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Genesis 8:20-22 - The Intent of Man's Heart is Evil...

From the story about Noah’s time afloat on the ark, we also know that there was no death or eating of flesh, because we are not told of any loss of life.
 
God must have supplied all of them with enough plant food to last for the 300 days they spent aboard the ark.
 
The one thing that we don’t understand is why after all this time of living on plant foods without causing any death, Noah sacrificed some of the animals when they had come to dry land.
 
It couldn’t have been because there were no plants growing on dry land, because the dove brought back a freshly picked olive leaf (Genesis 8:11); so there must have been other plants growing for everyone to eat.
 
Note what we are told in Genesis 8:20-22...

20. Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
 
21. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
 
22. “While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”

In one of our New American Standard Bibles, the passages are color coded to reflect: grace, judgment, holiness, and sin.
 
All of these verses are classified as sin, including the first part of verse 21, which leads us to believe that the translators considered that righteous Noah had somehow changed, and had now reverted back to the ways of people before the flood.
 
Thus as we can clearly see in these verses, God considered Noah’s act of sacrificing living beings on an altar to be so evil, as to void His entire reason for bringing about the flood and saving only Noah, his family, and the animals to start a new world free of evil and death.
 
To us, God’s statement, that the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth, because of the sacrifice, is clear evidence that God’s intent is for us to follow His commandment to eat only plant foods.
 
The other thing we don’t understand is why so many church leaders are seemingly afraid to teach these truths to their congregations and to welcome with open arms those compassionate people who care about animals and don’t eat them.
 
Instead they seem to want to paint the vegan and vegetarian people, who are truly after the intent of God’s heart, as the bad guys and make them so uncomfortable that they most often leave the church.
 
Whose actions do you believe that God is pleased with?

Go on to: Proverbs 12:10 - Compassion and Justice for Animals
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