NOTE that all NCZoo/ARK ANIMALS are rescues that have been healed and rehabilitated but cannot be released. We we provide the best life physically and emotionally they can have.
Animal Rights? Human Rights? God's Rights?
Preview of my job
in God's New Creation
(see also ANIMAL ABUSE)
“A righteous person cares for the life [nephesh - soul] of his animal,
but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.”
Proverbs 12:10 NET
YES YOUR BELOVED PETS WILL GO TO "HEAVEN".
BUT WILL YOU BE THERE WITH THEM?
Scotty, the Good Shepherd Sheepdog assistant
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky,
and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life [nephesh = soul] of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.”
God's WAY is not
CHRIST vs. Evil-ution
WHY USE THIS TERM?
See Dr. Morris's article: "Evil-UTION" re: moral fruit of that belief system.
* See the following scholarly books & videos for more details on Darwin's legacy of racism, abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, violent global competition & conflict:
* Dr. Weikart's (Prof. Calif. State Univ., PhD in European History) comprehensive books:
- DEATH OF HUMANITY.
-- HITLER'S RELIGION.
-- FROM DARWIN TO HITLER.
-- HITLER'S ETHIC.
* Dr. Jerry Bergman
---- Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview
----THE DARK SIDE OF DARWIN
* EVOLUTION'S FATAL FRUIT (BOOK) (DVD)
SCOTTY - the Good Shepherd Sheepdog
Let the Animals Teach You:
Our “Good” Shepherd Creator is Better Then You Thought
Sid Galloway BS, M.Div.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life [nephesh = soul] of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
As a young zookeeper many years ago caring for elephants, lions, tigers, and bears, every day was like a day in Eden – almost. After college, my plan was to pursue a career in ethology (the study of animal behavior). Each morning began with special greetings from a menagerie of exotic animal friends. Knowing each one personally, serving them, training them, playing with them, and building relationships of love and trust was wonderful. It was extra special for me because I grew up feeling unloved and struggled with depressive suicidal feelings. My dog was the one who kept me from acting on the darkest thoughts. Then at the zoo, new animal friends did the same. Whenever I was spiraling down, a head rub from Mandy the loving leopard or a trunk hug from elephant Jean the gentle giant would keep me going. Just like my boyhood dog, they could always tell when I needed it.
Life was good. Yet something was missing, not with them, but deep inside me. I needed to find answers to life’s big questions: where did I come from, why did I exist, why is there so much suffering in the world, and what happens after I die? The more I saw and experienced the beautiful complexity of the animals, and especially their ability to think, feel, and communicate, the more convinced I became that they could never have evolved naturally from nonliving chemicals. Their mental abilities must have come from an intelligent designer who could think, feel, and communicate beyond them. Someone existed above the natural world, someone super-natural (Romans 1:20). I quit my job and set out to find who made us. However, I realize now that nobody needs to go anywhere to find Him. He wasn’t lost, I was. Lost following my way, instead of His (Isaiah 53:6).
Over many months of searching and praying, God providentially led to people and resources, including scholars of science and Scripture, with strong evidence revealing His identity and the profoundly simple answer to life’s big questions. The answer is Jesus, the promised Messiah, Good Shepherd Creator (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; John 1:1-18). As a Christian, I’m grateful not only to God, but also to His animals who kept me alive and helped lead me to Him, and then me to serve people. God must think caring for animals is good preparation for people soul-care, since Adam, Noah, Moses, and David all started out that way. Maybe that’s why I ended up becoming a counselor.
MAN’S TRADITION VS GOD’S TRUTH -
Could it be that our “traditional” view of animals’ intelligent, emotional minds, and of the God who created them falls far short of His full truth? Is it possible that by reforming our human perspective of God’s animal world in the light of His inerrant Word we could increase our impact on others for His honor? The following are just a few potentials that come to mind.
