In the end, I’m not too hopeful for change. After reading this book, you most likely will not. Chances are that you will go about your life the exact same way that it has been going with no alterations to your diet. However, as I said in the beginning, this book has not been written to change your mind. There is no person, fact, or event that can ever do that for you. It is not what I was aiming for. If anything softens ones heart, it will be compassion.
I did hope, however, to reveal how the Bible has a lot of material that would go against the grain of today’s modern animal foods. Verses like Genesis, where our Creator tells us what we should eat, all the way to Solomon claiming that only righteous men care for their animals, we can easily understand how the Holy Scriptures encourage us to live a vegan lifestyle.
The counter arguments (in agreement with animal slaughter) discussed above are, for the most part, taken out of context. The ones that are not taken out of context were geared towards specific people groups for very specific reasons. None of them applies to our Christian walk in the 21st century.
Essentially, I want the audience to look at the real reasons why they support the subjugation of animals. It is not because the Bible says so. It is because they simply want to. Christian groups twist what the Bible says in an attempt to justify an action that they know deep down is wrong. Most of us knew it was wrong as children.
Realizing this, as well as the looming dangers of water shortages, human exploitation, and more, there are so many reasons why we ought to at least consider a different way of life.
When confronted with oppression, David Mitchel’s character Adam Ewing stated “I cannot, in good conscious, participate in this kind of business any longer.” What can we say, now that we know the truth? Most of us do not say anything. Most of us turn off the documentaries, shush those advocating for animal liberation, and continue to contribute. But as William Wilberforce boldly explained in the 1800’s, “You may choose to look away, but you can never again say that you did not know.”
When God asks us how we handled His creation, what will we tell Him? That we loved it, raised it, and nurtured it or that we tortured it, forcefully raped it, and in the end killed and ate it? I would hope that I could say that I was concerned with animals’ wellbeing, and that I did a good job looking after his masterpiece- life. My prayer is that we can someday fulfill our roles as the caretakers of the planet, and put an end to our selfish actions.
I believe the arguments presented here offer adequate inspiration for a change of both heart and diet for the individual who claims to follow Jesus.
“We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, ‘What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?”
Jonathan Safran Foer