The Fellowship of Life
I really must congratulate The Universe (February 20) in highlighting
what must be the most lamentable case for bloodsports ever to see print!
There are four actual hunters mentioned in the Bible; Nimrod (Genesis
10: 8-9), founder of the Babylonian Empire which opposes God throughout
scripture and is destroyed in the Book of Revelation.
Ishmael (Genesis 16 and 21:20), whose unfavourable standing is dealt
with in Galatians 4: 22-31).
Esau, whose occupation is contrasted with his brother Jacob in
Genesis 25:27 and who receives appropriate condemnation from St Paul in
Romans 9: 8-13.
The fourth hunter is found in Revelation 6:2 as the rider of the
white horse with the hunting bow, yet another poor contrast to the theme
of the Good Shepherd!
Throughout the Psalms and Proverbs, "snares" are used to describe the
devices of the ultimate hunter; OF SOULS!
Let us not forget that God's eventual aspiration for mankind is a
return to his originally intended Peaceable Kingdom, where hunting is
specifically abolished (Hosea 2:18).
From the New Testament we had an entirely inappropriate reference to
Christ's exorcism of Gerasa and the fate of the Garadene swine. Jesus
was no malevolent magician.
It is safe to venture that the exorcised demons would have been
vengeful and destructive enough to find their own way into the perfectly
innocent pigs concerned.
It is very difficult to equate mystical phenomenom with conventional
fishing practises as Christ's intention was to alleviate suffering, not
On that basis there is no reason to assume that the MIRACLES were
anything less than humane in every sense.
Given the number of Christian saints noted and indeed beatified for
their love of the animal creation, I for one shall give Our Lord the
benefit of the doubt!
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