I pulled this from the Christian Vegetarian Association's website. I think the scene described in Isaiah is beautiful! And it makes me happy that I no longer contribute to the suffering of the animals God put in our care...
Isaiah 11:6-9 (RSV)
"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."
Godís ideal world for us is not one where speciesism exists, but instead a world of tolerance, respect, compassion, love and harmony. As stewards of Earth, we have the responsibility and privilege to actively participate in the reconciliation and healing of Godís Creation. A crucial step toward this peaceable kingdom is to stop considering Godís animals as commodities.
How uplifting and beautiful is this prophesy! However, Christians should realize that we play a crucial role for this "Peaceable Kingdom" to become a reality. As stewards of God's Creation we have the sacred responsibility and privilege to actively participate in the healing and reconciliation of Creation, which undeniable means not to cause unnecessary suffering or death to any of God's creatures. Therefore, the intake of animal products is not a trivial or inconsequential matter. It is, instead, a moral and religious matter of grave consequences for our health, God's animals and the environment.
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