Easter Animals and the Marginalized

Passover begins this week, coinciding with the Christian Holy Week. In both cases, each participant is staking his or her entire life, and entire afterlife, on slaughtered animals, just as followers have done for many centuries.

Animals play a vast and important role in both Hebrew and Christian scriptures. They consistently represent, literally and figuratively, atonement for individuals and nations. God is described as a lion, and a lamb, and a bird, and heaven as a place where lions and lambs can dwell together in peace. A snake convinced Adam and Eve to do wrong. A donkey led Jesus to his death.

Consider Balaam’s donkey from the book of Numbers. She (SHE. God is impartial, at least when it comes to donkeys.) wandered into a field, almost walked into a wall, and stopped in the middle of the road, for fear of the angel that kept appearing to her to warn Balaam not to curse Israel. She also talked to her owner (with attitude, but can you blame her? He’d beaten her all day).

Donkeys can’t usually talk, but the spiritual ability to see beyond what humans can is something people have wondered about animals for many centuries. Just as animals can sense a coming storm, sometimes they also seem to have an innate ability to sense spiritual oppression.

Perhaps that is why they have been chosen to represent justice for the poor and atonement for the guilty. Perhaps they understand better what is going on than we think they do. They were the only visitors allowed in at Christ’s birth, after all. And Adam’s.

Many people have animals to thank. People who would be marginalized from God – on earth as it is in heaven – were it not for the slaughtered goats, doves and Passover lambs.

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Have you ever sensed that an animal you know has a connection to the spiritual realm?

Do you have any other ideas for how animals connect us to God?

How about how animals save people who would otherwise be in danger?

An extra:

Thank you to my dad for this photo gallery of scary Easter Bunny pictures. Proof that not all Easter animals have a connection with the good spiritual realm…

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9 Responses to “Easter Animals and the Marginalized”
  1. Darrell says:

    There are many examples of animals with a special sense or animals willing to sacrifice for humans. Last winter during the record snowstorms that hit the eastern half of the country an Alabama man was out riding his mountain bike on a deserted country road when he had an accident. He rode off into a ravine and had a compound fracture of his femur and he could not get out of the ditch. He had on bike shorts and a wind breaker only and it was below freezing. A three legged dog that wasn’t his dog came by and noticed him. That dog lay against him in the snow for four hours apparently to keep him warm until he was discovered. As it turns out the dog belonged to a family a couple of miles up the road and his name was tripod.

    It is also quite accepted now that animals have a sense of perception on a different level than ours. The military believes this to be true and is currently experimenting with combining human and animal dna in an attempt to create a soldier with the intelligence and awareness of humans and the extra sense of animals. I am not kidding. This cloning project is going on right now and I’m told that it is well along and is having success. Just what we need a killing human/beast without any conscience whatsoever. It that were all it would be plenty but there is more. There is also an attempt being made to resurrect from dna samples uncovered recently the chimeras or man-beasts of the bible. Those who married the daughters of men, etc. You are free to think I’m, crazy but it is they who are crazy and I can cite good authority for this if there is interest. These folks refer to their work as transhuman or posthuman species. They say it can be done so it will be done. Time will tell.

  2. Mason says:

    Interesting article; Thanks, I enjoyed it!

  3. Blanca says:

    Fenomenal Artículo. Me encantó ! Muchas gracias.
    ¿ Tienen página en faceBook ? Saludos.

  4. Tom Millay says:

    Very good article. Animals play an important role in our lives and history. I like your connections with religion. I have lived in Bangladesh and seen the Muslim holiday Eid al Adhar, where animals are sacrificed to assure family members and friends will go to heaven. The larger the animal, the more people it can represent…a cow, either 5 or 7 people; a goat, one person. The meat is shared with the family, friends and then the poor. The Hindu sacrifice goats and sheep in one of their fall festivals. And so it goes…

  5. agatha says:

    i love bout this press.
    just invite everyone to read yours

  6. Oscar Belmont says:

    The article is nice.
    However I wonder always…

    1) Where do they go after the death? Especially if they are so spiritual and sensing often more than us…

    2) Once we human beings had the same 6th sense…where are we going in this man-made pragmatic material world? Is it about time frame shifting? When I was a small boy there was no colour TV. Most of young people nowadays don’t know what a black & white TV is. When I was a young sales man there was no mobile phone. For teenagers or businessmen nowadays a mobile phone is just an ordinary communication tool. What was normal is not normal any longer. What is normal now won’t be normal in the future. What is normal now wasn’t normal in the past.

    3) Why ever do we eat them? …and on the other hand if we don’t kill them and eat the world is going to be covered by full of animals.
    I understand that s fish doesn’t feel pain when is cut.
    But animals feel it, they sense the time is coming and get scared.

  7. Slamdunk says:

    Thought provoking post. Nicely done.

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