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.
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
PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR 3. The Goodness of Creation After having condemned asceticism, Paul goes on to counter the teaching of the proto-Gnostics in regard to creation. Sadly, once again the older translations, while excellent, like the KJV and even YLT...read more
We left off in Part Two where Marcello is discussing asceticism, that it is often a subset of legalism and alloyed with it; but though it is normal that they would appear together, they must be distinguished from each other, they are not the same thing. PART ONE PART...read more
We continue with Part Two..... 2. The Text of 1 Timothy 4 1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own...read more