I cringe whenever I recall the many instances my adolescent pranks and puerile pronouncements cast my parents down to the depths of hopeless gloom. They had little excuse for optimism about the prospects of their first-born. But seldom did the white heat of their anger flame more menacingly than when I dismissed myself as an animal. Admittedly, I had learned to light their fuses so I knew just what to say when Mom reacted to my disgustingly slurping soup out of the bowl by spitting these words at me, “Stop eating your soup like an animal!” What I said was, “But since I am an animal, it’s okay if I eat this way, right?” In order not to posthumously ensnare my saintly mother with the government’s Child Protective Services, I’ll leave you in the dark as to what she then did to me.
Not to leave my long-suffering father out of this stroll down memory lane, I recall his reaction to our picnic in the park being marred by a nearby amorous couple’s inappropriately public displays of affection. “That’s how animals behave,” he exclaimed. That was a poorly chosen moment for me to disagree with him. I mildly explained that I thought it was rather charmingly natural that they were indulging their animal instincts. I think it was the word ‘charming’ that sealed my fate. Or perhaps it was the approving way in which I uttered the word “natural”. Either way, the father-son bond became taut and suspenseful for a day or two.
It wasn’t until about eight years had elapsed that I began to understand why nothing goaded my parents to more indignant exasperation than my blurring the distinctions between human and animal. I finally caught on that thinking of myself as an animal obliterated the entire world of Western morality. After all, the wolf that dined on the rancher’s sheep isn’t being evil. He’s doing what wolves do. Similarly, if I was nothing but a healthy young animal with the natural appetites of healthy young animals, nothing that I did was evil. I finally caught on that this approach would never help me become a healthy young animal. What it would undoubtedly do though was contribute to me becoming a sick old human.
Regrettably it took another eight years before I slowly grasped how insidiously seductive was the idea that people and animals are all basically the same. All the putrefied pathologies of progressivism stem from socialism’s basic belief that people are indeed nothing but slightly more sophisticated animals than cows. Like cows, they do best with a farmer running their lives.
Shockingly, it took me yet another eight years to grasp that God created a world in which animals themselves play an unwitting role in the seduction of society. Homosexuality? It’s perfectly natural; rats do it, no problem. Infidelity? Since the 1960s and increasing in every decade since, countless books and academic studies have appeared arguing that faithfulness to one’s mate is unnatural and rarely found in animals. Stealing? Arctic foxes and seagulls do it so calling it immoral is just silly.
This is one of the main reasons crime began climbing in the early 60s and has never since returned to pre-1962 levels. If we are no more than wolves walking on two legs, we can never be held morally responsible for our bad behavior. There is always an external reason to explain why a wolf devoured the farmer’s sheep—the fence failed, the dogs didn’t do their job or the sheep were out of their paddock. Similarly, there is always an external reason for human criminality—poverty, racism, or economic inequality.
There is no human aberrance for which an animal model cannot be found. And if animals do it, and we are also animals, why shouldn’t we do it too? Coming to believe that we humans are really just another part of the animal world and are not uniquely touched by the finger of God is to slam the door firmly on morality and the existence of objective right and wrong.
As societies decay, we usually see them moving from a commendable concern about cruelty to animals towards a form of extremism. For instance, disallowing the use of animal tests in developing life-saving drugs for humans. We also find increasing hostility towards animal acts in circuses or even the idea of zoos. Initially, the talk is of making sure the animals are well cared for and have enough room to roam. Once those changes take place, however, the pressure continues for the complete abolition of circuses, zoos and aquariums. All these examples and more, are inevitable results of five decades of indoctrination into the ‘people equal animals equal people’ equation. (I wouldn’t like living in an enclosure being observed by tourists so how can I inflict this on chimpanzees or orcas? )
It goes without saying that Judeo-Christian culture and Bible-based religion was the first moral system in history to denounce cruelty to animals. What the Romans did to animals in the Colosseum and in other venues of public entertainment two thousand years ago was unthinkable in Jerusalem. But compassion towards animals is not the same as viewing any human use of animals as unethical.
In order to stress the distinction between animals and humans and to emphasize how we are not to see ourselves as animals, we are told, not once, but seven times throughout the Five Books of Moses, not to eat the blood of animals. We may eat certain animals but never their blood because, “…the spiritual essence of all flesh is in the blood.” (Leviticus 17:11). “…for the blood is the spiritual essence.” (Deuteronomy 12:23)
Many primitive cultures believed that drinking the blood of certain animals or even of one’s enemies granted one the powers of the former owner of that blood. Humans were not to desire the power of animals. What God granted us, the unique power of people, was far superior to the power of animals.
Consuming the blood of animals reflects a desire to absorb their ‘animalism’ into one’s being. But Scripture sees in eating blood, something even more nefarious.
…I will set My face against the person who consumes the blood…
These ominous words suggesting that God will focus, as it were, upon those who eat the blood is seen in only one other instance throughout the Five Books of Moses.
I Myself will set My face against that man and his kin, and will cut off from among their people both him and all who follow him in going astray after Molech [the idol].
Ancient Jewish wisdom teaches that when a distinctive phrase is used in only a few instances, those instances are all closely linked. This tells us that consuming an animal’s blood is associated with the sin of idolatry. In both cases we humans, granted by God with spiritual and intellectual independence have handed over our free will to a malevolent outside agency. In idolatry, instead of following God’s compact with us, we make ourselves subservient to an idol and by the act of consuming blood we make our souls susceptible to the message from the animals. If you feel like it, do it. Everything is mere instinct.
It takes time for damaging behavior to spread through enough of any human society to cause destruction. Once a majority of a population becomes seduced by the idea that we and animals are all part of one world, destruction of society becomes inevitable. Let us pray that we find our way back to Timeless Truth before this happens.
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One major area of life where thinking of humans as animals has done the most harm is the area of sexuality. For a very non-animal way for males and females to behave, get yourself a copy of Gila Manolson’s book, Hands Off! This May Be Love.
Give it to someone you know who is in high school or college, or bless someone in your church with this book. Be a part of turning the tide back to a Godly view of humanity.
Hands Off! This May Be Love