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Title: God Knows Animals Matter


1
God Knows Animals Matter
Preparing Churches and Communities to be
Compassionate Stewards of Animals
2
Gods Will
Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done, On Earth
As It Is In Heaven. -Mathew 610
3
In The BeginningGenesis 126
Then God said Let us make man in our own image,
after our likeness. Let them have dominion over
the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and
the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all
the creatures that crawl on the
ground. dominion yorade which means to
come down to to have communion with and a
compassion for.
4
Souls of Animals
They were created with the same soul (nefesh
chayah) as humans Nefesh Chayah (living
soul) Genesis 121, 24 27 19
5
Gods Intended Diet For Us
Genesis 129-31a God also said See, I give
you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it
to be your food and to all the animals of the
land, all the birds of the air, and all the
living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give
all the green plants for food. And so it
happened. Good looked at everything he had made,
and he found it very good.
6
Genesis 215, 19
The Lord God then took the man and settled him in
the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for
it. ...the Lord God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the
air, and he brought them to the man to see what
he would call them whatever the man called each
of them would be its name. ...but none proved to
be the suitable partner for the man.
7
Animals Belong to God
... All things wre created through him and for
him. ... And in him all things hold together.
-Colossians 116b-17
8
Genesis 92
Dread fear of you shall come upon all the
animals of the earth and all the birds of the
air, upon all the creatures that move about on
the ground and all the fishes of the sea into
your power they are delivered.
9
Catholic Concern for Animals
Man makes moral choices through free will.
Animals are innocent, or amoral. As moral agents
and endowed with reason, we have responsibilities
towards the whole of creation including those
weaker and more vulnerable than we are.
10
Catholic Concern for Animals
As made in the image of God we ought to act in
a Christ-like way loving, compassionate,
humble, slef-sacrificing, etc. The
anthropocentric (putting anthropos man, in the
center) view of the world needs to be
increasingly challenged.
11
Catholic Concern for Animals
Utilitarianism (the greatest happiness, or good,
for the greatest number) is to be avoided, as
that can justify the use of some (esp. animals)
for the many (e.g. people). Better to hold to the
principle of evil can never be justified for
good to come of it, or the ends do not justify
the means especially if the evil is done to
animals for the good for someone else. (CCA is
totally opposed to all use of animals for
experiments on the principle that our species
should not make use of other species just for our
benefit.)
12
Pope John Paul II, 1980
Said that Animals possess a soul and that men
must love and feel solidarity with our smaller
brethren and solicitous care, not only towards
men, but also towards animals and nature in
general.
13
Animals in Heaven?
Elijah went up into heaven with horses of fire.
-2 Kings 211 And now I saw heaven open, and a
white horse appear its rider was called
Trustworthy and True...Behind him, ... Rode the
armies of heaven on white horses. -Rev 1911-14
14
Isaiah 116
The wolf will live with the lamb, The leopard
will lie down with the goat, The calf and the
lion and the yearling together And a little
child will lead them.
15
O.T. Humane Laws
Ex. 234-5 Free an enemys donkey who has fallen
beneath his burden. Ex. 2310-11 Every seventh
year, fields must be left fallow to provide food
for the poor and for wildlife. Ex. 2312 Day of
rest for the animals on the Sabbath Deut. 254
Instructions not to muzzle an ox while he is
threshing.
16
Animals and Their Rights
Rene Descartes (1600s) likened the crying of
animals as broken machinery. Three centuries
later we find that they suffer, have emotions and
that they are conscious beings. No different
today. If domestic animal cruelty laws applied to
farm and animal labs, many would be in jail for
breaking the law. All animals have God given
rights to live free from pain and stress, but
profit is more important in society.
17
What About Hunting?
The four hunters in the Bible are considered to
be adversaries to God Ishmael, Nimrod, Esau, and
the rider of the white horse. (considered to be
a prototype of the anti-Christ in Rev. 62)
18
Shepherds vs Hunters
In the Bible -Shepherds are righteous (and
leaders) -Hunters are Gods adversaries
19
Compassion
The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward
all His works. -Psalm 145.9 Compassion, in
which all ethics must take root, can only attain
its full breadth and depth if it embraces all
living creatures and does not limit itself to
humankind. Not until we extend the circle of
compassion to include all living things shall we
ourselves know peace. -Rev. Dr. Albert
Schweitzer
20
Servant Species
...Cruelty is not only a denial of the animals
nature but a betrayal of our own. If we are
defined by reason and morality, then reason and
morality must define our choices, even where
animals are concerned. -Dominion, by
Matthew Scully
21
Proverbs 1210
The just man takes care of his beast but the
heart of the wicked is merciless.
22
Gifts Animals Give Us
They help us heal emotionally, mentally,
spiritually and pshysically They give us
unconditional love. They help us forget about
ourselves and help us develop love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. They reduce
depression, lower blood pressure and anxiety and
boost our immune system.
