Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

When I was a kid in Brooklyn, my family attended the First Baptist Church of the Redeemer in Flatbush. It was a beautiful brick building on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Cortelyou Road. I looked forward to Sundays, a they were the only opportunities I had to spend time with my very first girlfriend, Arlene Crozier.

But my most vivid memories of Redeemer were the congregation singing two particular hymns, There is Power in the Blood,

‘There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the precious blood of the Lamb.”

and Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?

Are you washed in the blood,
In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?
Are your garments spotless? Are they white as snow?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?”

The image of someone washing themself in the blood of the bled out corpse of a baby lamb was the first drop in the sea of doubts that made me reject the barbaric Christian cult, and all other religions as well.

I can still envisage my mother, father, and their friends, belting out the bizarre refrains, completely oblivious to what the words actually conveyed.

One Sunday I was asked to teach the next week’s Sunday School class. My brother and I had each just gotten a puppy. I thought I would teach a class on love and responsibility, so I picked up a concordance to the King James version of the Bible and searched for scripture which would support my thesis.

I couldn’t find one comment about dogs in the Bible which wasn’t pejorative. The Bible doesn’t have one kind word to say about dogs or puppies. Not one!

So I decided to read the entire Bible. Cover to cover. I was astounded to learn that God likes the smell of burning animal flesh. That if you kill a dove and drip it’s blood on your big toe you can cure leprosy. That the Bible says there were unicorns and dragons. That snakes and donkeys talked. That slavery is OK.. That God murdered babies.

I questioned my parents. My Sunday School teachers. The pastor. No one could satisfactorily explain any of my concerns.

Nor has anyone since.

I see the Bible as a compilation of the folklore and myth of ancient goat herders whose view of science and history is rooted in the Stone Age, and whose sense of morality is only steps away from the jungle. Human life is trivialized and animal life is worthless.

Incredibly, millions of people buy into the Bible.

Even more incredibly, few of those have ever actually read it.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Washed in the Blood of the Lamb

  1. Dear Roland,

    1.

    Too much focus on the writings of the Old Testament. That is wrong. Too little focus on the New Testament; especially on the words that ‘speak’ to us about JESUS, including JESUS’s own Words – written in red.

    2.

    I agree with what ahimsaforever wrote above, for there is a distinct difference – actually it is a VAST DIFFERENCE – between then and TODAY :

    ” There were no factory farms or transport trucks or massive slaughterhouses. No research labs or fur farms. No grinders to get rid of useless male chicks. No rodeos. No crush videos. ”

    2.1

    TODAY JESUS would NEVER EVER be “ a meat eater ”. If anybody wants PROOF that JESUS would be a Vegan TODAY then they need to read the Book ‘CRY OUT’. They need to read it WITH their Bible OPEN. It is a FREE READ at eBook : http://epublishbyus.com/cry_out_by_jesus_the…/10042317

    3.

    Whilst I also agree with ahimsaforever Re what he has written about the Church and about Members of Churches I nevertheless approach the BIG BIG Church Leaders and Evangelists and their Congregations. I ask them to read the Book ‘CRY OUT’. I send them a copy of the Book. I send them the ‘link’ to eBook. I try to encourage them and their Members/Audiences/Congregations to ‘Go Vegan’. It is the RIGHT THING TO DO. I believe; I KNOW that : TODAY JESUS would NEVER EVER be “ a meat eater ”; He would most definitely be a Vegan.

    3.1

    They, the Christians, Say they follow JESUS. Right. So I say to them ‘Go Vegan’ for JESUS’ Sake – and for ALL the other reasons as well, of course !

    4.

    Roland, I once again encourage you and your followers, of which I am just one, to seriously consider approaching the Highest Court in the World and bringing an Application on behalf of MILLIONS of us Vegans/Vegetarians (and on behalf of GOD’s Precious Creatures) Declaring, as the Pope, Pope Francis has recently come out and stated to 1, 2 BILLION Catholics and to the World Re CLIMATE CHANGE (my words follow) :

    “ It is a Crime against oneself and against Nature and it is a Sin against GOD if ‘man’ does not consider the Environment and act accordingly RE CLIMATE CHANGE ”.

