Our Fellow Creatures

Ivyevelyn, R.S.A. By Ivyevelyn, R.S.A., 21st Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There were small animals around the feet of Jesus
He gave his love to them as well as us
They should be valued by us all and given their true worth
They are here to live and share the wonders of God's Earth

There is No Wrath of God

For whole pages Bible readers of Moses are led to believe that God wanted animals to be tortured and killed for Him. These texts were cleverly manipulated, so that the faithful believe that God is a perverse, brutal, unloving and wrathful being, which has joy in the brutal and senseless carnage of animals. The one who believes this is the word of God, as the great institutions would have one believe, has fallen for the darkening of the truth. However, the one who explores the prophets can still find, even in the Bible, many a true word of God, which apparently slipped by the “correctors” and falsifiers of the scriptures.

The Prophets

When the time was right, God spoke out against animal sacrifice and flesh eating through His prophets. These Prophets began coming to earth around the 700s BC. Not only did God send Prophets, such as Isaiah & Hosea, to the Hebrews during this time, but God also sent Prophets to the gentile nations as well. We find arriving not too long afterwards, Pythagoras (570-500BC); as well as Mahavira (born 599BC), founder of the Jain religion; and Buddha (563-483BC), founder of the Buddhist religion. All these Prophets spoke out against the harming of and or eating of Animals.

Those Who Care

Matthew 25:40
“Whatever you do unto the least of my brothers, you do it unto me.”

Mother Teresa
They too, are created by the same loving hand of God which Created us...It is our duty to Protect Them and to promote their well-being.”

Francis of Assisi
“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2416
Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory.197 Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.
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Reverend Andrew Linzey
“Animals are God's creatures, not human property, nor utilities, nor resources, nor commodities, but precious beings in God's sight…Christians whose eyes are fixed on the awfulness of crucifixion are in a special position to understand the awfulness of innocent suffering. The Cross of Christ is God's absolute identification with the weak, the powerless, and the vulnerable, but most of all with unprotected, undefended, innocent suffering.”

The Apostles

The Apostles Were Vegetarians
In order to know what Jesus taught concerning love for animals and having a meatless diet, it is useful to know how his apostles and disciples lived. Ancient texts, which, typically enough, were not included in the canons of the Bible state the following:

Peter
“I live on bread and olives, to which I only seldom add a vegetable.”
Clementine Homilies XII, 6; rec. VII, 6

Paul
“Jesus instructed me to eat no meat and drink no wine, but only bread, water and fruit, so that I be found pure when he wants to talk with me.”
Toledoth Jeschu, Krauss Edition,
Berlin 1902, p. 113, Paul

Matthew
“Matthew lived on seed, the fruit of trees and vegetables without meat.”
Clemens von Alexandria,
Paidagogos II, 1:16

John
“John never ate meat.”
Church historian Hegesipp according to Eusebius,
History of the Church II 2:3

Jacob
“Jacob, the brother of the Lord, lived on seeds and plants and touched neither meat nor wine.”
Epistulae ad Faustum XXII, 3

Proverbs 31:8
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless."

In old scriptures, there are also indications that other apostles and disciples nourished themselves as vegetarians or vegans.

God's Love for Animals

God's Love for Animals is recognized by the following:

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Leader of the Indian independence movement, Nobel Prize winner, 1913:
“I feel most deeply that spiritual growth compels us in a certain phase to stop slaughtering our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our physical wants.”

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
Irish playwright; Nobel Prize winner 1950.
“Animals are my friends – and I don’t eat my friends!”

Karlheinz Deschner (1924- )
Dr. of Philosophy, historian, literary specialist, philosopher and repeated award-winning author:
“A society that copes with slaughterhouses and battlefields is itself ripe for slaughter.”

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)
Jewish-American author; Nobel Prize winner 1978:
“Where animals are concerned, everyone becomes a Nazi ... every day is Treblinka for the animals.”

