Biblical "Justification" of Cruelty to Animals a Stumbling Block to Faith
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Biblical "Justification" of Cruelty to Animals a Stumbling Block to Faith
Comments by Carol - 9 Jun 2007

Iíve read some interesting thoughts on the killing and eating of animals. This is a huge stumbling block for me.

I would like to believe in God but these acts of violence cannot be justified, if they are correct.

What holds me back in my belief is:

I canít accept a God who requires brutality and cruelty to be able to forgive.

Also ďhowĒ does sacrificing a defenseless lamb (animals) allow God to be able to forgive us (as in the old testament)

Then there is the sacrifice of Jesus, why would a loving, just God need Jesus to die a brutal, torturous death to be able to forgive, what did that do for him? And how does it allow the sins of this world to be forgiven, it just doesnít make any sense.

Some people have told me that God is a just God, who cannot overlook sin and all sin must be paid for with blood. If thatís true that says to me that God is cruel, unloving and totally lacking in compassion.

I also donít understand how Jesus dying so violently, makes my sin look any better to God. Surely if I came to God with a repentant heart, sincerely meaning it; would allow God to forgive, how does Jesus death make it any easier? It just doesnít add upÖ the reasons people in the church give arenít reasons at all. Its just talk that doesnít answer the question.

Although Iíve only briefly read through some of the info on this site, it appears that you support animal welfare and vegetarianism which is so commendable.

Kind Regards

Carol
Australia

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