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"Every Creature a Word of God"
Book Review - by Suzana Megles
A beautiful central theme is found throughout the book. It is a psalm we
are all familiar with --Ps. 145 -God is kind and compassionate to all His
creatures. Biblical accounts generally permeate the pages starting with the
shared experiences of both humans and animals in the Garden of Eden. Another
repeated thematic reminder is given when the authors repeat what Christ said
to His followers --that whoever wishes to be the greatest should aspire to
be the least. A remark that is not lost on us who care about how we treat
our animal brothers and sisters.
Questions which may have puzzled us re the animal condition are dealt
with here with wonderful new insights. Was Jesus vegetarian? What's wrong
with eating fish? Did Jesus partake of the Paschal Lamb? They felt that
since Jesus was the Pascal lamb, there was no need for another lamb to be
present at the Last Supper.
Both young authors are eminently qualified to comment on religious
subjects as Annika is an ordained deacon in the Church of Sweden (Lutheran)
and Pelle holds an MA in Religious Studies. Annika works with the Swedish
Christian Vegetarian movement and Pelle is involved with The Rescue Service,
a Swedish animal rights organization working with non-violent civil
disobedience. Both have been imprisoned for short times in this regard.
They have done a superb job in researching commonly held religious views
which have often not been helpful to the animals. Their quotes from and
stories of people of all religious persuasions and backgrounds are choice.
We recognize many of them and it is like meeting old friends with whom we
have so much in common. The accounts endeared me anew to all those who speak
for the animals --the saints, clerics, the Quakers, and esteemed writers
among them. They, Annika, and Pelle confirm our feeling that "Every Creature
is a Word of God."
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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's
compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a
Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee
in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn
more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God
created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals.
Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and
useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were
created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we
strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now
where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah
reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from
slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God'
(Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see
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