Psalm 50:12-13
“If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine. Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?”

Our Fellow Creatures

May we consider and review the plight of animals on our earth,
Why do we slaughter and eat their flesh, how can we understand
This need to use God's creatures to appease our appetite,
The animals were sent by God with the right to live and thrive.

The author recognizes and quotes the teachings of different religions on the ethical treatment of animals.

The author adds the following:
Genesis 1:29-31

Before sin entered the world, men and animals ate only plants. God's creation then was "very good." There was no death and no eating of animals. This was God's ideal. Death and eating animals began only after man sinned. We today should seek the ideal and should not kill or eat animals.

Excerpts from
Universal Life Series
with the consent of
© Universelles Leben
Haugerring 7
97070 Würzburg, Germany
www.DoNotEatUs.org

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
I attended the City Literary Institute in London and have a Royal Society of Arts Diploma in English Language.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

My wife would love to have proof he was Vegetarian.
I will say that sheep do need to be sheared or they get too hot in the summer, it's cruel not to shear them.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

Of course! The sheep's wool can be used. I struggled with that page and then I had to pick a sheep. Maybe it is a wild sheep.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Mark, I have just seen the star. Thank you very much. I learned a lot writing that page and I appreciate you advising me about the sheep.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

I love your argument that God is Love - and only LOVE. And a lovely star page for you, my dear Ivy.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Sheila. I didn't realize I had a star. I am always pleased to see you on my page.

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

A really powerful Star page, Ivy..Great presentation..and great message too..

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Hello, Songird: Thank you so much for your comment.
I have to tell you that I started up writing about my pets, collecting up their pictures, and I ended up with this page. When I wrote, "Where has Daddy Gone", I did not plan that kind of poem. Weird!Anyway, it seems strange.
Lots of Love & Hugs, Ivyevelyn. I appreciate you so much.

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author avatar ittech
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Very well stated

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, ittech.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

very nice. something new from you my friend

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

cowboynextdoor: Thanks. I have worried about it a lot but not written about it.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Very nice :)

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

rama devi nina: Thank you for commenting on this page.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Most of the prophets were shepherds!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Hey! Rezaul! It's 5:30 A.M. here. You must be around fairly late. Anyway, I had a lot of trouble trying to deal with this page. What was served at the Last Supper?

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author avatar Buzz
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

What a lovely page, Ivy! LOL, now you had me confused too, as to what was served at the Last Supper.:D

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Buzz: I nearly gave up on this page when I began research on the Last Supper. I do, however, stand by the very last paragraph: "Before sin entered the world, men and animals ate only plants. God's creation then was "very good." There was no death and no eating of animals. This was God's ideal. Death and eating animals began only after man sinned. We today should seek the ideal and should not kill or eat animals." Thanks, Buzz, for your interest."

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

That's one of the best (spiritual) arguments for Veganism I have ever read!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Wow! Thanks so much, David. A compliment like that from you makes the "all-nighter" so worth while.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
23rd Jan 2012 (#)

Such a outstanding and beautifully expressed page Ivy..well done my friend...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
24th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, Delicia. I set out to write a page on my pets. I was getting their pictures together and somehow I ended up writing, "Our Fellow Creatures." I am so pleased that you found it, "outstanding and beautifully expressed." It was an "all-nighter" so your comment was very much appreciated.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
25th Jan 2012 (#)

Hi dear friend Ivyevelyn,

I love this page.
Astounding compilation.
You've excelled in making a strong point about our fellow creatures.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
25th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks so much, Rathnashikamani:
I am always pleased to hear from you. Thank you, my dear.

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author avatar pankajbalodi
25th Jan 2012 (#)

a great description of the fellow, fascinating one.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Jan 2012 (#)

pankajbalodi: Thank you so much for responding to my article. I look forward to reading yours.