1. Glorify God as the source of even greater goodness.
2. Humble man’s prideful desire to deify humanity.
3. Enhance our understanding of human uniqueness.
4. Generate Good Shepherd-like interaction over His animal creatures.
5. Multiply Christ-like service to His human creatures.
6. Witness to a world that accuses Christianity of cruelty.
7. Enjoy deeper relationships with our fellow creatures, God’s animals who bless our lives.
During decades of service as an animal-assisted Christian family counselor, wildlife rehabilitator, science teacher, and seminar speaker, one of the greatest joys has been helping others glimpse God’s infinite goodness through His amazing animals. Favorite examples focused not on animal bodies, but on their psychosocial capacities to think, feel, and develop social relationships. The Hebrew term for this ability is “nephesh”, which is the same term used for humans (Genesis 1:20, 24; 2:7). It means “soul”, and the New Testament Greek equivalent is “psyche” as in psychology. One of the ways we are distinct from animals is that our “souls” can think about God and choose to follow or reject Him. Animals can’t, yet many of them can think and feel in surprisingly human ways. Not all organisms have nephesh capacities. The Bible never uses “nephesh” for plants. They are merely organic machines, originally designed to be the source of food for humans and nephesh animals before the fall (Genesis 1:26-31; 9:1-4). Nephesh is specifically used for vertebrates, the most complex of creatures.
Sadly in the past, many Christians underestimated animal nephesh qualities in an effort to emphasize the special nature of humans.“I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.” (Ecclesiastes 3:21) More recently, some Christians have overreacted to animal rights extremists and neglected opportunities to highlight animal psychology as powerful evidence for our Creator. The very existence of immaterial animal minds and emotions, capable of intimate relationships, cannot be explained by natural laws of matter. Ethologists are discovering that animals possess psychosocial abilities beyond anything we imagined. The secular world is recognizing this and speaking out about unnecessary animal suffering caused by insensitive human activities. But we Christians should be taking the lead in this area, like John Wesley whose sermon A GENERAL DELIVERANCE in the 1700’s emphasized God’s concern over suffering experienced by His animals. William Wilberforce and John Newton of AMAZING GRACE fame a generation later, were instrumental in the fight against human slavery and animal abuse. The focus of Scripture is on God and human salvation, yet its message about God’s nephesh animals is clear. “A righteous person cares for the life [nephesh] of his animal, but even the most compassionate acts of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10 NET)
WHAT WE CAN DO -
Good news, there are effective ways we can reveal the Good Shepherd’s creative hand manifested through animal souls. One way is through technical articles by Christian scientists demonstrating the irreducible complexity of psychophysiological systems. These interdependent systems require massive amounts of genetic and epigenetic information that could never have evolved by mutations or any other magical mystery mechanism. A magnificent programmer is the logically scientific explanation for such creatures.
The second way is for Christian authors to share nontechnical stories. That is, anecdotal testimonies of animals they’ve known personally and how those relationships reflected the Creator of an Eden paradise, not the suffering of survival of the fittest. Just mentioning it brings back memories of hundreds of relationships with exotic and domestic animals. Often it was like experiencing firsthand what Adam must have enjoyed in the Garden. Ali the black leopard transforming from a vicious enemy into a friend begging for tummy rubs. Banu the comedian Sun Bear orchestrating hilarious situations just to see us laugh. Panya the elephant inventing tools out of rocks to scratch her back. Yet it was my dogs not my wild, exotic animal friends who best revealed our Creator’s hand.
Is it an accident that the canine kind is genetically programmed for a vast variety of designer breeds to match any owner’s preference? Plus dogs have a built in social nature that fits better than any other creature as man’s best friends, members of human families. Topping it all is the irresistible face of a puppy and our preprogrammed attraction to their “cuteness”. As a boy my brother-in-law once said, “God made baby animals cute, so we wouldn’t be mean to them”.
People are powerfully drawn to God’s animals, proven by popular yet secular books and videos. Evolutionists have misused discoveries about animal souls and “societies” as evidence to honor Darwin, instead of our Creator Christ. Worse, they are convincing the culture that animalistic human behavior is normal, even worthy of exaltation (Romans 1). 9 Pray that our Good Shepherd will raise up Christians with experience and gifts to produce animal books and videos that draw lost human sheep into His loving arms (John 10).
