This letter will discuss a few text from the Bible that we found them to be related to this concern: WHETHER OR NOT SHOULD WE STILL USE ANIMAL PRODUCTS?
Let us begin with a little discussion about a mission of our livestock.
The End of Our Livestock’s Holy Mission
As you may already know, in our ancient’s time, God had established a few ceremonies in which the best from their livestock might be accepted as sacrificial offerings for Him to clear their sins.
But right from the moment Jesus died on the Cross, the holy mission of these animals has been consider completed.
Now, let us explore some more about the practices of these ancient ceremonies.
In the past, whenever a few priests celebrated a sin offering, after they performed the ceremony, they would eat the offering in a holy place, because “it is a most holy thing” – Jehovah explained. (Leviticus 6:24-29)
Today, The Church celebrates the Eucharist in the memory of Jesus’s self-devotion in the same way, except that the meat has been replaced with unleavened bread and the blood has been replaced with sacramental wine. As we all may know, that the ceremony has been established by Jesus Himself in the Last Supper. (Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:14-20)
Until this point, we can see that the sacrificial offering practice in the past has founded an important tradition to one of the most important ceremonies celebrated by The Church today. In addition, we may conclude that the lives of our ancient’s livestock had been devoted for some holy purposes.
Surprisingly, the idea has been determined when we met this command from Jehovah: “If any man of the house of Israel slaughters a bull or a young ram or a goat in the camp or if he slaughters it outside the camp, instead of bringing it to the entrance of the tent of meeting to present it as offering to Jehovah before the tabernacle of Jehovah, bloodguilt will be counted to that man. He has shed blood, and that man must be cut off from among his people.” (Leviticus 17:3-4)
Therefore, what can be certain until this point is that God’s purpose about the lives of our ancient’ livestock was solely for His Great Plan.
The Tradition of Considering Meat as Food
We have returned to the very beginning day of our human species to search for the time when this tradition might have started.
And it turned out that God’s Plan had been very bright and peaceful for us at the beginning time. He said: “Here I have given to you every seed-bearing plant that is on the entire earth and every tree with seed-bearing fruit. Let them serve as food for you.” (Genesis 1:29)
That was the happy time when Adam and his wife were still innocent. However,
after they became sinful, Jehovah told the man: “.. cursed is the ground on your account. In pain you will eat its produce all the days of your life.” (Genesis 3:17) From then on, their livings became difficult and they had to work hard to make food for their livings. Therefore, it has turned out that some time after they had been expelled from the garden of E’den, they or their descendants began to hunt for food. That means the habits in which we consider meat as our food has begun for a long time. Until the time of Moses, God told him: “If one of the Israelites or some foreigner who is residing in your midst is hunting and catches a wild animal or a bird that maybe eaten, he must pour its blood out and cover it with dust.” (Leviticus 17:13). However, even with the offerings, Jehovah considered any meat that had been reserved for more than two days “offensive”, and “the person who eats some of it will answer for his error” (Leviticus 7:18). In our opinion, meat from wild animals might had been considered less clean than from the offerings, so they might be reserved in a shorter period of time before being consumed. From this understanding, we believe that the meat from wild animals were deliberately to serve only someone who was in need, not for any transportation or trade purposes.
In conclusion, there are a few points that we would like to convey in this letter. They include:
* God had planned for us to eat only plant-based food from the beginning of our history.
* God deliberately dedicated the lives of our ancient’s livestock solely to holy purpose after we became sinful. There is another thing that we should keep in mind, that since the death of Jesus, all livestock have been freed from this holy mission.
* Even with wild animals, we should only use them for food when we are in need, especially for our own existence.