That Thing Called God

As I’ve stated in earlier posts, and on the “About” page, I don’t normally approve comments from hunters trying to defend their blood sport. But I do sometimes save them as fodder for future posts. This is one of those comments, from someone going by the name “Sparky,” which warranted some examination on its way to the round file:

“Fine I’m a Psychopath. I enjoy feeding my family wild game meat instead of highly processed burger king. It’s healthier, period. Also animals ARE things. God created them for us to EAT!”

Okay, first of all, this may be one of those rare cases where the hunter in question is not actually a psychopath, simply because he says he is. A true psychopath would not have the insight to see it, nor the honesty to admit it.

On the subject of healthier eating, no one here is promoting or defending Burger King; but the fact is, a “processed” patty is probably not much worse for you than freshly killed venison—they’re both red meat, riddled with cholesterol. At least the hamburger might have a few vegetables and grains to provide some fiber to move things through that would otherwise sit in the colon and rot. Meat contains 0% fiber. And really, where did Sparky get the idea that there are only two food choices in the world: wild game or Burger King? Millions of good people are living proof that you can get by quite comfortably (and much more healthfully) on a completely plant-based diet.

Now, on to the last point sparky raised, “Also animals ARE things. God created them for us to EAT!”…instinct and better judgment would have me avoid any argument involving religion, but this is too outrageous to ignore. If all of the animals are merely “things” created by a god for people to stuff their faces with, then everything that was ever written by the world’s top scientists is wrong. Forget evolutionary biology, geology or physical anthropology: all we need to know was spelled out over 2,000 years ago on papyrus by people who knew nothing of science and had an agenda to champion the sandal-clad 2-leggers they deemed God’s favorite species—superior to all other animals in mind, body and spirit. Heck, to hear some folks’ interpretation, we humans are practically gods ourselves. But where does that leave all the other precious and amazing life forms who evolved along with us? According to the prevailing religion, they’re just “things” whose only purpose is to provide (colon-clogging) meat for the palette of the once-plant-eating-now-carnivorous-primates-gone-berserk.

Perhaps some hunters weren’t born psychopaths; for some, grandiosity, a lack of empathy and the objectification of our fellow beings are traits acquired by attending one too many sermons preaching that humans are the only ones that matter. It’s a pretty convenient mindset for those lucky enough to be born human, but I’m afraid it mirrors the kind of biblical misinterpretations that have been used to elevate one group of people and subjugate another. There is no chosen species any more than there is a master race. I don’t know what sort of thing God is supposed to be, but I can’t cotton to any being, supreme or otherwise, who plays favorites and gives special treatment to one creature while forsaking all others.

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson, 2012. All Rights Reserved

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14 thoughts on “That Thing Called God

  1. I agree wholeheartedly with what you said Jim. I wonder how “christians” get around the statement by St. Peter the Apostle who said, “Any animal which is slaughtered (by humans) is defiled, and its meat defiles (the human spirit).” This was after some “vision” he had where God ordered him to kill and eat meat that was formerly forbidden but St. Peter (vegetarian) refused to obey, knew it was a test. St. Peter is supposedly the gatekeeper of Heaven, according to the Christian bible. If all this is true and not mere fiction, I’d love to be able to see the faces of the Sparkys out there when they realize they FAILED miserably, are indeed evil, and are going to Hell. :-) …Don’t get me wrong, I’m not religious, but these Sparkys ARE. Their bible has been bastardized and used as a tool to ruin their souls and their eternal fates, it appears.

  2. The analysis is very good, rational and probably right. But where does that leave us especially on Thanksgiving when we are supposed to give thanks. How does one replace the comfort/dilemma that religion provides especially during times of stress?

  3. What ever happened to “thou shalt not kill”? maybe this guy should learn more about the bible. Genesis 1:29, God’s first dietary law: “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”

    In The Gospel of the Nazirenes, Jesus states, “Wherefore those who want to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths for the Lord is just and bountiful who ordains that man shall live by the fruits and the seeds of the earth alone” 38:1-6 christians should practice what the good book says.

  4. “[I] can’t cotton to any being, supreme or otherwise, who plays favorites and gives special treatment to one creature while forsaking all others.”

    We do the above especially today. Again, we’ve anthropomorphized god with all good and bad human traits.

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