Mankind’s Dominion, God’s Suffering Creatures, and Our Call to Merciful, Loving Stewardship
We are Disciples of Jesus who love His animal kingdom! Animals today are exploited on every level by man: factory farms, vivisection, fur farms, puppy mills, canned hunting and hunting in general as a sport, animals in entertainment, and others.
The focus of this site is on our special calling to help bring the voice of Christ to issues surrounding His animal Kingdom. In no way are we alienating the human race nor downplaying the many serious issues plaguing mankind; to the contrary. Christ’s love is indivisible. His call to us to care for the earth and the animals is as urgent as is our call within any issue plaguing mankind, as we witness for ourselves what is happening to the human race precisely because we have not heeded this particular call. There is room within the doctrine of the church for these issues. The call to practice Christ’s Kingdom values of love, kindness, mercy, non-violence extend to ALL He has made, first out of respect, love, and obedience to our Mutual Creator, and next, because as those created in His Image, we were created to do so.
Landscape of Paradise and the Loading of the Animals in Noah’s Ark By Jan Brueghel the Elder - Sotheby's, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7792047 (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four) As it was in the Days of Noah In commenting on...read more
Noah's Ark by Chris Light By Chris Light - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57301804 Genesis 9 within the Greater Bible Story ( Part One, Part Two, Part Three) The story of the Flood is foundational to understanding how...read more
Part Three Violence and Shalom ( Part One, Part Two) While God does accommodate to human weakness and at times allows limited forms of violence, his heart is always for non-violence and his ideal of shalom represented in the first two chapters of Genesis, and...read more
Part Two The Concession of Meat-Eating (For Part One go here) After the Flood has destroyed all of humanity and the animal creation, apart from those within the ark, Noah offers sacrifices of clean animals to God. Much has been made of the words immediately after...read more
Part One Genesis 9:3 is often used to justify meat-eating as God’s will in the present age. At the same time, Genesis 9:3 is normally juxtaposed with Genesis 1:29 — in which humanity is given a vegan diet — with Genesis 9:3 as de facto annulling the previous scripture...read more
PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE PART SIX 6. Conclusions In summary, in this essay I have argued that 1 Timothy 4 is simply reiterating the teachings of traditional Judaism about the goodness of God’s creation, marriage and the body. It does this...read more
PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE Last week in Part Five, we learned about how the Jewish Tradition has understood the blessing of food before meals. We learned that in the "Jewish tradition meat and fish, together with animal foods, come last in the...read more
PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE We left off in Part Four discussing whereby when God created each part of the creation he saw that "it was good." The light, the land, the vegetation and seed bearing plants/trees, the heavens, every living creature on...read more