Animal Gospel

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea. ~Isaiah 11:9

To summarize what’s in my heart on the subject of this website, I could think of nothing better or more appropriate than a quote from Andrew Jukes from March 25, 1867:

"Truth spoken before its time may be not hurtful only, but even most unlawful. The Christian truth, that 'there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek,' and that 'circumcision is nothing,' would surely have been unlawful, because untimely, in the Jewish age. So even now there may be many eternal verities which are beyond what St. Peter calls 'the present truth,' and which may therefore 'not be lawful for a man to utter.' But the fact that God Himself is ever opening out His truth seems a sufficient reason for making it know as far as He opens it. Is not His opening it to His servants an intimation to them that His will is that they should declare and publish it? Age after age the day arrives to utter something which till the appointed day is come has been 'a secret hid in God.' The very gospel which we all believe once jarred on many minds as a doctrine directly opposed to and subversive of the law given by God to Moses.

The doctrine here stated, therefore, though it runs like a golden thread through Holy Scripture, may, because as yet it has been hidden from many of God's children, be condemned by them as contrary to God's mind, just as Paul's gospel, when first proclaimed, was charged with being opposed to that old law of which it was but the fulfillment. In every age the man of faith can only say, 'We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.'

Truth may, and indeed must, vary in form as time goes on,--Christ Himself, the Truth, at different stages appears differently,--for God has stooped to this, to give us truth as we can bear it; stooped therefore to be judged as inconsistent; because He is Love, and waits to reveal Himself till we are prepared for the revelation. But the end will justify all His ways..." [From the Preface to “The Second Death And The Restitution Of All Things” by Andrew Jukes]

To me, the point depicted in our masthead picture is that God hears both our prayers and the prayers of those creatures whose cries are often not heard anywhere else in society.


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