Friday, July 16, 2004

Reading the Bible in a Year.  At the recent Christian Life Conference we attended, one of the two major speakers was John Huffman,  the pastor at St. Andrews PC in Newport Beach, CA.  John said that you could read the Bible through in a year if you read two chapters from the Old Testament each day and one from the New.  So I started that yesterday.  I read Gen 1 and 2, but didn't get to Matthew 1, because I had to stop and think about what I read in Genesis, and ran out of time.  What a refreshing thing to read those two chapters!  So many things appeared new to me.  I realized that it had been a long, long time since I had read them.
Here's one thing that struck me for the first time (probably something that has been always obvious to you and certainly to many others): In Gen. 1:29 and 30 God appears to describe the first diet for men and animals.  Its a vegetarian diet.
I thought "What about the lions?  Did they not eat other animals?"  But maybe the lion we see today is the evolutionary result of sin having later come into the world.  (Such speculation!).  Maybe we are as different in our characters from Adam as the present day lion is from what God originally created.
And where does that leave us?  If the original intention was for us to be vegetarians,  do we eat meat as an appropriate accomadation to the fallen world or should we move away from that?

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