Christian Ethics and Nonhuman Animals From all-creatures. In a world humming with animal rights and animal liberation, it is important to assess Christian teachings with regard to human-nonhuman responsibilities and interactions. This article is not critical in nature, but reveals how much we might learn from the spiritual and moral teachings of the Christian tradition about our place in the larger universe.
Factory farmed animals are deprived of freedom, their young, their nursing milk, their eggs, and ultimately their lives. To support industries that cause such suffering is to live a life that is spiritually impoverished.
All beings tremble before danger, all fear death. When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill. All beings fear before danger, life is dear to all. He who for the sake of happiness hurts others who also want happiness, shall not hereafter find happiness.
He who for the sake of happiness does not hurt others who also want happiness, shall hereafter find happiness.
It matters little who kills the turkey; the one who buys a dead bird causes another to be raised and killed, and has thereby caused unnecessary suffering. Buddhist philosophy teaches that a flesh-eater can no more avoid negative karma from eating flesh, than one can escape the effects of dust thrown into the wind.
They come back to suffer the trials and tribulations of life in order to help every individual of every species to escape from ongoing suffering and rebirth. The Bodhisattva is known, and even defined, by his or her commitment to the salvation of other beings.
I take upon myself the burden of all suffering, I am resolved to do so, I will endure it.
I do not turn or run away, do not tremble, am not terrified, nor afraid, do not turn back or despond. At all costs I must bear the burdens of all beings.
In that I do not follow my own inclinations. I have made the vow to save all beings. All beings I must set free. The whole world of living beings I must rescue, from the terrors of birth, of old age, of sickness, of death and rebirth, of all kinds of moral offence, of all states of woe, of the whole cycle of birth-and-death.
I myself must grapple with the whole mass of suffering of all beings. Readers are constantly reminded that the hare or the deer in the story eventually became the Buddha. Those who eat cattle and pigs, hens and turkeys, who consume the nursing milk meant for calves and the eggs of abused hens, are warned that they might well be consuming a future Buddha, or causing unnecessary suffering to a future Buddha.
How many Bodhisattvas and future Buddhas are now among us in animal form, and how is our spiritual journey affected if we carelessly harm them? Kuan Yin, the Bodhisattva of compassion, is compassion itself.To save Eating Earth: Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice (Hardback) eBook, make sure you access the web link below and save the document or gain access to other information that are have conjunction with EATING EARTH: ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS AND DIETARY CHOICE (HARDBACK) book.
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