radio interview with The Ride Home with John & Kathy from May 2017. Why Christians should help animals. What an individual can do. And what the church might be doing.
All of the smaller issues I have addressed on these podcasts over the last year are pieces of the bigger theme. God made animals for His own glory. Any beneficial aspects of the animals for us humans is a lesser purpose, not the main purpose. Therefore our uses of animals must keep in mind the glory of God.
The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the future New Jerusalem of Revelation are all updated models of Eden. The Earth was meant to be God’s throne forever. Satan’s defeat of Adam and Eve brought rebellion and God could not make His throne on the rebellious world. Henceforth He worked with a small remnant of His people mainly through the Jews. The Tabernacle and Temple were designed with all the elements of the Garden of Eden to remind us of how we fell. The sacrificial system was to remind us that only by the blood of the innocent could we be saved from sin. When Jesus came, that system ended. The New Jerusalem in Revelation is the great city of God brought down from Heaven and placed on Earth. God will then reign here forever with us, His people, the church. And the animals will inhabit the rest of the world outside that great city.
First I talk about the history of animals in science. Second, we look at animal experimentation and vivisection. Finally a brief piece about the frightening possible future of genetic engineering of animals.
In this interview I show how some animal rights groups are deceitful in creating giant controversies out of nothing. The movie “A Dog’s Purpose” was not cruel to dogs. Occasionally animal rights groups are correct, as in the case of killer whales in captivity.
Why God commanded animal sacrifices for forgiveness of His people in the Old Testament.
Jesus killed the first animals in the Garden of Eden.
Killing innocent animals was the “first edition” of God’s plan of salvation. The Father viewed the killing of animals (done rightly) as a sort of down payment for the future and real sacrifice of Jesus to cover our sins.
Old Testament people found God’s forgiveness in the sacrifices, though only Jesus’ blood had the power to bring real atonement. We should not be ashamed of the Old Testament sacrifices.
This Interview on WORD FM Pittsburgh, The Ride home with John & Kathy is a brief explanation of how Christians can believe that animals will be in Heaven.
A few scripture passages are viewed that show that there are already some animals in Heaven. Other verses show that certain animals will be in Heaven. A few more imply that all animals will be in Heaven.
I show some reasons for believing such a doctrine. I also show some reasons for not believing the common view that “animals cannot go to Heaven.”
In this interview I present Bible passages and doctrines that show God caring about non-human creatures.
There would be little reason to believe that animals may go to Heaven if God has no interest or love for animals.
We discuss the famous story of Balaam’s donkey from the book of Numbers.
The brief speeches of the donkey show us a few aspects of animal intelligence. The donkey is not stupid and has understanding of some basic truths. She recognizes herself as a domestic animal owing some service to Balaam. She also expects some kindness and understanding from her owner.
This is a very difficult subject and rather graphic and shocking, if you are not familiar with modern meat production.
Modern “factory farms” are in absolute violation of every biblical command for the treatment of animals. The provide improper food (not healthy food). They do not protect the creatures from harms but in fact create new harms. They do not allow a Sabbath rest or any rest since the creatures often live without sunlight or pure air.
Although meat is not evil; supporting the factory farm system is not right.
We discuss the difficulty in protecting “wild animals” because they have no “owners” in society. Thus no one is responsible for helping them.
Extinction is a sin when caused by humans.
Humans are not properly exercising dominion.