Head Back To Eden
By Lance Landall
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Head Back To Eden
By Lance Landall

“But they soon forgot His works; they did not wait for His counsel. But they had a wanton
craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; He gave them what
they asked [flesh food — He sent them quails], but sent a wasting disease among
them [God’s response to those who lusted after flesh food]” (Ps 106:13-15).

When God created this earth, He did not intend we eat
Those creatures He’d created, that moo, oink, quack, cluck, or bleat.
In fact, no creature at all, was to be eaten as food,
Thus, many should change their diet, direction, and attitude.

The killing of creatures, and flesh consumption, occurred post-Fall,
Our measuring stick, is the state that existed pre-Fall.
It’s that, we should emulate, not the state we see post-Fall,
So, head back to Eden, the garden, the diet God gave pre-Fall.

Killing creatures for food, just isn’t right, nor necessary,
Such killing hardens the heart, it’s callous, and predatory.
Not just we — have a right to life — but God’s creatures as well,
Plus, talking about love, yet killing creatures, just doesn’t gel.

Those who kill creatures for food, or sport, die somewhat, within,
And some become so hardened, they could kill a man, and grin.
Their love for guns and bullets, borders on the obsessive.
Their false idea of manhood, makes them hard and aggressive.

Often, the heads of prized trophies, are found lining their walls;
Such heartless indifference, our just Creator appalls.
They’re soon seen seeking out more, enjoying the buzz they get
Stalking and slaying innocent creatures, that pose no threat.

But aren’t all just as heartless, who put food upon their plate
Taken from some creature, killed on their behalf; I must state.
They’ll happily eat creatures, but kill them themselves? No way!
They would rather go without; hypocrisy, one might say.

The diet that God first gave us, was the one He knew was best,
It was that one — for all living things — He ordained and blessed.
He wants to wean His people, from their harmful post-Fall food,
As the diet He first gave us, slaughtered creatures didn’t include.

Now, going by the Scriptures, God condemns what wrecks our health,
And, evidence clearly shows, that flesh food will wreck our health.
So, why did God allow certain things, like flesh? We can only guess,
But one thing is very clear, such things He didn’t always bless.

Yes, God did allow flesh food, post-Fall, but, with stipulations:
Only certain creatures, no blood, no fat — wise eliminations!
However, He points back to Eden, as, He is well aware,
That there you’ll find His blueprint, that there, what’s best for us is clear.

Both killing, and flesh consumption, resulted from sin,
Therefore, neither of them, are of Edenic origin.
This means: Eden’s diet must be best, and the right one to choose,
And as for killing creatures, surely love, such would refuse.

Don’t be like the Israelites, who desired their own way,
Take note of their rebellion, how they wrongly went astray,
Tell me, why kill and eat a creature, where Eden’s diet is found,
And why repeat history, why make choices that aren’t sound?

No, Christians killing creatures, simply doesn’t gel with me,
Nor their eating harmful food, that ill health will guarantee.
Killing’s an abhorrent act, eating flesh food is unwise,
And both, will desensitize us, and also brutalize.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you
have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price;
therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor 6:19,20).

“If any one destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy,
and you are that temple” (1 Cor 3:17).

“The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young
shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over
the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. They will not
hurt or destroy on my holy mountain…” (Isa 11:6-9).


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