Humans were created to rule over creation, but what does RULING God's Way really mean?
Too often theologians over emphasize and mistakenly mischaracterize the creation mandate for man to "rule over" creation. They miss the truly biblical character of what it means to "rule" God's Way as Christ rules:
"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Jesus demonstrated by His life that His heavenly Way of leadership is to be a servant leader, the opposite of man's sinful way of leadership. He rebuked those among his followers who wanted to rule the world's way. And He confronted the religious leadership for their failure to lead with the character of God, their Creator.
20- Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom. 22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
" . . . . 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall NOT be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave — 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus demonstrated pure and perfect servant leadership through His life. Even more, He fulfilled it by serving as our substitute through His death.
Zookeeper to Brother's Keeper:
It's been a privilege to spend a lifetime working with and caring for animals (literally lions, tigers, bears, elephants, etc. at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, emergency care at veterinary hospitals, rescuing & rehabbing for the Department of Wildlife, plus applying Animal Assisted Therapy as a counselor and teacher). The down side is that I've witnessed far too many cases of cruel insensitivity, even among people who claim to follow Christ, the Good Shepherd. Some of the animals I've known personally were better people than many of the humans. In fact, it was the animals that God used to save me from suicide many times in my youth and young adulthood.
Did you know that just as Jesus the Good Shepherd modeled the character of a loving "servant", the original job given by our Creator to humans was to serve - even the animals. Chapter one of Genesis is simply a generic outline of events. That first chapter merely states the fact that man with his higher intellect was designed to rule as delegated authority, representing God's image. Chapter two is a close up and personal focus on God's creative role for humans in His creation. It reveals the type of character or image such rule should reflect:
Genesis 2:15 "Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to TEND and GUARD it."
The Hebrew term for our word "tend" is "abad", which means to serve.
Strong's Hebrew Concordance - abad: to work, serve
Original Word: עָבַד
Part of Speech: Verb
Short Definition: serve
This is one of the first glimpses in God's biblical revelation of the Christ-like servant character that humans were to live out for His honor and the blessing of all creation, including God's animals. The Hebrew term for our word guard is "shamar", which means to protect. Therefore, we humans were designed to be servants and protectors, NOT parasites and predators, over God's creation and His creatures!
Back in chapter one (1: 26-31) and later in chapter two (2:15-20) , God reveals the "very good" purpose for His nephesh animal creatures and their relationship with humans. The important term, "nephesh", which means a creature with the capacity to think and feel, will be discussed later in this article and hopefully a separate booklet to come.
15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil [independent effort to be their own moral gods] you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die [separated from God who is the only source of life, love, and moral truth].”
18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. . . . . But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him."
God's nephesh animals (they are His not ours) were created to be companions with us in relationships of love and trust, not for the misuse and abuse of our selfish desires. See below for a further discussion of the original Garden of Eden's peaceful vegetarian harmony among people and nephesh animals. That original peace fell apart due to human and angelic sinful rebellion that caused separation from God. Separation caused the infection into creation of disobedience, disorder, dysfunction, violent survival of the fittest, disease, and death. Only after the global catastrophic flood and the destruction of its current vegetation did God grant permission for humans to humanely take animal meat protein to survive (Genesis 9; Lev 17:13-14).
HUMANS are not little GODS ruling over animals:
The heart and core of sin is pride that desires to be god - to be our own authority - with nobody above us to say NO to our selfish desires. Historically, many Christians have mistakenly exaggerated man's position above the "lower" creatures. The error has been to pretend that we humans are much closer to being god-like than animal-like. But it's easy to expose this serious error of pride. Just think for a minute. How much higher or above us is God? He is finitely beyond us, transcending without measure every human quality or ability. So, obviously, we are much closer to animals than to God. Yes, we are special to God and have the unique ability to know Him and choose morally to reject Him. But remember, we are special because of who He is and what He did in making us, NOT because of who we are.
18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.”