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author avatar richardpeeej
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Hi ivyevelyn..wow there is a lot of work gone into this one. well said my friend I alwats respect your point of view,,,

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Jan 2012 (#)

richardpeeej: Thank you so much for responding to my article. Pleased to hear from you.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Lovely! :-) God bless you!!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Bridgitte: You comment meant a lot to me.
Thank you.

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author avatar ppruel
29th Jan 2012 (#)

they are all wonders of how God love us. nice piece good to tweet...

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author avatar Funom Makama
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Nice work Ivy!~~~ I was already thinking of writing that you deserve a star, when i read comments of the star... That means you might have edited it again for the star to be removed. Nice work Ivy...

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Funom: Thank you, Funom. I don't understand about the star. Did someone creep up and take my star. What happened to it? I want my star back! (Kind of joking but I STILL WANT MY STAR BACK!). I don't remember re-editing. Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Feb 2012 (#)

Hello, Funom. Now I remember re-editing and changing a sheep for a calf because a sheep's wool can be used for clothing. I did point out, however, that it could have been a wild sheep!

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author avatar Retired
11th Feb 2012 (#)

a beautiful article ivyevelyn you've truly depicted the love of God through this marvellous article. however, with due respect i slightly disagree because i think there is certainly a wrath of God. i mean if it's true what you've just said then there wouldn't be any floods, earthquakes, brutal killings, endless list. the question arises here don't you think these events depicts a sheer wrath of God? correct me if i am wrong but that's what i think i know that's not very simple.. waiting for your reply!

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author avatar Funom Makama
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Yes, there is the Wrath of God, but it is not exhibited in the manner of such Natural disasters... God has created Nature in His own wisdom and infinite Mercy as a complete system whereby, if the equilibrium shifts to one side, the side affected would have to adjust to the shifting effect. Those Natural disasters have their causes, even if Man does not understand them fully right now, but in years to come we will. For example, we experience lots of flooding these days which are all attributed mainly to the increased global warming. Who is causing this global warming? MAN! Earth Quakes do occur for a shift in balance of the Earth Crust... Who knows? Volcano eruption can occur in a particular place which experienced an earthquake some years earlier. If for example there was no earthquake earlier to reform the Earth Crust, it could be a possibility that the volcano eruption could deform the particular place of Occurrence (Just saying but it could be a possibility). The Volcano itself is a way of formation of Ignous Rock.. So all these are possibilities of the explanation of what all the Natural disasters are about. As for the Human disaster!~~ War and Poverty, I also think we should not blame it on God. Let's consider the World Poorest countries today, Most of them are in Africa, a continent blessed with Milk and Honey and void of Natural DIsaster. But eaten up by Ruthless, greedy and Inhumane leaders. So, just like Cold. Cold does not exist, but it is the absence of Heat. Also darkness does not exist, but it is the absence of Light, so also Human disasters, if we take up evil into our Hearts and disrupt Good, what would we get? The product of Evil~~~ Which is affliction of Pain to others manifested through acts like War, conflicts and even Poverty. (Well, its my own Opinion).

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you for commenting, Waleed. I had never thought of earthquakes, killings, floods, as being the wrath of God. I need to think about that question. However, why would God select one specific area. I think I will ask Zach3000. I am pleased that you decided to contact me about one of my pages.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
11th Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you, Funom, for your comment. You have truly given me the answer I was looking for. I was thinking that flooding, earthquakes, etc., could be the earth adjusting and balancing itself, but you have put all this into words.Your whole theory, including man made disasters, is appreciated. I guess the next question is "Why doesn't God help to put them right, i.e., children starving", etc. I feel I have asked these questions before for many years, but somehow the answers don't stay with me when I see the suffering, particlarly of those who are helpless.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
4th Mar 2012 (#)

A well written page my friend.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
1st Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you, Johnny. I don't eat meat. Meat is the flesh of a living creature. The brutality and cruelty of those who keep this industry going disgust me. Humans do not possess canine teeth to tear into flesh. Please see my page: http://nut.bz/241us0qz/
and thank you again.

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