Sunday, February 26, 2012

Talk to the Animals

It’s amazing how heresy hunters will fault-find the silliest little things. A few months ago while John Crowder was speaking at a conference in England, a group stood outside protesting various things he has said and done. One thing they didn’t like was John encouraging people to talk to animals. The protesters apparently forgot about Balaam and his donkey in Numbers 22. In verse 30 of that chapter, the donkey talked back. Scandalous!

One could assume the animals in the Garden of Eden talked before the fall of man. After all, Eve conversed with the serpent in Genesis 3. Some people might also think of birds that talk today like parrots and mynas. But these creatures simply mimic words taught to them. 

There are animals in heaven. Some people believe they will see their deceased pets there. Of course, that is open to speculation. Nevertheless, the Book of Revelation mentions Jesus and His saints riding to earth on white horses and also describes beings that don't exist on earth like the ones that have eyes that see in every direction.  How would you like to have a pet like that? Perhaps this creature is God's guard dog.

God gave man dominion over all animals. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with people talking to them whether they are our own pets or in the wild. Of course, I would be shocked if one ever talked back to me. But I wouldn’t run away. I would listen in case God chose to use that animal to say something to me.

“Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal.  And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.  The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.” - Revelation 4:6-7

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