Why do you think God made apes to look and act so much like us? Those who believe in macroevolution say that it's because we are related to a common ancestor (see Christ vs. Survival of the Fittest). In contrast, the truth is far more wonderful. It is at least two-fold. One is that God made us so much like apes to humble us into realizing that we are more like them than we are like Him. The second reason is to help us learn to love as servant leaders. It's a whole lot easier to learn to love a baby gorilla than a baby spider. Just as God is above us yet stoops down to love us as our servant leader, we are to reflect that same attitude and character towards the nephesh animals below us.
That passage above in Ecclesiastes 3 is often further misinterpreted when human pride again tries to exalt mankind farther above God's animal creatures than the verses actually say:
19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust. 21 Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?
Some theologians and pastors have tried to claim the above verses teach that after death only humans will go up to heaven, while animals will descend and cease to exist. But that is not what the passage says. In fact, it is does not exalt man at all. It's actually a rhetorical rebuke to prideful man, confronts man's limited knowledge by asking:
"Who knows . . . ?". The implied answer is that man does not know because he is not God.
For more about nephesh animals and heaven, see:
- my YES, YOUR BELOVED PETS WILL GO TO HEAVEN, BUT WILL YOU?,
- John Wesley's classic writing: THE GENERAL DELIVERANCE.
John Wesley's Classic Sermon
"The General Deliverance - Romans 8:19-22"
(on God's compassionate view of His animals and the fact that they will go to heaven - the New Creation)
". . . . We may inquire, in the First place, What was the original state of the brute creation? And may we not learn this, even from the place which was assigned them; namely, the garden of God? All the beasts of the field, and all the fowls of the air, were with Adam in paradise. And there is no question but their state was suited to their place: It was paradisiacal; perfectly happy . . . .
How beautiful many of them were, we may conjecture from that which still remains; and that not only in the noblest creatures, but in those of the lowest order. And they were all surrounded, not only with plenteous food, but with every thing that could give them pleasure; pleasure unmixed with pain; for pain was not yet; it had not entered into paradise. And they too were immortal: For "God made not death; neither hath he pleasure in the death of any living.
Thus, "as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; even so death passed upon all men;" and not on man only, but on those creatures also that "did not sin after the similitude of Adam's transgression." And not death alone came upon them, but all of its train of preparatory evils; pain,
and ten thousand sufferings."
THE POINT and our response:
Each of us is responsible before God our Creator to know and apply His view of nephesh animal treatment from His Word, not merely man's tradition, nor our own rationalized personal philosophy, nor majority opinion which is never true authority. You and I will one day stand before Him, accountable for how we treated all of His nephesh creatures that can think and feel with amazing depth and quality. Scientists over the past few decades have discovered profound animal abilities that are beyond what we ever imagined. While these discovers do humble man's pride, they exalt and magnify the Creator of all creatures great and small.
Sadly, most people only know "about" animals (especially wild animals), but they don't really "know" any personally. So, it becomes easy for people to harden their hearts and either tolerate or even practice cruelty toward them as mere objects.
Nephesh animals (able to think and feel) belong to the Good Shepherd, their Creator. The issue is not "animal rights", but God's right to command how we treat His animals.
By the way, most people only know "about" the Good Shepherd, but don't really "know" Him personally, His Way. (see HIS GOOD NEWS).
The importance of consistency in character?
* What you believe about the suffering of nephesh animals is inseparably connected to what you believe about the suffering of people, the character of God our Creator, and how we all should live.
** How we treat animals either sensitizes us to compassion or desensitizes us to cruelty, both personally and culturally.
- If your worldview is not consistent regarding all suffering in creation,
Remember, beliefs produce behaviors, so "politically correct" yet biblically incorrect deceptions can lead to destruction.
Dr. James D. Hunter, describing the outworking of Christian character in the lives of culture changers like William Wilberforce leading to the end of transatlantic slave trade says:
"The abolition of . . . slavery . . . may have been their primary concern but it was not their only concern. Among other things, they devoted themselves to everything from the care of the poor and charity schools to prison reform and the prevention of cruelty to animals."
