Heaven's Gates Animal Ministries Printable Biblical Refrences
Below are many scriptures showing that animals have eternal life. Below these are historical scriptures from the Old Testament Prophets and various Priests, Ministers and Philosophers. Please read all of these as they follow a theme.
I feel that it is a tragedy that Secular Groups are today leading the way in Animal Rights, when in the past, it had been the Christians. If you have really been converted then how can you not reach out to the very creatures that God made? Christian Animal Rights Effort, C.A.R.E., Rev. M.W. Shaw
**Many of these notes are taken from “Animals, Immortal Beings, Scriptural Evidence of the Immortality of Animals", edited and with commentary by MaryBuddemeyer-Porter. Scriptures quoted are from various translations of the Bible. Her website is www.creatures.com. Her books , videos and CD's are for sale as well as others.
There are famous religious leaders such as Pope John Paul II, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley and George MacDonald who have commentaries about animals and eternal life.
Several hundred years after prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Habakkuk, and Hosea had denounced the sacrificial slaughter of animals, Jesus carried out what is euphemistically called the Cleansing of the
Moses in accordance with God’s plan, allowed animal sacrifice and meat eating. Moses knew that the people were bent on eating meat. As a compromise, however, and to help guide mankind back to a life of compassion, God had Moses institute a very strict set of rules for the killing of and sacrificing of animals. Then God says, “I came to destroy the sacrifices and if you cease not from sacrificing, the wrath of God will not cease from you.” Christian Animal Rights Effort, C.A.R.E., Rev. M.W. Shaw
I write down countless teachings for the people but they reject them as strange and foreign. They offer sacrifices to Me and eat the meat of the sacrifices. But I the Lord am not please with them and I will remember their sin. Hosea 8:12,13
“Woe to those who stretch themselves upon their couches and eat lambs from their flocks and calves from the midst of their stall. They shall be the first to be exiled.” Amos 6:4-7 (Part of the reason the people were exiled was because of animal sacrifices and their refusal to stop them.)
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The man who most clearly spoke about the abuse of animals entrusted to human care in the Bible was Zechariah. “The Lord my God said to me, “Act the part of the shepherd of a flock of sheep that are going to be butchered. Their owners kill them and go unpunished. They sell the meat and say “Praise the Lord we are rich.” Their own shepherds have no pity on the sheep that they sheperd .” Zech 11:4, 5
We need to understand that if we are eating meat, we are paying people to be cruel to animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA.org)
But now ask the beasts to teach you, and the birds of the air to tell you; or the reptiles on the earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to inform you. Which of all these creatures does not know that the hand of God has done this. In His hand is the soul of every living thing, and the life breath of all. Job 12:7-10
The predatory practice of flesh-eating is alien, and is only endemic to the state of the fallen man living in the bondage of corruption. If man seeks by the grace of God, to climb up from this pit and shakes off his degrading need to hunt and shoot and kill, and learns instead to love, then truly he is a new creature; the old things are passed away. But the tendency of the modern world is to treat creatures as things having no intelligent goals of their own, but subject only to the aimless thrust of the evolutionary process. Their inward and secret lives are ignored. The Fellowship of Life, Christian based vegetarian group founded in 1973 by Rev. Canon Arthur Fielder.
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