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"During the first 1000 years of the Christian Church there were many Christian saints who loved animals. They lived with them, rescued them, nursed them and saved them from hunters. In turn, many saints were helped by animals.  Also during this time, a great number of saints were vegetarian (Many Christians abstained from meat to grow closer to God)." 


Welcome to Animal Apologetics! I put this website together to help Christians understand why many Christians today suddenly have a deep concern for animals, have changed their diet to a vegan diet and are now preaching what appears to be the Gospel of animal compassion, if you will. Christians who have experienced this conversion each have their own story to tell. Each conversion story is unique.


The vegan movement had nothing to do with my conversion. I had been reflecting on the meaning of Christian love, the beautiful aspects of God's love, for over 15 years. I had a pretty good grasp on the principles of Christian love and was very close to God. In 2015 I rescued a stray kitten. I, a Christian under grace and filled with the love of God viewed this kitten through the love of God. I had never viewed an animal through the love of God before. It was clear and understood that God loved this cat through me, and loved me through this little cat. When my friend from India sent me a video about the mistreatment of cows in the dairy industry, I understood that I could no longer eat meat. This video was about saying no to dairy, not meat, but I was able to make the connection and God's Spirit brought about my conversion. A few months before this I had cried out to God, tears and all, to help me make healthy choices. I ate out a lot and felt very unhealthy. I was overweight, I had hypertension and high cholesterol too, even while on medication. God changed all of this with my new diet, which I call "the Garden of Eden diet" based on (Genesis 1:29). Today my health is good. I'm no longer on medication, and I'm slender. I'm no longer carrying around extra pounds.


I invite you to use this website to become more informed, to understand Christians who have experienced this "return to Eden" conversion. A lot of them call themselves "vegan." Don't hold that against them, but try to understand them instead. Christians like me don't want to argue with you, or Scripture battle with you. So many Christians have come to me with Scripture to try to convince me to return to eating animals, to try to convince me that what I'm doing is not Christian. Most of these Christians are not informed on this topic, or are indifferent to the animal abuse and cruelty that is widely accepted in the world today. I've included many informative videos on my video page. I invite you to watch or listen to these videos. You will learn how Christians from different walks of life have been impacted by this profound change.


I don't describe myself as a vegan, unless I need to. I  prefer to describe myself as a Biblical vegetarian. I am a conservative, pro-life Christian. I believe in Jesus and remain prayerful on a daily basis. In 2016, I shared with a priest that I was on a plant diet because of how animals are treated in factory farms. He told me that I had "returned to Eden." He encouraged me to continue doing what I was doing. He told me that I was doing a good thing.


I hope you find this website helpful and informative. I've included many resources (talks, book recommendations, articles). I also hope that you make a decision to improve your health and to be kind to God's animals. No pressure. I want you to be informed above all and to make a decision when you are ready. I encourage you to bring it to God in prayer.~John L. Banda


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*Animal apologetics is a term I use to describe the Christian defense of God's animals in a world where animals are oppressed, abused and exploited by Christians.  An animal apologist is a Christian who speaks out, defends and protects God's animals. ~John L. Banda

*Biblical Vegetarian is a term that describes a person who participates in the diet prescribed by God in Genesis 1:29. It is the diet given to mankind before sin entered the world. Some Christians identify with the term "vegan," which is acceptable as long as the reason for being vegan is Biblical.

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David L. Clough is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester. He recently completed a landmark two-volume theological project "On Animals": Volume I: Systematic Theology, and Volume II: Theological Ethics. Throughout June, Professor Clough is speaking in a number of venues in Australia and New Zealand.

 

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A Message for"Christian Vegans."


"Animal apologetics" is a term I use to describe the Christian defense of God's animals in a world where animals are oppressed, abused and exploited by Christians. When discussing this topic with other Christians it's important that we use Biblical language, and not secular language.....

 

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