Should Christians Hunt?

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Hungry

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I never had an opinion about this before but I was thinking this morning, in nature carnivores hunt and kill but it serves a purpose. It strengthens the collective of both parties involved. The stronger thrive/survive to pass on genes and the weaker die so they don’t. We humans already have an unfair advantage in this survival game. We already eat to excess, probably two to three times our required calorie need (foregoing a necessity), then we aim for the stronger, trophy worthy animals. This messes up God’s design of natural selection. We could argue that the medical industry is plenty guilty of this but for now I’m just interested in your thoughts on hunting.
 

graceNpeace

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In this day-and-age I do NOT see the need for RECREATIONAL hunting!
(I hunt - just with a camera! This way a single animal or bird can be hunted numerous times...)
I do know that in many countries on earth hunting for survival is important still - although the environmental and ecological affects are increasingly detrimental...

Scripture clearly gives mankind the role of stewards of planet earth, Genesis 1:26-27, but of course our sin nature has perverted that original purpose and the result is a severely stressed planet, multiple extinctions due to human carelessness, etc etc...
RECREATIONAL hunting IMHO fits well within the perverted view of the world that our sin-nature provides!
 

Hungry

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Is Fishing hunting to you?

Jesus help fish for fish.
No, I think fishing for food is a natural and wholesome way to feed the body. Mass fishing the lakes and oceans until depleted...not so wholesome.
 

lightbearer

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No, I think fishing for food is a natural and wholesome way to feed the body. Mass fishing the lakes and oceans until depleted...not so wholesome.
Hunting isn't wholesome?
So Slaughter houses are fine for those who wish to partake of red meat?
 

shittim

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We were given dominion, and we still have it.
 

LW97

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Well, why not? :)
 
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In old days, christians had to hunt. Not just for food. You won't survive a harsh winter dressed in fig leaves!
 
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Agreed! I have heard a lot of people question hunting, but I've never heard anyone prove from the Bible why it was not allowed. (I take that back. I've never heard anyone SOUNDLY prove from the Bible why it was not allowed). Also, I think a better way to phrase your question is MAY Christians hunt?
 

Huckleberry

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.......God’s design of natural selection.
Darwin much?

If "natural selection" was His design , Jesus wouldn't have
bothered with all that cleansing and healing nonsense.
 

Deade

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Hold on, you that speak against recreational hunting know so little about game management in the developed countries. We have healthier and more abundant game reserves than anytime in history. It is a known fact that browsing animals (deer, elk and moose) will not have enough food to winter without the culling at hunting season. We would lose more than half the population due to lack of food in any given year. By thinning out the game we have negligible losses.

Indiscriminate hunting would wipe out an entire species like we did the buffalo. Not properly regulating hunting in the distant past, has wiped out some species that have been reintroduced, like the turkey. By hunting and tracking we can maintain a healthy balance of all our wildlife. The hunting licenses, stamps and tags pay for game management for the most part. We are doing better in the dominion department than you think.

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I'm a bit curious how you think those yearlings were killed for sacrifice. Do you think the shepherd went, "Here, sheepy, sheepy, sheepy" "Here, goaty, goaty, goatly," and then the pasture animals came running home to be killed? Sheep may be silent when getting the ax, but they're not docile!

And, I'm going with you never had Canada goose for a holiday meal? Bummer. Thems good eats if they're young. (A bit tough when they get old.) Wild turkey is the same.

Hasenfeffer is delicious! I can't tell the difference between eating squirrel and eating rabbit, but recommend everyone try both.

Snapping turtle soup? Yum, yum! Granted, you don't need a snapper to make it, but do you really want to spend the money for 15 pounds of beef instead? (I'm assuming the shell, head and guts of a 35-pound snapping turtle reduce to only 15 pounds of meat. The shell is heavy and the head is big.)

Frog legs? If there is food in heaven, I hope it tastes as good as frog legs! That was one meal even we kids could hunt successfully for. And hunting, was most certainly part of the meal.

We also were in charge of crabbing for dinner too. Granted, an easy hunt, but those little suckers were definitely going to fight us as we tossed them in the basket.

