Worship Not the Creature: Animal Rights and the Bible
The most forthright and engaging presentation of the Biblical view of animals in print. J. Y. Jones, long an accomplished physician, scholar, writer, outdoorsman, hunter, and man of God, is uniquely qualified to offer his cutting-edge treatment of this controversial topic. Don’t let the down-to-earth, diverting and friendly style fool you. Just as America’s wise Founding Fathers discovered latent More
My Sicilian grandfather’s sister was a vegetarian living on her avocado ranch in Oceanside, California, in the middle of the twentieth century. At that time, she was the only one I knew. Today, there are more vegans than ever before. Many promote it as a healthier diet and lifestyle, but some vegetarians may be promoting a deeper, hidden agenda. In this book, Dr. Jones exposes vegetarianism—especially political activists—with facts and truth. He also brings to light the radical agendas driving the environmentalist and animal rights movements, especially in contrast to the Christian premise of responsible stewardship of animals as revealed in Scripture, building his case upon the Godapproved and God-sanctioned uses of animals as beasts of burden and as food. His analysis of the false Darwinian theory of evolution versus God’s creation as recorded in Genesis is brilliant. And the difference between macro and micro evolutionary models is very important to understand. Further, as an ophthalmologist and surgeon, his description of the intricacies and brilliance of God’s design and creation of the eye and eyesight found in Chapter One (pp. 9-10) is priceless!
This book is vital today to expose the unbiblical agenda of the so-called animal rights movement, which often acts in concert with radical environmentalism. This is a serious book which lays bare the insane arguments propagated in the media on a near-daily basis. Read what the Bible, God’s Word, says about the intended and proper care, use, and treatment of animals. This is long overdue in today’s man-centered and animal-centered culture. Are we to worship the creature more than the Creator of the universe? Are we to hold up the animal kingdom as more important than “the image-bearer” and our Creator in Heaven? What does Holy Scripture say about these things?
A word of caution: The doomsday predictions and apocalyptic opinions of the author, while very popular today through books and movies, is not our understanding of Bible prophecy and its partial fulfillment that we believe has already occurred. We disagree with much of the end-times scenarios of this book, especially chapters 12 and 13, which represent the author’s opinion based upon his interpretation of theology and eschatology. It is not our view, as you will also see in the Theology Editor’s Word by Ronald W. Kirk, which follows this Foreword. We are not inclined to believe that wild beasts will run rampant and devour humans wholesale— although Leviticus 26:22 was the Lord’s warning to the Israelites to be obedient to His commandments or face the consequences of the curse, and Revelation 6:8 does warn unbelievers [particularly] of these consequences being unleashed.
Personally, I believe the Beast was first-century Roman-emperor Nero who greatly persecuted the Christians (among other tyrannical dastardly deeds) leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem and the old (Jewish) sacrificial system in AD 70. However, we advise readers to seek the truth by intensive study of the Word of God. I also recommend to you another, more optimistic, book published by NPI for further study: Dr. Greg Uttinger’s A Whole New World: The Gospel According to Revelation.
As Romans 1:24-25 warns, do not be trapped into the lie of worshipping and serving the creature while forsaking the Creator. Worship our Triune Lord God and serve Him all the days of your life. Jesus proclaims the truth,
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they, that do His Commandments, that their right may be in the tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the City.” (Revelation 22:13-14, Geneva Bible, 1599).
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