Freedom to Slaughter God’s Works of Art?

posted by Jael Ever @ 19:17 PM
May 11, 2011

What if a sane person walked into a famous museum and deliberately slashed a Van Gogh, Picasso or other famous painting brutally with a sharp steel knife, so badly that restoration would be impossible?  When caught, that person would be sent to jail for a very long time.  Right?  Moreover, artists, critics and art lovers around the world would be outraged, demanding that the culprit be given life imprisonment or even execution.  Such are systems of human laws, systems measuring treasures which societies agree have worth without measure, values that must be protected at all cost.

 So can someone please explain why men feel free to kill God’s living works of art in nature, killing them at will, without any reason other than the sport of it?  And why they expect to get away with it?  Do they really believe that driving His works of art into extinction, wiping them off the earth forever, are not crimes requiring punishment?
 
 Take the beautiful nyala antelope, found mainly in the southern horn of Africa, in the mountains of South Africa and Ethiopia.  The male nyala stands some four feet high to his shoulders and has unbelievably beautiful horns twisting high up towards the heavens.  The females feature soft, dainty fawn-like qualities.  Numbering between eight and twelve thousand in the 1960s, nyala numbers are now down less than a thousand, and some researchers say down to only 150.  In addition to habitat loss, high-altitude farm cultivation, and harassment from dogs, the nyala antelope has primarily been prey to illegal hunting.
 
 While nyala are supposedly fully protected by local and international conservation laws, enforcement of those laws is generally lacking.  Most western hunters simply kill them for sporting trophies, while native hunters kill them for meat, to use their horns for local medicines and to make nipples for traditional milk bottles. The only time hunting them for meat may have been acceptable is when Ethiopian citizens lived in the wild, trying to escape a civil war.  Otherwise, natives have more than enough meat to eat, and clinics and modern-day nipples as well.

 Thus, in a few years, this exquisite example of God’s artistic creation will be gone forever.   Sometimes feral dogs prey on these magnificent creatures.  The Bible speaks of two kinds of dogs.  One is the four-legged kind.  The other is the human kind.  Bible prophecy says that the human ones will not be allowed in heaven:  “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie” (Revelation 22.15).  Hmm.  Sounds like those who kill animals like the nyala for sport, game and play, who destroy God’s works of art for no viable reason, unless these hunters repent and call out for His mercy through Christ Jesus, they will incur much greater punishment than that which may come from slashing works of art by men.

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