In Reference to: Why Christians Must Not Countenance Animal Mistreatment
In response to your article regarding Christians and Animal Mistreatment, what is your suggested recourse? That we must all be vegetarian? What do you define as animal mistreatment and victimization?
Was it mistreatment of animals when God required they be sacrificed on the altar by having their blood slowly drained as they were writing under the shackles, or when Jesus told the disciples to cast their nets to have full nets to then be dumped into their ships and the fish flip around gulping and suffocating? I'd just like to know your definition.
You also assert that "people are not equal either" when Acts 10:34 tells us that God is not a respecter of persons. You reference Jesus' rejection of victimization but all the examples you site are of people, not of animals. In Genesis 9:3-4 God said "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat." Current slaughterhouse practices comply with the dictate to remove the blood, so virtually all meat today is acceptable to eat according to God.
Romans 14:6b says "He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth god thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks." That sounds to me that the decision to meat is up to the conscience of the individual. Paul says in Romans 14 not to eat meat around people who would be offended by that.