Hunters show your stuff!
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For the sake of establishing these Biblical truths, let us summarize:
Should we hunt?
Yes. We have permission from God to do so (Genesis 27:3; 9:2; Leviticus 17:13).
Is it wrong to kill animals?
No. To take the life of an animal is permitted by God, but not the life of a person (Genesis 9:3; 9:6).
Are animals equal in value to people?
No. Animals are not made in the likeness of God (Genesis 1:27; 9:6; Ecclesiastes 3:21).
Does God have any prohibitions regarding the killing of animals?
Yes. The consuming of blood (Deuteronomy 12:23; Leviticus 17:13).
Do we have a responsibility to animals?
Yes. We are to be stewards to animals and the fate of their collective numbers is in our hands (Genesis 1:26 & 28).
What does the Bible say about Christians hunting animals for sport?
Question: "What does the Bible say about Christians hunting animals for sport?"
Answer: The closest reference to sport hunting is Proverbs 12:27, "The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man's precious possession" (NKJV). So whatever view one takes on sport hunting, it is good and right for the hunted animal to be eaten, not just killed for a trophy. The sport hunting was not a common practice in Bible times. The reason for this is the fact that man hunted for food. In order to put food on the table you either had to grow it, hunt it, and in some cases buy or trade for it. Furs were used for clothing or sold in order to purchase things, and in many cases the furs of animals were currency. For early Americans, this was the case. You simply did not sport hunt in those days. It is hard to make a sport out of something you did everyday.
Today is a lot different. Hunting is simply not done as a way of life in western countries, with few exceptions. Markets are readily available and civilized cultures have currency. Sport hunting has evolved simply because man has always hunted, and it is in his nature. Scripture does not indicate either way whether it is ok or not ok to hunt animals for fun or sport, nor does it indicate a principle that would assume it is a sin or ungodly practice. In Genesis we read that animals were created for the benefit of man. Adam was given the pleasure of naming them and they were there for his enjoyment, help, and later on as a source of food.
At the beginning of creation, animals mainly served as helpers and enjoyment and not food because Adam and animals alike were vegetarians (Genesis 1:29-30). Note also that man was to rule over the earth and subdue it. The earth and all that it had were meant to serve the needs of man. It wasn't until after the fall of man in Genesis 3 did meat become a source of food for both animals and man. Since the animals and the plants of the earth were put under the control of man, God gave the responsibility to man to learn and to use them to his pleasure. That is why animals in research are acceptable, because they are meant to be used instead of humans. Animals do not have the same form of eternal soul, and likely do not experience an afterlife. This does not mean that we can be cruel and intend evil towards them. We need to be careful in sport hunting so we don't make it our consumption or do it illegally.
Sport hunting has it purposes also, although different by far in meaning. Conservationists would all agree that sport hunting is valuable in keeping the population of some animals in check. There is nothing biblically wrong with it; however, it is also an issue that each person must decide for themselves. It is under the liberty of Christians to do it or to not do it. If you do not feel comfortable with it, then search out why that is and abstain from it.
Excuse the part about being Cristian if you follow a different religion......
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one of the best deer hunters around.
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[FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Joan with Mugger the Mountain Lion[/FONT] [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Mugger the Mountain Lion helps me show people how magnificent our native wildlife is. Once eliminated throughout much of its original range, the mountain lion is now making a strong comeback under protection. As our population continues to sprawl into rural areas conflicts between humans and these magnificent predators are inevitable. To balance the demands for natural resources we will need to learn more about the little known lifestyle and habits of the mountain lion, its prey and other life forms that share its habitat.[/FONT]
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