23
Animals Teach Us
But now ask the beasts to teach you, and the
birds of the air to tell you or the reptiles on
earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to
inform you. -Job 127-10
24
Proverbs 66
Go to the ant, O sluggard, study her ways and
learn wisdom For though she has no chief, no
commander or ruler, she procures her food in the
summer, stores up her provisions in the harvest.
- NAB
25
Some Famous Animals In the Bible
Balaam and his donkey (who saved his life). The
Lord opened the mouth of the donkey who asked why
he was beaten 3 times. An angel told Balaam that
he would have died, but the donkey would have
lived if they continued. -Numbers 22 Nathans
story about the man who had a pet lamb to show
David his sin. -2 Samuel 12 The dogs who
licked the poor mans sores. -Luke 1621
26
Some Famous Animals in the Bible
The quail God gave the Israelites because they
wanted meat. Resulted in a plague because of
their greediness. -Numbers 11
27
Amos 63-4
Thinking to defer the evil day, you are hastening
the reign of violence. Lying on ivory beds and
sprawling on their divans, they dine on lambs
from the flock, and stall-fattened veal.
28
Romans 819-22
For creation awaits with eager expectation the
revelation of the children of God ... because of
the One who subjected it, in hope that creation
itself would be set free from slavery (bondage)
to corruption and share in the glorious freedom
of the children of God. We know that all creation
is groaning in labor pains even until now...
29
Were Responsible?
No creature (KTISIS) is concealed from him, but
everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of
Him to whom we must render an account.
-Hebrews 413
30
Habakkuk 217
For the violence done to Lebanon shall cover you,
and the destruction of the beasts shall terrify
you Because of mens blood shed, and violence
done to the land, to the city and to all who
dwell in it.
31
St. Francis
Loved nature (the environment) and animals out of
his love for God. Loved the poor and the
outcast. Promoted peace between the Christian
Army and the Muslim Army.
32
Eternal Life for all Creation
Colossians 115-23 God chose to reconcile the
whole universe to Himself ... To reconcile all
things, whether on earth or in heaven, through
Him alone.
33
Facts
Dairy and meat products contribute to many
diseases. Factory farms cause horrendous
suffering to billions of animals daily for food
and clothing. While people suffer and die of
starvation in Central and South America, these
regions ship their grain to the U.S. To feed our
cows, pigs, and chickens so that we can satisfy
our desire for animal flesh, milk, and eggs.
-Fr. John Dear, S.J.
34
Facts
The typical meat eaters diet can easily consume
up to 14 times more water and 20 times more
energy than that of a vegetarian. -Christian
Vegetarian Association Gluttony, pride,
covetousness, greed vs. Selflessness, and
humility are moral choices we make every day.
35
What Can We Do?
-Teach compassion from the pulpit and classes
-Have a veggie dinner -Allow the local shelter
and/or rescue groups to put pictures of adoptable
animals on bulletin boards -Honor volunteers in
your community who help animals -Have a foster
care list of volunteers in you church to help
Parishioners
36
Mark 1615
Go out to the whole world proclaim the gospel
to all creation.
37
Choices
Do not support entertainment that exploits
animals Check labels if animal tested Avoid
buying wool, down, fur, leather, etc. Avoid meat
and dairy products
38
Choices
Do not buy from pet shops Be humane to animals
in and around your yard. Spay and neuter cats,
and allow wildlife to live Support charities
that do not do animal research
39
Quote
We cannot treat any living thing callously, and
we are responsible for what happens to other
beings, human or animal, even if we do not
personally come into contact with them. -Rabbi
Pinchas Peli
40
Pope St. Pius V, Nov 1567De Salute Gregis
We forbid soldiers and all other persons,
whether on foot or horseback, to dare to contend
with bulls or other beasts in the aforementioned
exhibition and if any one of them meets his death
there he shall be deprived of Christian
burial...we likewise forbid the clergy...to be
present at such exhibitions under the penalty of
excommunication.
41
Quote
Can eating meat be pleasurable to a sensitive
person when he or she knows that, as a result,
their health is endangered, grain is wasted, and
the environment is damaged, and animals are being
cruelly treated? One can indulge in pleasure
without doing harm to living creatures. There are
many othe cases in Judaism where actions that
people many consider pleasurable are forbidden or
discouragedsuch as the use of tobacco, drinking
liquor to excess, having sexual relations out of
wedlock, and hunting. -Richard H. Schwartz,
author and professor
42
Quote
I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ
can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern
for the well-being of other human beings to a
broader concern for the well-being of the birds
in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and
every living creature on the face of the earth.
-John Wesley
43
Quote
Cruelty to animals is as if man did not love
God...there is something so dreadful, so satanic,
in tormenting those who have never harmed us, and
who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in
our power. -Cardinal John Henry Newman
44
Isaiah 116
The wolf will live with the lamb, The leopard
will lie down with the goat, The calf and the
lion and the yearling together And a little
child will lead them.
45
Psalm 1506
Let everything that breathes Praise Yahweh.
Alleluia!
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