Ecclesiastes 3:19-21: A View of the Souls and Spirits of Humans and Animals
By William Morgan - 15 Apr 2011
Dear Frank and Mary,
I completely understand you arguing against the mass production of cattle (and whatever else) as an often chosen cost effective means to slaughter that does not seem "humane" and compassionate toward the animals. I have seen enough documentaries to agree we should continue to address it and try to change it. But nowhere in scripture does God command vegetarianism.
I find it a real stretch that you even try to compare the notion of hard-heartedness that lead to the concession of divorce (and I agree it was a concession by God), to this issue. Bottom line, God GAVE man animals for food, not as a concession, but as a blessing. He gave man dominion over animals as a blessing, making us what he considered us to be, the crown of his creation.
Hunting for sport just for the heads and carcasses etc etc .. is very wrong, but hunting for food is good because God blessed Noah saying "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything". God put us at the top of the food chain, deal with it.
You said ... "Even though God did bless Noah and his sons, He still considered them evil from their youth as He said in (Gen) 8:21, and there is nothing to suggest that this blessing extended any further" ....... Well, last I checked chapter 9 comes AFTER chapter 8, and Genesis 9:1 is where we find the words "Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them.........".
I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.
But if you want to go vegetarian, so be it, God will not disapprove so you do not need to try and make it sound like it is God's command because it is not.
"And on the eight day God said 'Let there be vegetarians'....." I've checked the scriptures.... NOPE, it's not there.