1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Mankind kills animals for sport, for entertainment, or for so-called
ďfoodĒ because most human beings are living in the corrupt ways of this
world and not living in the heavenly will of God.
I used the word ďmankindĒ in this sermon because that was the word used in the Bible; today it is more correct to use the words ďhumankindĒ or ďpeople,Ē however in this case I will stay with the word ďmankindĒ to reflect the Bible translation language.
According to Genesis 1:29, humans were only to eat plant foods, but when they disobeyed God and followed the devil, they began to eat animal flesh and by-products, which was not to be their food, and as a result they brought upon themselves many, if not all of our chronic diseases, and perhaps all diseases.
And our human disobedience, lust and greed caused animals immense suffering and began a systematic corruption of our environment which has been getting worse over the years.
The only way to end this corruption is to become vegan and live in Godís heavenly will.
Letís think about these things as we look at Jeremiah 17:5-10 where he speaks for the LordÖ
5. Thus says the LORD,
"Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
We see a double meaning in this verse: the first refers to people putting
their trust and strength in other people, or human flesh, the second is the
considering of animal flesh giving us strength, both of which are turning
away from God, and cause millions of humans and billions of animals to
suffer and die every year.
Furthermore, most people donít even seem to recognize the problem, or perhaps they donít want to recognize it, but whatever the case, it leads to mankind killing animals, which is against Godís heavenly will.
6. "For he will be like a bush in the desert
And will not see when prosperity comes,
But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,
A land of salt without inhabitant.
In other words, most people wonít recognize the good life we could have by
living in the heavenly will of God instead of living in the corrupt and evil
ways of this world.
So, Jeremiah and the Lord give us an example of what we are missingÖ
7. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
8. "For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.
In other words, if we live in the heavenly will of God everything will be
better than it would be than if we live in the corrupt and evil ways of this
world where mankind kills animals.
Then Jeremiah and the Lord tell us whyÖ
9. "The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?
10. "I, the LORD, search the heart,
I test the mind,
Even to give to each man according to his ways,
According to the results of his deeds.
We may not be able to search the intent of the heart of other people as the
Lord can, but we can definitely see the results of a deceitful heart and
soul in the way the person lives and speaks, and God says that He will give
each person what he or she deserves based upon the way they live.
To us the easiest way to observe this is to notice all the diseases that people who eat animal flesh and by-products have, because we strongly believe that these chronic diseases are the curse that God put upon those who eat animals.
Now letís take a look at Luke 6:17-26, and see if anything Jesus says would counter the present situation in which mankind kills animals.
17. And He descended with them [the disciples], and stood on a level place;
and there was a great multitude of His disciples, and a great throng of
people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and
18. who had come to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured.
Every time I hear of these kinds of gatherings, I always wonder about how many people in the crowd were there to have their lives changed into becoming children of God who live in His heavenly will, and I doubt if there were very many, for I believe that most of the people were only there to get a healing from Jesus without repenting or changing their lives.
19. And all the multitude were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.
To us this is further proof that my understanding of people only wanting what they can get from Jesus, for they are not even waiting for Jesus to offer it, but are trying to take it from Him, which shows us their hardness of heart, the same kind of hardness that kills animals.
20. And turning His gaze on His disciples, He began to say, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
This most likely means that they are actually economically poor, but at the same time they are thankful for what they have, which brings them a lot closer to God and His heavenly will; most of mankind kills animals, but the children of God who live in His heavenly will do not, which we believe is the reason that they inherit the kingdom of God.
21. "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
We can be hungry for food, and we can weep because we are personally sad,
but we believe there is much more to the meaning of this verse, for if we
hunger for righteousness and weep because of the violent and ungodly ways of
the world, and strongly desire Godís heavenly will to be on earth as it is
in heaven, then what Jesus is saying makes sense.
And remember that mankind kills animals because they live in the corrupt and violent ways of this world instead of in the heavenly will of God.
22. "Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and cast insults at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
This happens to us and many others because we are vegan animal rights
people, and especially because we are Christian vegan animal rights
activists; so, instead of getting angry and want to fight back against their
insults, we should feel blessed because for us it is proof that we are doing
exactly what the Lord our God wants us to do; that is, if we have a personal
relationship with the Lord.
If any of us donít have Jesus in our lives as our personal Lord and Savior, then confess your sins to Him and ask Him to forgive you and change your life so that you truly become a child of God who lives in His heavenly will.
23. "Be glad in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.
This is what every child of God should feel and recognize.
24. "But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.
Jesus is telling the crowd and us about the people who do anything to get
more and more money, for it is their god.
They are also part of the reason that mankind kills animals, for they lack empathy for the whole of Godís creation; instead they only love what makes them wealthier.
25. "Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
This is also the state of the rich people who love money for themselves, but it also takes money to help change the world by waking people up to the horrors they are doing to Godís creation, and bring them to repentance and a life in the heavenly will of God.
26."Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for in the same way their
fathers used to treat the false prophets.
In other words, we are to be real children of God who live in His heavenly
will at all times, before the world around us, as a witness against them.
Mankind kills animals when people are worldly, but they donít when they are heavenly.
Christian vegan animal rights people are not Christ, but they are more Godly than most of the people in the world, and we should compare our lives with what Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, about what some people said about Jesus.
12. Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
This is a very similar situation to people who say that God wants them to
eat meat, when in fact it is against the heavenly will of God.
Just because the Bible doesnít say that we are to be vegan, a word that only appeared fairly recently, is no reason for people to discount the fact that in Genesis 1:29 God commands us to eat the plant foods that He created for us to eat.
And this is the same kind of attitude that these people used to say that Jesus didnít rise from the dead.
If we donít believe in Godís word, then we must be listening to the devilís promptings; we canít have it both ways.
Humans kill animals because they arenít living in the heavenly will of God; they are living in the corrupt ways of this world.
13. But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been
14. and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
This is very true, and like our explanation above, the same things apply to our preaching that we should be Christian vegan animal rights activists.
15. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we witnessed against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
And using the same reasoning, arenít we doing the same thing if God did not command us to eat only the plant foods that He created for us to eat?
16. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised;
17. and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
I donít believe that our faith is worthless, because of all the positive
results that come from being vegan, such as better health, not killing
animals, and helping to improve our environment.
Paul is writing about Jesus, and what he is saying is true, but we need to apply his reasoning to all aspects of our lives.
Jesus did rise from the dead, and all His teachings are true, and we should follow them in every aspect of our lives.
18. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
We donít believe that this is true because we strongly believe that when we die and when the animals die, we all go to be with the Lord in heaven.
19. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to
20. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
And because Christ lives, we and the animals shall live with Him in heaven.
The fact that mankind kill animals will become fewer and fewer, the more we come to realize the truth about Godís heavenly will, and feel the pain and suffering of the animals.
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