Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - February 24, 2022
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. The Garden of Eden – Banishment
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry

1. Activist Feedback

Star activist Rick Hershey writes:

I handed out 1575 CVA booklets at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for Winter Jam. Most of the booklet went to kids.

I handed out 1225 CVA booklets at BoncorpSouth Arena in Tupelo for Winter Jam. About 80% of the booklets went to kids. This was the friendliest, most polite crowd that I have ever encountered!

Contact LorenaValenziVeg@gmail.com if you can help at Winter Jam or other events.

2. The Garden of Eden – Banishment

Genesis relates, “Then the LORD God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever’ ” (3:22, RSV) Then, God banished Adam and Eve from Eden. What was the threat posed by their eating of the tree of life?

To the degree that fear of death underlies human violence, eating of the tree of life would reduce human destructiveness. Humans would not feel compelled to hurt and kill other individuals to establish their own sense of importance, invulnerability, and impermanence. Regarding the last, Ernest Becker argued that humans seek to excel over others to be remembered by future generations and to be favored by God so that they might enjoy an everlasting blissful existence.

Death is not the only evil, however. Suffering is part of human existence, and this too is feared. Having eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve would tend to harm other living beings in the Garden of Eden in an attempt to ward off their own suffering. For example, fearing hunger, they would hoard food. Fearing disease, they would vivisect animals. Fearing the cold, they would kill animals for skins. Fearing boredom, they would force animals to perform for them.

I regard the Garden of Eden account as a story designed to help describe and understand human relations with the natural world and each other. Because of complex, conflicting, and sometimes destructive human desires, human communities could never fully reflect the peace and harmony depicted in the metaphoric Garden of Eden. But, we can seek the biblical idea, depicted in the Garden of Eden story, to live peacefully and nonviolently. One of the easiest and most effective ways we can do this is by adopting a plant-based diet. I will consider ways we can live in peace in forthcoming essays.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.

3. From All-Creatures.Org Ministry

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