A Scriptural Defense of Hunting
Remember God's Word says in Genesis 9:3
"Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."
By Russell Thornberry
Reprinted by permission from Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine Oct 1999 issue
A billboard along Interstate 27 near Amarillo, Texas, boldly proclaimed, "Jesus was a vegetarian. Show respect for Godís creatures - follow Him." It caused such uproar that the advertising company that hoisted the astounding proclamation removed the controversial message. Guess who was behind that billboard and others in Tulsa, Atlanta, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with similar campaigns planned for Dallas, Colorado Springs and Omaha? PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals), of course. Amazingly, in taking the liberty of using Jesus as a campaign figurehead against the killing of animals and bill boarding Him as a vegetarian, they missed one important issue: the truth!
PETAís billboard message is incorrect on two fronts: (1) that Jesus was a vegetarian, and (2) that showing respect for Godís creatures precludes killing animals or eating meat. To adopt these assumptions, one would have to abandon the Bible as objective truth and God as the Supreme Being and Creator of the universe. If one is willing to abandon a biblical definition of truth, Jesus has also to be abandoned, making what He did or didnít eat a non issue.
While I am not surprised at any attempt by PETA to cloud the truth, nor do I expect to change their point of view, I am compelled to offer a biblical rebuttal to PETAís billboard campaign for the clarity of Christians who might be confused about Godís position on the killing and eating of animals, or even hunting.
First, understand that God and Jesus are of one accord on every matter without exception, and they always have been - even before man existed. The Bible states that God made man in His image. In fact, in Genesis 1:26, God says, "Let us make man in our image and in our likeness ..." The word "our" notes the plurality of the Godhead be commonly referred to as the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which existed collectively before man was created. Therefore, man was created in the image of both God and of Jesus. Jesus and God are indivisible in terms of their nature and character (John 14:9 - Jesus answered: "Donít you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" - NIV)
So when God gave animals to man for food, Jesus was not (could not be) in opposition to that decision, since He and God are one. And since God cannot sin, in keeping with His sinless character and nature, He could not ordain anything for man that would be sinful. Therefore, Godís provision that animals would be provided for man to eat was neither wrong nor sinful, creating no mandate nor benefit for Jesus to abstain from eating meat.
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