Dr. Hunter at the University of Virginia is Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory. Since 1995, Professor Hunter has served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, a university-based, interdisciplinary research center concerned with understanding contemporary cultural change and its implications for individuals, institutions, and society.
Christians who embrace the macroevolutionary concept of "survival of the fittest" as the design of God, should think about Dr. Gurney's legitimate concern below:
DR. ROBERT GURNEY, MD (Christian physician, creationist)
"If the universe is billions of years old, and the fossils represent millions of years of life on earth, [then] God’s method of creation was an immensely long process of death, disease, violence, pain, suffering and waste. This scenario is incompatible with the biblical account of creation. It is also incompatible with belief in a God who is omnipotent and absolutely good. Such a method of creation does not inspire awe and worship. If anything, it inspires contempt. As far as many non-Christians are concerned, God must be cruel and/or incompetent if this was His method of creation."
The following quotes from non-Christians show that Dr. Gurney is right:
"The problem that biological evolution poses for natural theologians is the sort of God that a Darwinian version of evolution implies ... . The evolutionary process is rife with ... death, pain and horror .... Whatever the God implied by evolutionary theory ... may be like,
He is .... not a loving God who cares about His productions.
.... The God of the Galapagos is careless ... almost diabolical."
Non-Christian, evolutionist, philosopher of Science,
The God of the Galapagos, Nature 352:485-86, 8 Aug 1991
"I am surprised that a Christian would defend the idea
that this is the process which God
more or less set up ... evolution."
Non-Christian, evolutionist, atheist Jacques Monod,
The Secret of Life, ABC interview, Australia, 1976
Genesis is clear that violent competition, "thorns and thistles", dysfunction, disease, suffering and death began only after separation from God due to human and angelic sin. Also, only after the catastrophic events of the global tectonic flood (Gen 1:29-31 vs Gen 9:3), when thousands of species of protein rich plants were destroyed, was man given permission for the first time to take protein from animal meat. Even then, God commanded a reverent recognition of the suffering and taking of nephesh lives - His sentient creatures, in order for humans to survive in the sin infected creation (see also Lev 17:13-14 re: hunters).
"Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.
And as I gave you the green plants, I [now] give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life
[Hebrew = nesphesh = soul], that is, its blood
[represented by its life-blood]"
"Any one also of the people of Israel,
or of the strangers who sojourn among them,
who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten
shall pour out its blood and cover [bury] it with earth.
For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life.
Therefore I have said to the people of Israel,
You shall not eat the blood of any creature,
for the life of every creature is its blood.
Whoever eats it shall be cut off."
Unique in its protection of nephesh animals -
The prevention of the suffering of living creatures (tza'ar ba'alei chayim), is the primary principle underlying the humane treatment of animals in Jewish law. It was the Gentile's unbiblical philosophies and cultures that historically introduced the horrors of animal cruelty and even celebrated it as entertainment.
I certainly don't agree with everything in the "Encyclopedia Judaica" (see below), yet the biblical, Jewish concept of humane hunting is clear and unequivocal. As discussed above, the Bible allows for hunting and raising animals for food (Genesis 9:3-4; Lev 17:13-14), after the globally catastrophic flood and concurrent catastrophic plate tectonics of the Earth's crust that destroyed many species of protein rich plants, but only within humane limitations.
Even the kosher laws for taking an animal's life (nephesh) required the utmost care to be as quick and painless and fear free as possible. If the knife was not sharp, it was not allowed for use. If an accident occurred so that the animal suffered significantly, then the animal's meat could not be used. This rule helped to insure that profit never eclipsed compassion. Remember the New Testament warning, "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil".
The Encyclopedia Judaica reports that
"The two famous hunters in the Bible, Nimrod and Esau, were regarded in a derogatory light, as rebels against God and the very antithesis of the spirit of Judaism." The Encyclopedia also reports that "the rabbinical attitude toward hunting is entirely negative. Harsh things are said about those who hunt even for a living."
