By Martin Cisneros
The F.A.Q.s are more fast paced with simply highlighting some of the "frequently asked questions" that I've received over the years, from different aspects of how to apply this teaching to explaining why the usage of animal slurs is "profane." Why is the term for a female dog, or another word for a "donkey" considered using profanity in society? I answer that and many other questions of conscience here.
7. Is there ever a permissible reason for killing an animal, or putting one "to sleep"?
Cases of catastrophic disease or injury where the spiritual faith to bring the animal to recovery and/or where medical knowledge isn't sufficient to bring a proper mending to the animal's body.
If the animal's committed a murder against a human being, without the animal having been excessively provoked by the human in question.
Areas of human safety where someone can't get away from a dangerous situation with an animal, viz., the old proverbial "it's either you or them" and you can't get out of it by any conciliatory deed, gesture, or word. Then taking the animal's life in question is justifiable, as long as it's done in a way that isn't excessively cruel or prolonging of agony on the part of the animal.
Any other killing of an animal constitutes animal sacrifice, which under the laws of the New Testament we're forbidden from practicing. Just because you didn't play around in the animal's blood and make funny demonic or allegedly heavenly oaths or rituals doesn't mean your killing of an animal couldn't have wandered into the area of animal sacrifice.
Let conscience and all of the above be your guides.
According to the prophets of the Bible, God takes no pleasure in the death of an animal but rather in the turning of a wicked sinner from their wicked sins!
8. How do we reach out to animals with gospel ministry? What shape would ministry towards them take?
Our biggest priority is to always be led by the Holy Spirit. This means that time in the Scriptures regarding this Hosea 2:18 covenant and time spent in fasting and thanksgiving to God over this provision of grace for animals is top priority. 1Timothy 2 applies as much to them as to any human being because God wills that all of the animals be delivered from exploitation and oppression; that all of us come to a knowledge of the truth; and that all of us would live in peace.
With the rapid advances of society, a place must be found for animals to be kept safer and safer from the exploitative hands of wicked men.
Veterinary medicine must grow along side of an awareness of the redemptive provisions of the cross of Christ for each and every animal. Christ as much died to free them from the futility brought in by sin as He died and rose again from the dead for our deliverance from sin, our entrance into the fullness of holiness, and our deliverance from the futilities brought in by sin. Man and animals enter into kingdom fullness together. That's the pattern of Scripture. Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a colt, indicative of the fact that man and animal are eternal co-heirs of the grace of life; of God's redeeming power and everlasting kindness.
Animals must not only have liberties to be and to become and to rest, but they must be protected as our technologies become more and more advanced. Our prayers for their peace, safety, and God-given provisions are as vital as our prayers for the salvation/sanctification of all of mankind every where.
9. What if you were wrong about the probable alternative meanings of the words translated "fish" in the gospels?
If I'm wrong about the words being mistranslated "fish" in the N.T., as I would understand ichthys and opsarion to mean something else, that doesn't change the Hosea 2:18 Covenant and the age of grace that's finally breaking in on animals. Quite a few New Testament teachings would have been regarded as heresy during Old Testament times, which were in fact the very oracles of God. Jesus never directly opposed compassion towards animals. Isaiah 11 seems to indicate that when the fullness of the knowledge of the LORD is present is when animal cruelty is abolished. So, anything short of this couldn't be the fullness of the knowledge of the LORD, right?
10. Why should I concern myself with this covenant since the New Testament seems to say so little, if anything, about it?
All Christians should be concerned about what the Holy Spirit of the Scriptures is saying regarding the times that we live in, whether they be the fundamentalist "end times" or merely a transition into deeper levels of grace, judgment, and wisdom for the Church, Israel, and the world.
11. Isn't this just another stumbling block to people accepting Christ?
As to whether or not this is another stumbling block, the Scriptures are clear to the sensitive of heart who tremble at His Words. When has Christ not been a stumbling block according to the same Scriptures?
12. Aren't you just introducing another testament like the Mormons?
I'd hardly call God's unfolding wisdom throughout the ages by Jesus Christ and all of the Old and New Testament prophets an introduction of another testament. St. Paul spoke of the New Covenant in Ephesians chapter 2 as if it were a series of more than one covenant. He uses the word "covenant" in the plural. Also, I'm not making myself out to be anyone more special than anyone else in the Kingdom of God. Should the LORD choose to preserve any or all of these writings for future generations, the LORD alone is the judge and creator of the future ages and worlds.