Quail! Delicious, but a real pain to prepare. It felt like just as much work as pheasant, except two pheasants could feed a family of six, and a good dozen quails were needed for that same family. Quail was a little more tender, but both were delicious.

Eel! Can't recommend it, but probably because Dad deep fried it to death. It felt and tasted like a bicycle tire.

Sunnies, perch, and catfish. My favorites. A better fight in the fish was pike, large-mouth, and smallmouth -- in that order. It was sport, because those fish didn't want to be dinner either.

Duck! If you want a fatty coating on your duck, then by all means, go for farm raised, but mallard, teal, and the like are better tasting.

Venison. (Mouth drool, just thinking about venison tenderloin. Almost want to puke remembering the ribs.)

This is how I grew up! Two nights a week, we got grocery-store meat for dinner. The other nights were the good dinners.

I don't hunt, because I don't have the heart to kill Squirrel Nutkin, Peter Rabbit, or Jeremima Puddleduck. And, living in the city now, my neighbors would get upset if I missed. (I'd probably hit them and the squirrel in the same shot our houses are so close together. lol)

But I am wondering how unrealistic people are to think hunting only means "trophy-hunting." I've seen 14-point deer head on a wall. I've seen 40-pound pike and 16-pound pickerel on a wall. But I knew that hunter. Those were the trophy-worthy game. All the rest went through his, his family's, and a few friends' stomach for dinner.

How distant have you become not to get, you're eating hunted meat every day. Daisy the Cow and Porky Pig aren't volunteering to climb onto your dinner plate.
 

Miri

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I'm a bit curious how you think those yearlings were killed for sacrifice. Do you think the shepherd went, "Here, sheepy, sheepy, sheepy" "Here, goaty, goaty, goatly," and then the pasture animals came running home to be killed? Sheep may be silent when getting the ax, but they're not docile!
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It worked for Noah!
 

Hungry

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Hunting isn't wholesome?
So Slaughter houses are fine for those who wish to partake of red meat?
I don’t think slaughter houses are fine. I was just interested in everyone’s opinion. Christ said not to worry about what you eat. Our family is trying to eat more vegetables and less meat. A majority of North Americans eat too much meat.
 

shittim

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the not worrying about what you eat was more of an instruction to trust the Lord in His provision, I believe.
You are right about too much red meat and not enough vege's
 

breno785au

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I never had an opinion about this before but I was thinking this morning, in nature carnivores hunt and kill but it serves a purpose. It strengthens the collective of both parties involved. The stronger thrive/survive to pass on genes and the weaker die so they don’t. We humans already have an unfair advantage in this survival game. We already eat to excess, probably two to three times our required calorie need (foregoing a necessity), then we aim for the stronger, trophy worthy animals. This messes up God’s design of natural selection. We could argue that the medical industry is plenty guilty of this but for now I’m just interested in your thoughts on hunting.
If you feel conviction to not hunt then don't. And those who have no conviction, hunt if they wish.

What I'm against is making up rules where there is no specific direction from God.
 

hornetguy

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I don’t think slaughter houses are fine. I was just interested in everyone’s opinion. Christ said not to worry about what you eat. Our family is trying to eat more vegetables and less meat. A majority of North Americans eat too much meat.
Too much meat? A majority of North Americans? Who told you that?

Who gets to make that decision? "YOU! OVER THERE!! DROP THAT TURKEY LEG!! YOU'RE EATING TOO MUCH MEAT!!"

I mean, really?

I suppose if you are vegan or vegetarian, ANY meat is too much.
 

Tommy379

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I never had an opinion about this before but I was thinking this morning, in nature carnivores hunt and kill but it serves a purpose. It strengthens the collective of both parties involved. The stronger thrive/survive to pass on genes and the weaker die so they don’t. We humans already have an unfair advantage in this survival game. We already eat to excess, probably two to three times our required calorie need (foregoing a necessity), then we aim for the stronger, trophy worthy animals. This messes up God’s design of natural selection. We could argue that the medical industry is plenty guilty of this but for now I’m just interested in your thoughts on hunting.
I am a carnivore.