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Living As God Originally Intended
by: Frank L. Hoffman
Published in Vegan Online Magazine 16 March 1998

God's original intent was that there would be no death, and that only plants and the fruit of the trees were to be the food of all of God's created beings (Gen. 1:29-30).  Truly, what God originally created was heaven on earth.  When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, one of the first things He said to pray for was "Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."  (Matt. 6:10)  If we believe God's Word, and truly pray in this manner, then we should work to achieve what we pray for.  And most importantly, Jesus Christ is our final sacrifice.  There is no longer any need for the further shedding of blood.  Thus, our diet should be plant based, and we should strive to give all peoples and animals the God given rights they deserve, and in the process protect and restore our environment.

Yes, we may have our doctrinal differences, but we have our commonality in the Lord our God who made us all and gave us the insight and ability to see beyond death and promote life for all of God's creatures, both human and otherwise, even upon this earth.  We need to work together in peace and harmony to achieve the good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Eph. 2:10).

Through unconditional love and compassion toward all of God's creation, we can change the world.  In that day, all of God's creatures here below will once again live together in peace and harmony, "for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." (Isaiah 9:11)

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