I “like” the Vegetarian page on Facebook and today there was an interesting post that started a discussion. It stated that humans weren’t created to eat animals. Of course one of the responses was that the “Good Book” says differently. This was in reference to the idea that God gave humans dominion over the earth and creatures. This is an idea that bugs me because I think that it is abused.
As human beings we have abilities that most animals do not. We can think, reason, and make rationale decisions. We have intelligence that allows us to adapt and invent in order to make life easier. The fact that we can use our abilities to create makes us like God or “in his image,” and with that comes a degree of power. But with this power or dominion also should come other qualities of God like respect and love. Most of what is done and defended by “The Good Book” is lacking both of those.
Calves are taken away from their mothers and fed formula while their mothers are pumped full of hormones to provide milk for human consumption. Cows are fed corn which they are not intended to eat and cannot digest so that we can eat Big Macs. And because they are not built to eat corn they get sick and are pumped full of antibiotics so that we do not become sick. What happens instead is we ingest these levels of antibiotics in the meat we eat and then become immune to them so that when we actually need antibiotics they don’t work. Chickens are overfed and pumped full of hormones so that they will grow bigger, so big that they can’t even stand up. Basically animals are tortured so that we can eat unhealthy levels of meat. I looked at the passages in Genesis and from what I read it sounds like the Vegetarian FB people are right. Genesis 1:29-
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
In my interpretation I’d say that if we are to eat animals it should only be as a last resort.
Dominion or not if we believe that it is God’s creation and we claim to be Godly people we should have respect. For years we have been raping and pillaging the earth using the bible as our defense. We hunt and kill animals for fun or to feel powerful. We clear land and cut down trees to build new houses and shops while older houses and shops are left abandoned. There is a balance in nature and we have a role in the circle of life. We have been upsetting the balance for a long time and it is time to live more consciously and stop using The Bible to excuse ignorant behavior.