Re: Comments by Frank and Mary Hoffman - 5 Aug 2009
I do not mean to sound argumentative... but there is much argument about whether Jesus ate meat / fish. We are not privy to the exact contents of his meals in God's word, and I believe it is because that is not the focus nor should it be ours. I am sad that so much time and attention is on this and not on the real focus of His life and death...it was not the final atonement to save the animals... it was to save us.
I am happy that you are strong with your convictions and also strongly disagree with the abuse and maltreatment of animals. As a Christian and one who works with abused children, I have a hard time getting nearly as passionate as you.
Someone said that God created us to be equal with animals, and although I know His love should be reflected in us in how we treat animals, I don't agree that they are equal to us. Genesis 1:26 states...'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' Now, this means we are responsible for them and should treat them humanely, but it is not that they are our counterparts as some have stated in this forum.
Again in Hebrews it states: "You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands." I say this humbly, but with the realization that we ARE God's creation, his children.
I am OK with the convictions you have, I just feel that with so much focus on animals, that statements made throughout this forum, that were not commented on, were wrong. Once such statement stating that belief in God's word wasn't right and when the church dies out, all the better...have been made and passed by. I for one think God is MUCH more concerned about his children...