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22 December 1999 Issue

This Shall Be The Sign
Copyright 1997. Humane Religon/J.R.Hyland. Used by permission.

"And this shall be a sign unto you: ye shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloth, lying in a manger." (Luke 2:12)

When the time was fulfilled, and Jesus was to be born, the Lord God gave a sign that would bear witness to all generations to come. The child who came to redeem all creation began his life lying in a manger. He was born into the company of God's most humble creatures; the animals who had been created to be man's companions. The birth of Jesus, in this stable, was the sign that all beings -- human and animal -- were to be redeemed.

After the child was laid in the manger, God sent His messenger to bring good tidings to those men who had found favor in His sight. And the angel of the Lord found shepherds who were abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

God chose these Shepherds to first hear the good news of Christ's birth because they were the faithful stewards of His creation. They were men who nurtured and cared for the animals who had been given into their care.

And the glory of the Lord shone about them and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace."

The shepherds hastened to the stable where they found the infant, warmly nestled in the straw-filled manger. And they stood with Mary and Joseph, and with the oxen, the cow, and the sheep. Together, they rejoiced in the presence of the Promised One. And for that moment, in that place, there was truly Peace on Earth. The peaceful accord between all God's creatures that had been ordained at the creation of the world.

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Editor's note...
At this time of year our thoughts naturally gravitate to the story of the birth of Jesus. We, the staff of Animal Rights Online, apologize for any offense perceived by our fellow activists be they Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, agnostic, atheist or any other persuasion. For the Christian or non-Christian, the above site is of interest because it features articles which interpret the Bible in terms of Animal Rights and Vegetarianism.

The reason we occasionally feature a religiously oriented article in our newsletter is primarily so that our readers will know what the Bible says about animals and be able to defend their AR or vegetarian position when faced with arguments from a non-AR Christian.

We wish all Christians would move away from the idea that God gave mankind "dominion" over animals (which really means guardianship and not dominance) which is used as an excuse to use animals as they desire. The overall message of the Bible is compassion for and appreciation of all of God's creation.

For a large library of articles on animal rights from the points of view of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and secular ethics and philosophy visit... , AR-Voices: Essays, Guides, Journals, and Leaflets

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