A Judeo-Christian Perspective on Cruelty-Free Living
A website I stumbled upon called All-Creatures.org opens with this statement:
“We are dedicated to cruelty-free living through a vegetarian – vegan lifestyle according to Judeo-Christian ethics. Unconditional love and compassion is the foundation of our peaceful means of accomplishing this goal for all of God’s creatures, whether human or otherwise.”
This website is dedicated to helping people who follow a religious path to make the connection between their ethics and their choices, and how the power of compassion or cruelty is very much in our hands.
Most of us long for the “peaceable kingdom”, a place of joy and love, where no one has fear, pain or suffering, and there is no killing or death.
Though this earth is full of suffering, we can choose to do our part to ease the pain and avoid causing injury and slaughter to other creatures and thereby “do unto others as we would have done to us”.
We may long for peace, but we must first practice this peace towards all sentient beings, human and animal alike, to truly live as if we mean it.
Here is an excerpt from a sermon by the Rev. Professor Martin Henig at the Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals:
“Jesus was himself a victim of unmerited violence, and yet through his suffering became the victor.
In my mind the life of Our Lord and his refusal to participate in a system which depended on bullying and suppression relates to the ancient Sanskrit doctrine of Ahimsa, meaning both compassion to all living beings and nonviolence; Amhisa , so important in Hinduism, Buddhism and especially Jainism, was central to the thought of some of the most saintly figures of modern times, amongst them Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Schweitzer.
It is very readily translatable into our faith in a loving creator whose creation-all of it- in the words of the morning canticle, the Benedicite, was made simply to praise him.“
For the complete sermon, visit the ASWA website.