What The Bible Says
“What The Bible Says - Vol. 3 / No. 17”
What The Bible Says
Vol. III - No. 17 / January 17, 2021
ANIMALS ARE GIVEN FOR FOOD
Our society has been successful in creating a humanistic world of animal lovers to the point that animals are now considered "human." Commercials herald animal food to help sustain an emotional balance for your pet. Counseling is available to understand the "deep feelings" that your dog or cat may have towards you. Animals are treated better under the law than unborn humans. You can be jailed for killing a stray dog but abortion is legal! Under the humanistic mandate of man, eating meat is murder and animals are protected with the full strength of laws that fail to protect the innocent children murdered by man every year.
I am thankful that science and technology has advanced to help with the myriad of diseases and health issues that animals suffer. It is clear in the teaching of God that cruelty of animals is wrong (Psalm 8). While I enjoy different kinds of pets and seek to give them a quality of life they deserve, one point remains constant in the understanding of man and animal - animals are not eternal creatures and do not share in the same emotional, physical and biological framework that man has with God.
God created the animals as recorded in Genesis 1:20-25. Humanists do not believe in God or the record of creation and propagate the doctrine that animals are like man. The Bible teaches that man was created in the image of God - "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26). Man was given dominion over all the animals (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8; James 3:7). This has not changed since creation and will never change.
Following the Flood, God told Noah "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image" (Genesis 9:3,6). God told Noah that he could eat meat (requiring the shedding of blood by the animal). Shedding the blood of man was considered murder by God because man was made in the image of God (James 3:9). The Bible never suggests that man should abandon the eating of meat. Animals are a wonderful creation of God and a covenant exists between God and the animals (Genesis 9:9,10). A difference exists between man and animal as found in the flesh. "For not all flesh is alike, but there is one kind for men, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish" (1 Corinthians 15:39). Deeper than the flesh is the inward man possessed by man and not by animals (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). Can an animal "delight in the law of God, after the inward man" (Romans 7:22)?
Jesus came to save men from sin (Luke 19:10). Sin is a transgression of the law of God (1 John 3:4). Can an animal sin? An animal does not possess the capability of the mind of "righteousness" to seek those things pleasing to God. A parrot can be taught to pray but that does not suggest he is praying. A monkey can ride a bicycle but where is the monkey that built the bicycle? Animals do not possess the eternal spirit as man does (Ecclesiastes 12:7). Jesus died for man; not animals. Animals are nothing more than animals and when they die, they return to dust. The eating of meat is that which "God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:3-5).
WILL THERE BE A JUDGEMENT DAY?
Let's answer this question by asking another question: Do you believe in death? I'm sure you do for it is all around us. Every day the newspapers devote a column and local radio stations give an obituary report. You don't drive many times past the funeral homes but what people are not gathered to show respect to someone who has died. The Bible teaches just as certain as there is death, there is the judgement. Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement." Yes, just as sure as there is death, there will be a judgement day!
When will the judgement day occur? "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;"(2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Matthew also describes the Lord's return as a time when "before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats." (25:31-46).
The Scriptures have revealed to us some things about the judgement day. In Romans 2:2 we read, "But we are sure that the judgement of God is according to truth against them which commit such things." Thus we see the STANDARD or "measuring stick" by which we will be judged is not what I think or what you think but rather "truth". God determines truth for His Word is truth (John 17:17). Therefore, we will be judged by the Word. "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:48). The BASIS on what we will be judged are our "deeds". "Who will render every man according to his deeds:" (Romans 2:6) "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27).
—E.R. Hall, Jr.
THE PREACHER AND THE ATHEISTIC BARBER
A preacher and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. Said the barber to the preacher; "This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease, and squalor. He would not allow these poor bums to be addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, I cannot believe in a God who permits these things.”
The preacher was silent until they met a man who was especially unkempt and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck and he had a half-inch of stubble on his face. Said the preacher to the barber; "You can't be a very good barber or you wouldn't permit a man like that to continue living in this neighborhood without a haircut and a shave.”
Indignantly the barber answered; "Why blame me for that man's condition? I can't help it that he is like that. He has never come in my shop; I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!”
Giving the barber a penetrating look, the preacher said; "Then don't blame God for allowing the people to continue in their evil ways when He is constantly inviting them to come and be saved. The reason these people are slaves to sin and evil habits is that they refuse the ONE who died to save and deliver them.”
The Barber saw the point. Do you?
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