    4.1

    Sounds close to what we Vegans are saying, hey Roland.

    4.2

    I think that Pope Francis will make an excellent Witness in a Court of LAW; don’t you Roland ?

    Lord Bless, love Michael (heart).

    P. S. GOD is ‘for His Created Animals/Creatures’. Taken from ‘CRY OUT’ : These are the Bible verses in Chapter 8 of ‘CRY OUT’ – 29 verses – that show how GOD sees His Animals/Creatures, of which a dog is one of them. Right :

    “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

    “Above all, love each other deeply.” 1 Peter 4:8

    “Blessed are the merciful.” Matt 5:7

    “For if your brother is hurt by what you eat, you are no longer walking according to love. By what you eat, do not destroy that one for whom Christ died.” Romans 14:15

    “It is a noble thing not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything that makes your brother stumble.” Romans 14: 21

    “Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” 1 Corinthians 8:13

    “So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another. Do not tear down God’s work because of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to cause stumbling by what he eats.” Romans 14:19-20

    “Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened ox with hatred.” Proverbs 15:17

    “And He said to them, ‘Which one of you will have a son or an ox fall into a well, and will not immediately pull him out on a Sabbath day?’” Luke 14:5

    “If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young.” Deuteronomy 22:6

    “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” Isaiah 40:11

    “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” Proverbs 23:20-21

    “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” Philippians 3:19

    “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat
    straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:6–9

    “For every beast of the forest is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. “I know every bird of the mountains, And everything that moves in the field is Mine.” Psalms 50:10-11

    “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.” Luke 12:6

    “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:2

    “The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.” Psalm 145:8-9

    “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” Matthew 10:29

    “He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:11–12

    “Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.” Psalm 36:6

    “He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.” Psalm 147:9

    “Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.” Joel 1:20

    “But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.” Exodus 20:10

    “But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.” Deuteronomy 5:14

    “Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl” Psalms 148:7–10

    “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6

    “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” John 3:7–9

    “The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the LORD.” Isaiah 65:25

    “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!’” Revelations 5:13

    _____________
    These are some verses that another Vegan Christian quoted on the Internet:

    ‘ God is love, so it’s no surprise that eating animals isn’t His preference. The following are Bible verses that prove it: ’
    1. “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30
    2. “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the royal rations of food and wine … Then Daniel asked … ‘Let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.’ … At the end of ten days it was observed that they appeared better and fatter than all the young men who had been eating the royal rations.” —Daniel 1:8, 11–12, 15
    3. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like an ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain.” —Isaiah 65:25
    4. “But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you.” —Job 12:7
    5. “The righteous know the needs of their animals, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.” —Proverbs 12:10
    6. “He gives to the animals their food, and to the young ravens when they cry.” —Psalms 147:9
    7. “I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety.” —Hosea 2:18
    8. “How long will the land mourn, and the grass of every field wither? For the wickedness of those who live in it the animals and the birds are swept away, and because people said, ‘He is blind to our ways.’” —Jeremiah 12:4
    9. “Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight.” —Luke 12:6
    10. “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.” —Psalms 36:6
    11. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” —Matthew 5:7

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  2. Until Mount Sinai where for 40 days ajd nights. The existence of blood made the meat inedible. pain of any kind forbidden These instructions were good enough for Rabbi Jesus but are ignored by teologists. The examples you give is religious blasphe,y and unsacroment. Correct interpretation would be the thelogical bases of veganism.

    On Apr 24, 2017 11:22 AM, “Armory of the Revolution” wrote:

    > Roland Vincent posted: ” When I was a kid in Brooklyn, my family attended > the First Baptist Church of the Redeemer in Flatbush.It was a beautiful > brick building on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Cortelyou Road. I looked > forward to Sundays, as it was they were the only opportu” >

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  3. I can identify. Only I grew up in the Catholic Church with the Latin mass and the liturgical reminder of The Lamb:

    Agnus Dei,
    qui tollis peccata mundi,
    miserere nobis.
    Agnus Dei.
    Dona nobis pacem.

    Those of us who studied Latin knew the translation.