Josephus states in "Antiquities of the Jews":
"Herod also got together a great quantity of wild beasts, and of lions in very great abundance, and of such other beasts as were either of uncommon strength or of such a sort as were rarely seen. These were trained either to fight one with another, or men who were condemned to death were to fight with them. And truly foreigners were greatly surprised and delighted at the vast expenses of the shows, and at the great danger of the spectacles, but to the Jews it was a palpable breaking up of those customs for which they had so great a veneration." - Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews
(quoted from: Morality, Halakah, and the Jewish Tradition)
According to the classic scholarly commentary by Dr. Adam Clarke, many other verses that have puzzled some scholars are commands to compassion for animals:
"You shall not kill [a cow or sheep] and her young in one day."
"This precept was certainly intended to inculcate mercy and tenderness of heart; and so the Jews understood it. When it is necessary to take away the lives of innocent animals for the support of our own, we should do it in such a way as not to blunt our moral feelings; and deplore [feel sad about] the necessity, while we feel an express gratitude to God for permission, to do it."
(SEE ALSO SIMILAR VERSES BELOW)
"...You shall not boil a young goat in its mother's milk."
(Exodus 23:19; 34:26; Deuteronomy 14:21)
"If a bird's nest happens to be before you along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, with the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young ..."
Sadly many Christian's today have ignored God's principles commanding the compassionate treatment of His nephesh animals and have actually ridiculed people who speak up. Even attempts to promote humane hunting to reduce suffering as much as possible are ridiculed as unmanly or liberal. Get ready, my brothers, you will soon stand before the only real man, Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd. You will have to give account for the type of hunting you chose (humane or unnecessarily cruel).
** By the way hunters, if you are a lousy shot, then practice shooting until you can ensure one shot / instant kill.
Also, because modern meat is most often produced in "factory farms" (inhumane warehouses), we will also have to give account for our silence and participation. Worse will be His judgment on those who ridiculed others who tried to speak out and stop the horrors of animal cruelty. Ignorance is no excuse for the law. * This especially applies to my conservative brothers who believe in the inerrancy of the Shepherd's Word and His original creation of a peaceful Eden.
What would you think and feel if you heard a news report exposing a group of boys who for fun used sticks with razor blades to slowly kill animals in their backyard? What if another report revealed a group of teens who raised and sold animals out of their garage in horribly abusive conditions that caused constant pain, fear, and suffering?
Please understand that I don't condemn all hunters. I spent my youth bonding with my Dad in the woods hunting. And if American society collapses (a more realistic possibility every year sadly), I will humanely hunt to feed my family. However as my own six children grew up, we bonded outdoors in the beauty of creation by "shooting" with a camera, rescuing injured and orphaned animals, reducing their suffering, rehabilitating, and releasing them. Some were unable to be released so we keep them for life, like our disabled squirrel girl Zoe (born with no tail and missing her back left foot). (check out this video of her opening a jar)
- REMEMBER, if you do choose to hunt and kill, at least practice on targets until you are such a great shot that you are consistently able to end life with as little suffering as possible (instantly if you can)!
- And please, if you are a Christian, don't present a phony machismo by glorying in how insensitive (or desensitized / hardened) you are to the pain, fear, and suffering of the animals. That is not Christ-like character.
- Also, please ask yourself prayerfully. Is the story of the boys with sticks qualitatively different from men who bow hunt, especially when most bow hunters are really lousy shooters?
- How would the Good Shepherd view actions that cause unnecessary suffering to His nephesh animals?
- Why are conservatives inconsistent when it comes to His animals?
- Why are liberals inconsistent when it comes to His aborted babies?
** see down below - Matt Scully's long quote from his book DOMINION, on the inconsistencies of both conservatives and liberals.
* For related articles from others see:
- "Fear Factories: Case for ... Compassionate Conservatism", Scully
- "The Carnivorous Nature & Suffering in Animals", R. Gurney MD
- "The Fall: A Cosmic Catastrophe", Dr. Sarfati PhD
- "Cosmic & Universal Death: Exegesis of Romans 8", H. Smith
- "How did BAD THINGS begin?"
