Sunday, August 10, 2008

What the bible says about hunting

As you may be aware I run a few hunting websites and a while back I got a interesting email from an animal rights activist:

I am not a religious person, but one quote from the bible has always stuck in my mind "The Meek shall Inherit The Earth", god help the likes of you if the "Meek" turn out to be of the animal kingdom, I've got no worries on that score, how about you!

I love these types of emails. Not because I like to argue but because it makes me think about what I believe and why. This particular email made me dig into my bible to try and understand what the bible actually says about hunting and here is what I found:

Genesis 10:9 -
He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, "Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.
Being a good hunter was a attribute that was admired in the bible.

Genesis 27:3 - Now then, get your weapons—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.

Genesis 27:30 -
After Isaac finished blessing him and Jacob had scarcely left his father's presence, his brother Esau came in from hunting.
-Hunting was an accepted practice even in the early days.

Leviticus 17:13 -
Any Israelite or any alien living among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,
- Hunting in the old testamint was prevalent and the Hebrews established rules for eating the meat.

From the verses above you can clearly see that hunting is accepted by God but here is the ultimate verses in support of hunting:

Genesis 1:26 (King James Version)
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

And this one two verses later:

Genesis 1:28 (King James Version)
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

I believe hunting is a activity that God has ordained and the traditions of hunting date back to the beginning of time. Besides if God didn't want us to eat animals he wouldn't have made them meat flavored


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