Today, Good Friday, Christians celebrate the passion and
crucifixion of Christ, the "innocent lamb" and the last sacrifice.
However, most Christians will celebrate the joyous resurrection this
weekend sacrificing unnecessarily innocent animals simply for the
sake of taste.
The Bible relates that prophets objected to sacrifice,
emphasizing that God prefers righteousness. Animal sacrifices are
not required or even desired now, for at least two reasons. First,
Paul encouraged self-sacrifice, writing, “[P]resent your bodies as a
living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your
spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). Second, traditional
interpretations of Jesus’ death affirm that, because of him, animal
sacrifice is no longer necessary. Christians, being new creations in
Christ, may model Christ by choosing a loving relationship with all
Creation. Indeed, Jesus twice quoted Hosea (6:6), saying, “I desire
mercy and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13, 12:7).
Let's be merciful and compassionate, and encourage others to do
so, by eating delicious, plant-based foods and letting animals enjoy
Your question and comments are welcome