Hunting and the Bible

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Hunting and the Bible
Comments by Frank L. Hoffman - 18 Jun 2003

Dear Jonathan:

Thank you for your email and questions.

Christianity incorporates the Hebrew Bible into our Christian Bible, and therefore it should also incorporate the Hebrew understanding of its teachings, unless Jesus gave us a different interpretation.

You will never find a believing Jew to be a sport hunter, because to kill for pleasure is considered to be evil. In fact, two of the most evil people in the Bible were considered to be Nimrod and Esau, who were both hunters, because their desire to kill corrupted their whole sense of loving and compassion.

Jesus teaches us to be loving and compassionate peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), and Paul carries this forward and teaches us that this should be extended to the whole of creation (Romans 8:18-25). If we truly believe these teaching, then we shouldn't kill any living being, nor harm the environment.

When Jesus taught us to pray for our Father's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, He meant it. There is no death in heaven, and thus all believers should work to eliminate death on earth to the fullest extent possible.

We hope you will change your mind and not go hunting and kill another living being, who suffers and feels pain, and wants to live in peace just as you do.

In the Love of the Lord,


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