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Comments by Rod Preece - 30 Jan 2003
It strikes me, Marijonas, very much in line with what you say, that it is quite significant that most of the world's religions tell a story of a primeval stage of human-animal complementarity and friendship with the capacity for interspecies communication in which all animals are vegetarian. In other words, something like a Garden of Eden or Isaiah XI is a common human insight and a part of primordial human consciousness - to which, when the days of groaning and travail are at an end, we shall return. God has implanted the idea as an integral part of the human consciousness.
Incidentally, I don't regard Bible teachings as, in general, inconsistent with science, but as a remarkable prescience of what science would discover. Provided one thinks of Biblical days as periods, the sequence of events in Genesis, for example, is remarkably accurate.
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