Re: Genesis 9:1-4 - A Commentary on God's Concession to Eat Flesh by Frank L. Hoffman
Maynard wrote: "Ray, respectfully, I don't think that anyone's posture toward 'reading the Bible' needs to be configured a certain way. I think it's an act of individual freedom - reading the Scriptures."
Maynard wrote: "But I'd be interested in how you derive - from reading the Bible belief-fully - an obligation to read the Bible with an understanding that God removed from animals the curse of eating them."
The original curse has not been removed, as millions of people "Surely die" as promised from eating animals (Fruit of the knowledge of good & evil). Cancer, heart disease, Swine & Avian Flu, Small Pox, Measles, Salmonella, E-coli.......and so on are still the ways that God keeps his promise that Man will surely die if he eats of it.
But as far as God's concession with Noah and my point: Genesis 6
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
The LORD said, " I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them."
LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
Right after the end of Genesis 8, the beginning of Genesis 9 says:
(we need to keep things in context, they are not separate statements)
2"The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.
3"Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.
If we can keep these statements in context, it becomes obvious.
Maynard wrote: "To my current thinking, that derivation doesn't make much sense in terms of a Creation intention."
It makes perfect sense, God intended and still intends Man to be vegetarian, Man wrote the Bible to allow flesh eating because Man likes to taste flesh.
Maynard wrote: "I think that starting fro ma beleif-ful reading would bring about a more integrated and internally coherent worldviewish approach towards the questions regarding nonhuman personhood."