Opinion

WATERCOOLER: Quoting the Bible to justify hunting?

YOU can quote the Bible, you can say it makes you a better person - I don't really care what you say or do to try and justify what are truly sociopathic urges.

US hunter Sabrina Corgatelli recently quoted parts of Genesis that she says make thrill hunting ok after she shot a beautiful giraffe. 

Genesis 27:3 says, 'Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me,'" she wrote.

I'm not sure Sabrina has been reading her Bible properly though.

The Bible, if taken literally, also tells us every plant is good for food.

I'd like to direct Ms Corgatelli to another part of Geneis - 1:29.

"God also said, 'Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you'.

So all plants with seeds are good to be eaten? Best not go chewing on oleanders any time soon.

What about the many parts of the Bible that talk about kindness to animals?

"And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety," says Hosea 2:18.

Proverbs 12:10 says whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast.

Hunting animals for sport makes you a very disturbed person for far more than the obvious.

Why do hunters share their photos with the world?

Why do they need to post them online knowing they'll cop a backlash?

They do it because they're waiting for the attention.

Posting images with dead animals - killed for nothing more than a happy snap and some kind of urge to slaughter - doesn't really serve any purpose other than getting a rise out of people.

And this is at the cost of some poor beast who never did them any harm.

We can hope that there is a heaven, and in it, a place for these beautiful creatures to be free of the evil people in this world.

Perhaps Luke 12:6 is one part of the Bible hunters should be taking literally.  

"Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God."

What do you think about this? Join our daily watercooler by leaving a comment below.

What you're saying on Facebook:

Rach Atkinson: "Sabrina has misquoted the bible, and used it to suit her own purpose. If you read the verse before, and the verse following it is talking about hunting animals to eat, it says nothing about hunting for pleasure. The world was not created with the intent for anyone or anything to harm or be harmed."

Diane Russell: "I can not love these people who have to kill animals, you waste in so many ways."

Gav Hunter: "I'm a Hunter never wanted to kill a lion or an elephant. Another strangely provocative topic especially with biblical references."

Felicity Mitchell: "Hunters who hunt for survival are different from hunters who hunt for sport. Hunting for sport is wrong. This girl shot a stationary animal that's the size of a tree. Where is the challenge in killing an animal that can't defend itself? Hunting for sport is wrong. There's no sense in killing any animal, especially an endangered one like lions or elephants or rhinos etc."

Mary Druce: "It amazes me the lengths people will go to, to justify their actions. There is no justification for trophy hunting!"

Alyssa Gabrielle Dietz: "Trophy hunting is disgusting. I honestly don't understand how these people justify hunting some of the most endangered animals on the face of the earth?"

Lynda Klein: "The bible quote was written back in the day they had no supermarkets. I bet she wouldn't be quoting it if she was the giraffe, she'd be too busy running fast. Twisting words to suit herself..."

Cathy Harris-Brennan: "Whats quoting the bible got to do with condoning killing animals. it actually tells us to look after them and treat them kindly. There is no excuse for hurting animals for fun or sport its cruel disgusting and inhumane."

David Russell: "Well I guess I could stone my kids to death for swearing at me and then just quote the bible to justify it (Leviticus 20:9).. Yeah makes sense lol."

Edward Gilmour: "Religious hypocrite! want to quote the bible then hunt with a spear; and eat you kill."

Topics:  animals, bible, editors picks, hunting, watercooler



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