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Christian Bowhunters of America
Is it really Christian?
Comment by Andrew - 1 Sep 2006

After reading the letters concerning the Christian Bowhunters issue, I feel compelled to give some of you a perspective from the other side.

Let me start by saying that I am not a vegetarian or vegan. I am a hunter and a fisher. To those that can faithfully restrain from all types of animal products on all levels, I have deep and profound respect for you. You make considerable sacrifices in your life to support your beliefs. I do not wish to get into biblical verses of whether people are right or wrong based on their own interpretation of biblical texts. I consider myself to be a Christian. We are all entitled to have our own beliefs and opinions. If you believe that hunting game or catching fish condemns me to hell, than that is your opinion and you are entitled to it and I respect that. This is my opinion: I am 27 years old, married, and I have two beautiful daughters that I love very much. I was raised to respect nature and give and take with respect. I was given the choice to hunt as a youth, not forced. When I see a beautiful deer I appreciate the beauty of a creature that I believe God provided to us to admire and utilize as a healthy food source. On the plot of land that I hunt, I ensure it is clear of trash, I plant fields of corn and oats that I leave to stand as food for animals. When I harvest a deer, it is not for the size of the antlers, but for what I can humanely and quickly harvest. The meat is processed and we (my family) appreciate a low fat, inexpensive, and healthy food source. I have harvested young and old deer, turkey, squirrel, and elk alike. Not being selective in the appearance of the animal I kill, allows me to harvest the animal that I can take with a clean shot and a clean kill. I remind each of you that wish to preach and condemn and judge others that you are not perfect as I am not. You havenít the right to judge me. You are a mortal human being as I am.

Respect my views and my beliefs. I respect the views of a Buddhist and a Muslim. I might not agree with them, but they are entitled to live their lives as they wish. I wish to hunt. Please respect that.

Thank you for your time.

God bless.

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