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

God First Granted Permission to Eat Meat:

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."

Genesis 9:4
"But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it." (God wanted the blood removed from meat before consumption.)

In Exodus 16:10-13 God provided meat for the Israelites:

While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the clouds. [11] The Lord said to Moses, [12) "I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ĎAt twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.í "

[13] That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.

Biblical References To Hunters:

Genesis 10:9
He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord."

Genesis 25:27
The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. Hunting regulations found in the Bible offer insight into the reality of hunting

Leviticus 17:13-14
" ĎAny Israelite or any alien living among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover the earth, [14] because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, "you must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off."
(The eating of the game was obviously permissible, pending the removal of blood as noted.)

Old Testament List of Animals God Permitted Man to Eat:

Deuteronomy 14:4-5
"These are the animals you may eat: the sheep, the goat, [5] the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope and the mountain sheep."
(Considering that the deer, gazelle, roe deer, wild goat, ibex and mountain sheep were all wild animals, though they were permissible for food, they would first have to be hunted or trapped before they could be eaten. God would certainly not have approved them for human consumption if He were opposed to hunting.)

Deuteronomy 12:15
"Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer, according to the blessing the Lord your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it."

In I Corinthians 10: 25-26, the Apostle Paul says: "Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, [26] for the Earth is the Lordís, and everything in it."

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