GOD's laws require us to be kind to be animals 7
- GOD's laws require us to be kind to the animals
(1) Give rest to beast of burdens on Sabbath, e.g.
ass, camel, ox (for plowing) , ... they should not
work on Sabbath and should have rest one day in a
GOD : Six days you shall labor, and do all your work;
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God;
in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or
your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant,
or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your
gates. [Ex 20:9-10]
Six days you shall do your work, but on the seventh
day you shall rest; that your ox and your ass may have
rest, and the son of your bondmaid, and the alien, may
be refreshed. [Ex 23:12]
(2) GOD : "When a bull or sheep or goat is born, it
shall remain seven days with its mother; and from the
eighth day on it shall be acceptable as an offering by
fire to the LORD." [Lev 22:27]
GOD taught us to allow the new born to remain with its
mom 8 days at least.
There must be psychological and physiological reasons
I have read from books that some babies were taken
from their mothers just after birth ! This should
never have been done to humans.
(3) GOD : "You shall not boil a kid in its mother's
milk." [Ex 23:19]
This commandment is hard to understand. But IMAGINE
yourself to be the mother cow.
When your master kill your child for food, would you
not know it ? Would it not grieve you ?
If you master is going to cook your child in milk, and
comes to milk you to boil the meat in, would you not
perceive it ? Would it not grieve your heart
tremendously ? What would be your feeling towards
your master ?
Do not think that animals have no feelings.
Therefore GOD gives us this commandment.
(4) Enoch, in his books, has taught us similar
things, [2 Enoch 58:6-7]
Enoch : "The Lord will not judge a single soul of
beast for man's sake, but adjudges the souls of men to
their beasts in this world; for men have a special
place. And as every soul of man is according to
number, similarly beasts will not perish, nor all
souls of beasts which the Lord created, till the great
judgment, and they will accuse man, if he feed them
ill." [2 Enoch 58:6-7]
Therefore, if you do not treat the animals in your
charge according to the Will of GOD, then during
Judgment Day, they will testify against you, and you
WILL NOT enter paradise.
(*) Book of Enoch (2)
(Note : this doesn't mean we can't kill our animal for
food, only if we kill it humanely.)
Lastly, I should say that we should never change the
laws/commandments of GOD by replacing the teachings on
animals by "treat animals kindly etc." We Chinese
have a terrible experience in this : our ancestors
knew what are righteous acts and what are unrighteous
acts. But they did not specify which acts are
righteous and which are unrighteous, but just taught
us to act righteously. Over the years, people have
very vague ideas of what are righteous. Therefore we
must teach the laws/commandments of GOD exactly, but
we may explain the rationale behind, because if people
understand the rationale behind, they can remember the
Wu Siu Yan
P.S. Miscellaneous teachings about animals,
GOD : "And whether the mother is a cow or a ewe, you
shall not kill both her and her young in one day."
GOD : "You shall not let your cattle breed with a
different kind; you shall not sow your field with two
kinds of seed; nor shall there come upon you a garment
of cloth made of two kinds of stuff." [Lev 19:19]
(*) Law of GOD and His Commandments
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