    Lamb of God,
    Who takest away the sins of the world,
    have mercy upon us.
    Lamb of God.
    Grant us peace.

    But there was a total disconnect between the metaphor of Christ as the Lamb of God whose death redeemed the world and the fate of billions of real lambs who had no part in humanity’s sin, who had no choice in their own slaughter, and whose unwilling suffering and sacrifice came to nothing but dinner for meat-loving human beings on Easter Day.

    Like you, I also searched The Bible for passages that would condemn animal abuse. There were sparse references that most churches ignored.

    The Bible was written in a different, harsher time. There was little mercy for people or animals and no understanding of modern medicine or science. The language was that of myth, not historical fact. The writers of The Bible sought to explain the world and how it came to be, why there was suffering and injustice, why people performed the rituals and held the beliefs that guided their lives, and how to placate an angry deity with sacrifices.

    And while The Bible does not show much concern for or kindness to animals, many of the greatest evils never occurred when The Bible was written: There were no factory farms or transport trucks or massive slaughterhouses. No research labs or fur farms. No grinders to get rid of useless male chicks. No rodeos. No crush videos.

    There is no excuse for ignoring or justifying those evils now. Knowledge has proliferated in every field, especially in the sciences. We now know that animals are sentient, intelligent beings who are capable of most of the emotions people themselves feel. We also know they are innocent and powerless to fight back against the abuses they suffer. Yet many people still excuse even the worst animal cruelty and exploitation under biblical dominionism—in the 21st century!

    I’ve come to believe that the main problem lies both in human nature and in the churches who understand that nature only too well, to the point they have abandoned morality to pander to it.

    It comes down to this: Church leaders know they will be fighting a losing battle if they speak out against animal cruelty. If they condemn eating meat, hunting, fishing, animal-centered entertainment, then every exploitative and abusive industry and institution who has something to lose would engage in battle, from Big Ag to the NRA. And all those groups, who fulfill the demands for human pleasure and profit derived from animal suffering, would win.

    Congregations would abandon their churches and the collection plates would remain empty.

    Church leaders are pragmatic enough adhere to speciesism, to make that the dividing line. After all, for centuries the churches have loudly spoken out against sins and crimes against human beings: They condemned murder, violence, robbery, thievery, lying, and adultery. Where has that gotten them aside from long lines at the confessional and overflowing prisons?

    So I cannot imagine the time when Religion will truly help nonhuman animals. A baby step here is always followed by a retraction there when it comes to real change and the demand for people to make sacrifices. Even in the countries whose religions claim a belief in ahimsa, there is no shortage of animal suffering.

    As Pogo’s simple wisdom reminds us, we are the enemy. The potential for evil lies in human nature itself, in its proclivities for violence, greed, selfishness. The churches know it and have sacrificed nonhuman animals, eliminating them from the circle of moral concern, rather than fight a losing battle against their abuse.

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  4. i really think the Bible is a huge reason that humans feel it is their right to use and abuse animals. In order to believe in religion, one really must not think too deeply about it and certainly not question it. Growing up, my family wasn’t religious, but had a history of being vaguely Protestant. I remember, as a child, asking my dad why we didn’t attend church services regularly. I wondered if you could be a good person without going to church. He said that he noticed that many people he knew would treat people horribly all week and then go to church on Sunday. He felt, that didn’t make them good people. He told me that it was more important to be decent, kind and honest all the time, and If you wanted to go to church, well go. My mom, when questioned just said, “Well, treat everyone as you would like to be treated”. That was her take on religion. Animals were always a huge part of our lives, and loving and caring for them a priority, as it has continued to be during my lifetime. I am heartbroken at the cruelty humans show toward animals and the pain and suffering we inflict upon them. I know there have been changes. It is much easier to be vegan now than it was forty years ago, with more food choices available. But when I see the ads for Easter holiday foods, it makes me cringe. Joyful people eating ham, lamb roasts and other bits and pieces of flesh, yet never giving a thought to the sentient beings that were bludgeoned to death to create this “meal”, seems so bizarre to me. And I think, we haven’t really come very far at all!!!

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