A Scriptural Defense of Hunting

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PETA’s "Jesus Campaign" Isn’t Biblical (...cont)

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

Hunting Language Included in the Bible Indicates a Common Knowledge of Hunting:

1 Samuel 26:20
"Now do not let my blood fall to the ground far from the presence of the Lord. The king of Israel has come out to look for a flea - as one hunts a partridge in the mountains."

Proverbs 7:21-23
"With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.
[22] All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose
[23] ‘till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life."

Lamentations 3:52
"Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird."

Isaiah 51:20
"Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of every street, like antelope caught in a net..."

Genesis 27:3
"Now then, get your weapons - your quiver and bow - and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me."

Proverbs 1:17
How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!

Amos 3:5
Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no snare has been set? Does a trap spring up from the Earth when there is nothing to catch?

Bible Notes That Animals Were Used for More Than Food:


Genesis 3:21
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Material for the Tabernacle:

Exodus 25:3-5
These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows; acacia wood…

Exodus 26:14
Make for the tent a covering of ram skins dyed red, and over that a covering of hides of sea cows.

As Sacrifice for Worship:

Exodus 20:24
"Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you."

God Gave Man Dominion Over the Earth and Its Creatures:

Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish and the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

(Parts of the dominion that God gave man were accountability and responsibility. That remains as God’s plan for man today. Man is intended to be a good steward of the Earth’s resources, but stewardship does not preclude the necessity of harvesting animals any more than it would preclude the harvesting of wheat or corn. God’s mandate to man is to be a good manager of all that has been given to him to manage.)

Jesus Feeds the Multitudes Fish and Bread:

Matthew 14:17-20 (5,000 fed)
"We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. [18] "Bring them here to me," He said. [19] And He directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to Heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. [20] They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Matthew 15:35-37 (4,000 fed)
He told them to sit down onto the ground. [36] Then He took the seven loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks, He broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. [37] They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over

Jesus Cooked Fish For Himself and His Disciples:

John 21:9-12
When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. [10] Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." [11] Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. [12] Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.
(Here Jesus is cooking fish for breakfast and invites His disciples to bring some of their own fish and join Him, hardly the act of a devout vegetarian)

God Warns Against Worshiping Creation Instead of the Creator:
Romans 1:24
[24] Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. [25] They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things (including animals) rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen.

PETA has the right to express its beliefs both privately and publicly, including its view that animals are sacred. But let’s keep our gods straight. Jesus Christ was not a vegetarian. That must have been an entirely different god.

To the confused on this issue, I offer Deuteronomy 5:8-9, the second of the Ten Commandments. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the waters below. [9] You shall not bow down to them or worship them ... (And this includes animals.) The God of the Bible also addressed truth in advertising (which includes billboards) when he commanded us not to lie or bring false witness against anyone.

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