A Scriptural Defense of Hunting

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PETAís "Jesus Campaign" Isnít Biblical (...cont)

By Russell Thornberry Reprinted by permission from Buckmasters Whitetail Magazine Oct 1999 issue

Furthermore, Jesus was a Jew, and according to Jewish tradition, the Passover meal included lamb. According to the Bible, Jesus participated in the Passover meal as is evidenced by several passages of scripture, including Luke 22:7-8 and Luke 22:15.

Luke 22:7-8 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. [8] Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."

Luke 22:15 And He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer."

The perfect lamb sacrificed and served in the Jewish Passover meal was symbolic of Jesus himself, the perfect Lamb of God who would be sacrificed for the sins of mankind. For that reason, it would have been unthinkable for Jesus to refuse to eat the lamb served in the Passover meal.

The Commandment ďThou Shalt Not KillĒ must also be understood in view of this context. The commandment directed man not to take the life of another human being. Otherwise, God would have contradicted Himself by directing animals to be killed as sacrifices in the Old Testament.

If it were wrong or sinful to eat meat, then when Jesus multiplied the fish and the loaves to feed the hungry multitudes, he would have been leading them into sin. Perhaps he could have set the fish aside and just multiplied the loaves, but he didnít. Does that mean that by offering fish as part of a meal to the multitudes that Jesus lacked "respect" for fish as a creation of God (Himself)? Of course not. Jesus understood what He ordained in the creation process as part of the Godhead, that animals were placed in manís stewardship to the glory of God and the benefit of the earth, which included being used as a source of food for mankind. Divine life is the issue.

At the heart of the animal rights campaign is the pivotal issue of divine life. When we fail to recognize the distinctions that were made by God, we (human beings) are left to determine what is of ultimate value. When man is considered just a more highly developed form of biological life, he/she has no more intrinsic value than a lower developed form of biological life. Thus, God equals biological life. When God is reduced to nothing more than biological life, then all biological life must be protected equally.

However, the Bible teaches that man was created by God in His own image and given the responsibility to manage all other forms of life for the glory of God and the benefit of the earth. For example: Noah was instructed to preserve the animals.

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