Frequently Asked Questions
Do Christians willingly ignore this?
Ephesians 4:17-24 talks about those who through the hardness of their
hearts have excused themselves from the life of God and have given
themselves over to a darkening of their understanding. It says that
through this hardness of heart they’ve come to a place of being callous
and through their callousness they’ve given themselves over to
sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
The life of God is to know God and His Son, Jesus Christ, according to
John chapter 17. We know God and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the
various Covenants contained in the Scriptures and through their
application by prayer, fasting, thanksgiving, and every other detail
that the Bible indicates is involved with inheriting the promises.
Ephesians 2:12 mentions a series of Covenants in the plural that make up
the New Covenant.
You can know the Lord in His Covenant of new birth for your own
eternal spirit and be a stranger to the Covenant of promise that relates
to your bodily healing or financial prosperity. In those particular
Covenants that you’re not well versed in and firmly planted in – in
those particular areas alone, you can be without hope and without God in
the world. It’s not that you’d be disqualified from going to heaven when
you’d die. But you’d simply live in an area of hell, as an orphan, in
that area, (or areas,) that you’re ignorant of, while you’re still here
on earth. The Scriptures contain Covenants for our spirit, for our soul,
for our body, for our finances, for our social life, and for the
Creation around us that equally demand of us our eager participation for
the blessings in each of those areas to be inherited.
Richard Ryder has a new edition of his book, "Animal Revolution: Changing Attitudes Towards Speciesism" that has a chapter in it that deals with Church history and shows a strong leaning towards the animal rights movement in Christianity until the coming of the "ministry" of Thomas Aquinas. And he documents with Aquinas the beginning of a disregard for animals in Christianity because Aquinas merged in his theology elements of the philosophy of Aristotle. So, for the most part, we’re talking about a deeply ingrained 800-year-old tradition of blatant disregard for animals on the part of many Christian groups. But more and more Christians are being awakened to more accurate readings of Scripture. Those of us who have a regard for the life of animals are destined to become the majority in Christianity, so don’t lose hope!
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