Weekly Newsletter from Christian Vegetarian Association CVA - November 7,2019
From Christian Vegetarian Association (CVA)


  1. Fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
  2. Announcement: Raw Christian Living
  3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry
  4. Activist Outreach Opportunities

1. Fruit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Why was this the forbidden fruit? The Bible relates that, after eating the fruit, “the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked” (Genesis 3:7). I suggest that this describes the dawn of human consciousness. Many animals are conscious, and they respond to situations in ways that aim to increase pleasure and avoid pain. Human consciousness is distinctive, if not unique, in that a human can envision possibilities other than the one that the person faces at any given point in time. Other animals, as best I can tell, don’t possess this imaginative skill.

This capacity allows humans to recognize both good and evil. They can imagine better situations and worse situations, and naturally they act accordingly. No longer do they only seek to gain pleasure and avoid pain in the moment; they act to maximize pleasure and minimize pain in the future.

For Adam and Eve, eating the fruit and thereby gaining human consciousness changed how they perceived Eden. Now it was unsafe. They perceived the possibility of suffering and death, which made them afraid. To reduce the risk of harm, they would be inclined to hoard resources and to kill potentially dangerous animals. The Garden of Eden was no longer a paradise for Adam, Eve, or any of the other creatures.

Next week, I will consider how this story relates to the ancients’ likely understanding of human anthropology and compare this to contemporary notions. Then, I will explore the importance of Adam and Eve recognizing their nakedness.

Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D.


2. Announcement: Raw Christian Living

Wellness Retreat - November 18-25 - on the Big Island in Hawaii

3. All-Creatures.Org Ministry


4. Activist Outreach Opportunities

Leafleting and tabling are effective, enjoyable ways to show our brothers and sisters in Christ that a plant-based diet is good for God’s Creation. When you volunteer for the CVA, the CVA now donates $16/hr. for tabling and $25/hr. for up to 3 hours for leafleting to the veg. or animal protection group of your choice. Contact Lorena at [email protected] if you can help.

11/05/2019 - TX San Antonio Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/06/2019 - LA New Orleans Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/07/2019 - MO -Springfield - Tobymac
11/08-09/19 - PA Hershey - Joyce Meyer
11/09/2019 - FL Tampa - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/09/2019 - MO St. Louis - Mercy Me
11/10/2019 - FL Ft Lauderdale - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/11/2019 - FL Orlando - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/14/2019 - CO Co. Springs - Mercy Me
11/14/2019 - IL - Peoria - Tobymac
11/14/2019 - GA - Atlanta Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/15/2019 - TN - Knoxville - Tobymac
11/16/2019 - OH Columbus - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/17/2019 - FL - Jacksonville Newsboys – Greatness of Our God Tour
11/21/2019 - DC Washington - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/22/2019 - MA Boston - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
11/23/2019 - CT Hartford - Hillsong Worship USA - Casting Crowns
01/10/2020 - FL Jacksonville - Winter Jam 2020
01/11/2020 - FL Tampa - Winter Jam 2020
01/12/2020 - AL Mobile - Winter Jam 2020
01/16/2020 - PA Reading - Winter Jam 2020
01/17/2020 - PA Pittsburgh - Winter Jam 2020
01/18/2020 - IN Indianapolis - Winter Jam 2020
01/19/2020 - MI Grand Rapids Winter Jam 2020
01/23/2020 - IA Des Moines - Winter Jam 2020
01/24/2020 - MO Kansas City Winter Jam 2020
01/25/2020 - AR N. Little Rock Winter Jam 2020
01/26/2020 - MS Tupelo - Winter Jam 2020
01/30/2020 - IN Evansville - Winter Jam 2020
01/31/2020 - TN Nashville - Winter Jam 2020
02/01/2020 - GA Atlanta - Winter Jam 2020
02/06/2020 - IL Peoria - Winter Jam 2020
02/07/2020 - KS Wichita - Winter Jam 2020
02/08/2020 - OK Tulsa - Winter Jam 2020
02/09/2020 - MO St. Louis - Winter Jam 2020
02/14/2020 - TN Knoxville - Winter Jam 2020
02/15/2020 - NC Greensboro Winter Jam 2020
02/16/2020 - AL Birmingham Winter Jam 2020
02/20/2020 - IN Ft. Wayne Winter Jam 2020
02/21/2020 - WV Charleston - Winter Jam 2020
02/22/2020 - OH Columbus - Winter Jam 2020
02/28/2020 - LA Bossier - City Winter Jam 2020
02/29/2020 - OK Oklahoma City - Winter Jam 2020
03/01/2020 - MO Springfield - Winter Jam 2020
03/07/2020 - KY Lexington - Winter Jam 2020
03/08/2020 - SC Columbia - Winter Jam 2020
03/12/2020 - KY Louisville - Winter Jam 2020
03/13/2020 - IL Hoffman Estates - Winter Jam 2020
03/14/2020 - OH Cincinnati - Winter Jam 2020
03/15/2020 - TN Chattanooga - Winter Jam 2020
03/20/2019 - SC Greenville - Winter Jam 2020
03/21/2020 - NC Charlotte - Winter Jam 2020
03/22/2020 - NC Raleigh - Winter Jam 2020
03/27/2020 - VA Norfolk - Winter Jam 2020
03/28/2020 - PA State College Winter Jam 2020
03/29/2020 - OH Cleveland - Winter Jam 2020

Tabling

11/09/2019 - GA Duluth - Atlanta Veg Fest 2019
11/10/2019 - AZ Tucson VegOut! - Tucson Vegan Food Festival 2019


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