Armory editor and contributor Natasha Sainsbury attacks the very foundations of animal cruelty and exploitation in this brilliant analysis
Easter: There Is No Lamb of God
by Natasha Sainsbury
In the days mail I spied a colorful Easter egg shaped flyer for one of the big supermarkets. It was cheerful, had foil wrapped eggs pictured on the front, and thinking it creative I “cracked” open the mailing, and perhaps because I was expecting the promise of chocolate offers, the image first to greet me, was as startling as it was.
I read the words next to dismembered corpse: “Butchers selection lamb leg bone in joint”
Lamb leg bone.
Spring-born lamb who didn’t get a chance at life. Dead now, for Easter.
A time of year for many to celebrate life, and for those of Christian belief especially, to celebrate the ressurection of Jesus. Many, rejoicing in his coming back to the world, by taking the lives of millions of baby lambs, and other souls. It does not seem compatible with giving thanks.
Because it isn’t.
“The Lord is my shepherd” I ponder the thought.
For those who hold alternative beliefs, let us imagine for a moment, that God exists. What kind of God would we consider to be worthy of worship and adoration? And yes, worthy.
I could believe in a God who was a loving, compassionate, progressive God. A God who took action to save the innocent. Whose retribution was not dished out upon people who looked around at the horrors of the world and questioned his motives, or existence, but who tackled the unquestionable forces of evil on the earth, and the insurmountable cruelty we see.
I cannot imagine that anyone holding the title of God, would design, or will it to be this way. Depending on which God, by the Bible, one of them commanded actual animal sacrifice, because he enjoyed the smell of their burning flesh. Really?
Aside from Easter, the eating of animals is justified because “God gave them to us to eat”. Well, I leave a question to those who believe God to be real, and that he did indeed design animals to be eaten:
Why would any compassionate creator give these souls the ability to feel the same things that humans experience: fear, pain, grief, and absolute terror in the face of what is to happen to them? Why did he design that a beating heart must cease, and the only way to do that for consumption, is through nothing short of torture?
Jesus died for the sins of people who were never born at the time. Animals are dying for the sins of those of us living now, through actions that will never receive atonement, with full knowledge of what the fact that we’re taking lives.
If the words in the Bible as as flexible as we apply their interpretation to other things in life, then surely, we can also interpret them through the lens of morality. Afterall, God gave us use of all animals, not just the ones we’re conditioned to think of as a product. People aren’t celebrating Jesus in most places, by eating dogs, or cats.
To be truly enlightened, and to be honorable guardians of “God’s creatures” we need to see that the idea of eating any of them is a paradigm we must shift, because it’s as reprehensible to, as taking the lives of the ones we’d never dream of killing.
We have free will, and we can choose compassion. Whether or not, a “God” did.