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Letter From Jennifer Ehinger Concerning God's Will - 19 Jan 2004
 

Being a vegan is great, but what about after the flood? You talk about God on your website like he wants us all to be vegans still but he changed the rules (He can, you know, he's God:) Great website, though, I'm going to try Ezekiel's bread. Thanks.

Jen

Genesis 9
God's Covenant With Noah

1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.

2 The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.

3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

4 "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.

Reply by Frank L. Hoffman

Dear Jennifer:

Thank you for you email and compliments.

The Biblical reference you asked about is part of the concession that God granted human beings because of the hardness of their hearts. We know that there was no death in the Eden of God's creation, and there is no death in heaven (Revelation 21:4) and in the peaceable kingdom (Isaiah 11:6-9). We are taught to pray for God's heavenly will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

Jesus also tells us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) God recognizes our sinful natures, but always tries to encourage us to "raise the bar" to higher and higher levels of perfection. To cause an animal to suffer and die for human food, when there is plenty of plant foods available, is lowering the bar just as God allowed in Genesis 9, but this is not His intent or desire.

You might be interested in reading:
Living In The Will Rather Than The Concessions of God
http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons98/s17mar2002.html  

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank

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