* Note on the book recommended below: I do not agree with all of Matt's theological or biological views, yet his book should be required reading for anyone who claims to follow the Good Shepherd, Jesus, as Messiah and Lord.
Book: DOMINION, by Matthew Scully
"Matthew Scully, a former editor at National Review (who has contributed to NR frequently in subsequent years), was most recently a speech writer for President George W. Bush. He is the recently publish author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy. The book has received rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times and mixed reaction from conservatives. It's a fascinating — and disturbing — read, whether you come out agreeing with it or not."
* Below are excerpts from Scully's book, DOMINION:
ABUSE OF POWER
"In the same way that human beings are prone to abusing any other kind of power — by forgetting that we are not the final authority. The people who run our industrial livestock farms, for example, have lost all regard for animals as such, as beings with needs, natures, and a humble dignity of their own. They treat these creatures like machines and "production units" of man's own making, instead of as living creatures made by God. And you will find a similar arrogance in every other kind of cruelty as well."
".... At the same time, if I read my Bible right, then there is Good News even for the lowly animals — that love and mercy have come into the world, and we can be its agents. And when I think of the suffering of the creatures in our factory farms, laboratories, puppy mills, or of any animal neglected or mistreated by man, for me there is no more powerful question than to ask: "What would the Good Shepherd think of this?"
".... In the book, however, I do not pass judgment on all hunting. I just try to fix a clear standard, to lay down the same kind of basic moral boundaries we need in livestock farming. Pick up any hunting magazine and you will find page after page of ads for fenced-in hunting ranches promising a "100 percent guaranteed kill." Many hunters today use high-tech firearms and other gadgetry described in the book, or else bows that kill like a knife, maximizing their own pleasure at the cost of maximal suffering for the animal. They have professional guides whispering at their side. They shoot birds and other creatures — even aging animals sold by zoos — released from cages at their command. They routinely bait animals, as any game warden will attest. It gets even worse, as you will find in my chapter about a group of trophy hunters called Safari Club International. Hunting of the kind I describe there is dishonorable, occasionally depraved, and immoral by the standards of "fair chase" that hunters themselves profess on the rare occasions they are called to account. All such practices should be illegal as well — on the general principle that if a man's going to hunt, let him at least hunt like a man."
(CONSERVATIVES / LIBERALS)
(Animals / Abortion)
".... Conservatives like to think of animal protection as a trendy leftist cause, which makes it easier to brush off. And I hope that more of us will open our hearts to animals. I also believe that in factory farming and other cruelties conservatives will find some familiar problems — moral relativism, self-centered materialism, license passing itself off as freedom, and the culture of death. Among liberals, I don't really detect a great deal more sympathy for animals than on the Right. The Nation and Mother Jones, for instance, are as unlikely to give the subject serious attention as, well, a certain conservative journal which shall go unnamed. For those on the Left who do identify with animal causes, however, my message is that no creature on earth is more innocent, or defenseless, or in need of compassion than a child waiting to be born."
Matt Scully - Interview in National Review
For the lost lambs in our broken world (see the painting by Larry Dyke)
AMAZING VIDEO: Africa's Krueger Park of a wild buffalo herd defending a calf from the combined predatory attack from both lions and a crocodile.
(Don't worry, no gory violence, & it has a happy ending.)
Just a few of the many animal "friends" we've had the privilege of knowing and serving . . .
Mother's Day Raccoon Rescue - Mom & her babies relocated
Lizzyboa loves to hug - face to face
SEE MORE of OTIS our Little Screech Owl rescue
- VIDEO of Otis being hand FED by Mr. Galloway
- VIDEO of Otis trying to FLY but can't see well enough to land
- Pic of his injured eye - Mr. Galloway holding Otis
Wild Rory - rescued after paralyzed by a gun shot
He had been stranded in a field for days & was dying of thirst.
* He changed from vicious to tame in minutes after getting a bottle.
Then he let me feed by hand & rub his head.
Candra ------------------ Byomi begging --------- Byomi resting
MORE OF THE 100'S OF ANIMALS WE'VE SERVED
WILL BE UPLOADED AS TIME ALLOWS . . .