Veggie Predators

  • Question from DW, United Kingdom

    Isaiah ch11 v6 says: “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat”, v7 says: “the lion will eat straw like the ox”. It would seem that the wolf, leopard and lion would cease to be carnivores, so were they carnivores as a result of the ‘Fall’ and was it God’s intention that they should never eat flesh for their livelihood in the first place?

    This passage from Isaiah depicting a peaceful world after God permanently establishes his glorious rule would seem to indicate an end to the normal behaviour of nature ‘red in tooth and claw’. In this sense it is presumably meant to be an allegorical reference to an end of suffering and conflict.

    However, the point raised is an interesting one. If we accept the idea of a ‘Fall’ back in humankind’s prehistory from a perfect existence as described in Genesis, then carnivorous diets are a result of such a ‘Fall’ from grace. In Romans 5 verse 12, Paul states that: “sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin…”

    If death is a result of sinful activity, then it follows that eating meat cannot have happened before the ‘Fall’ – it would be very difficult to eat an animal that was not dead! In the final consummated creation, the ‘new Heaven and new Earth’, death again ceases to exist. If animals live in the re-created order, then it seems unlikely they will be eating each other.

    Thanks for your question DW. I hope you found the answer helpful.

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