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The Mitzvah Thou shall not KILL.
How far is that Mitzvah to be taken?
What does it mean in the Hebrew? After all that is the language the Law was given in before it was translated into Greek and then Latin and then English so could the original meaning have been lost in the translations?
Before pontificating on the ramification of animals having feelings questions arise;
What does the writer mean by the term “animals”? They need to qualify it.
Does it include all creatures?
Does it mean just some creatures?
Does it mean just Mammals?
1. A living organism which feeds on organic matter, usually one with specialised sense-organs and nervous system and able to respond rapidly to stimuli.
2. Such an organism others than man.
3. A brutish or uncivilised person.
If #1 is the understanding of the term “animal” there are a magnitude of ramifications which would make life on earth impossible except where there was heaven on earth.
Throughout the life of any one person it would be impossible not to deliberately transgress from the law of Yahweh and that would mean Teshuvah would be impossible. So there needs to be diligent research into the original meaning first given in the Hebrew scriptures.
In reading the article it would be pertinent for the writer to first of all look at the history of the New Testament its origins the interpretations before expressing opinion on what might or might not be. When the meaning is lost through translation bad interpretation or in some cases fabrication there are serious consequences not only for the teacher, unfortunately also for the reader who accepts without what is read.
The history of the Essenes, who they were and their religious theology – yes they were Jews however that does not mean they were true to the Moses teachings as given by Yahweh.
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