The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973



Killing doesn't absolve sins

Mr. H - implies that slaying large numbers of cows could atone for Christendom's historical relationship with atrocity.

I cannot detect any ethical or theological integrity within this notion.

Every Biblical prophet towards 500BC (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Micah) was keen to rubbish the concept of animal sacrifice absolving human sin.

It merely compounded matters (Isaiah 1:11-17). In the New Testament Christ underlined the point by quoting Hosea 6:6, "I desire mercy not sacrifice" (Matthew 12:7).

Yet most of the Christian world perpetuates the sacrifice of countless animals on the altar of human appetite. Eight hundred million animals meet with a gruesome and pitiless fate each year in UK abattoirs.

It would appear that very little spiritual evolution has occurred in Christian conscience over two millennia. There have been figures and movements throughout the history of the tradition that have avoided involvement with violent manifestations of faith.

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