Ecclesiastes 3:19-21: A View of the Souls and Spirits of Humans and Animals
By William Morgan - 14 Apr 2011
Dear Frank and Mary,
Thank you for the dignity of a response. So many seemingly ignore people who respond to their websites with comments and/or questions, thanks again for taking time to respond.
I can appreciate what you said about not seeing eye-to-eye with all of Rev. Mike's writings... as humans we will disagree about many things, including interpretation of scripture.
I was concerned about Rev. Mike somewhat distorting Genesis 9:9-10 by saying God had made the same covenant with animals that he made with man and that put us on a level playing field, if you will, and because of such we should not kill animals and should all be vegetarians. His distortion was really more of an intentional omission of Gen 9:11 ... which states what the actual covenant is.. "I establish my covenant with you; Never again will all life be destoyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.".................. nothing there to suggest God commands vegetarianism.
I appreciate how you said you didn't see eye-to-eye with Rev. Mike then you said that you "try to stay more in line with scripture". You then stated that you believed that "His (God's) giving the animals to humans to eat was only a concession because of the hardness of the human heart."
God giving animals to man was a blessing.. plain and simple. IF you are going to "stay more in line with scripture" then it is vital that you read the scripture passage as a whole and not omit parts that are contrary to the issue you want to validate.
Genesis 9:1-3 states that "God BLESSED Noah and his sons..." (not a concession by any means). God gave them dominion over all creatures and said I GIVE them to you for food.... "Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."
Once again, brother and sister, If you want to be a vegan, that is fine. It's YOUR choice. But please, just simply read scripture for what it says and stop trying to make it fit your decisions. You do not need to MAKE scripture say something it doesn't just to validate your choice to be a vegan.
God has given us a free will to make decisions on our own and as long as those decisions are not contrary to God's law in any way then those decisions are ok. Being a vegan is your choice and it is not contrary to God's law so therefore it is fine. But please, again I ask you, please do not distort scripture or omit scripture to make it support an agenda.
As minister's we are supposed to be the under-shepherds of Christ shedding HIS light in darkness. We should not be authors of confusion.
God Bless You,