Nothing like a warm fur to stave off the cold - or at least that is what God thought.
OK, here we are in the Garden of Eden, both the woman and man have decided to challenge God and did what they were not suppose to do. Well, the outcome was a little different than most people probably would have expected. They were thrown out of the Garden. No excuse allowed.
So, here we are, just prior to being hustled outside the gates, God decided he would cut his creations a little slack and clothe them. I cannot imagine the weather was as nice outside the Garden as it was within its' walls. And just what did God clothe his creations with?
Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
Well, we can see from the above passage that mankind thought they should use what was available. So they grabbed some leaves [actually, there seemed to be little else available] and somehow attached them together. But evidently God decided that since they would not encounter the controlled weather conditions outside the Garden as within,
Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Well, here we have the world's first vegetarians being clothed by God in leather (skin without the fur). Although some of you may argue that fur is not skin, skin is simply fur without the hair on it! As we look further in the Bible we find the man who announced the coming of Jesus was also clothed in skins. There were other clothing options available to people, but God chose John the Baptist who wore the following:
Mark 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
Well, here we have it, God has chosen to clothe his creation with skin [fur] and use people to announce the coming of his son, Jesus, by using an appropriately dressed individual.
I could go into Jesus using goat skins in his sayings and wearing leather sandals, but you get the drift. Now let us see what the extremists say.
Leather is the skin of once-living animals and PeTA urges members to purchase only non-leather shoes and accessories. "Every year millions of cows, sheep, goats and pigs are slaughtered for their flesh and skin. (PeTA News, May/June 1989)
"Never buy wool again. Choose only cotton. synthetics and other non-animal fibers." (PeTA News,May/June 1989) [Sheep are embarrassed when they are shorn, sometimes they are nicked in the process, and they get cold afterwards.]
PeTA is opposed to leather jackets. "That's the next step. You have to take one step at a time. It was easier to start with fur." Dan Matthews, Director of Fur Campaign, PeTA (Detroit News, August 13, 1989)
Bob Barker told demonstrators that in Europe animal supporters spit on people who wear fur. "I'm happy to say they run the same risk in New York now," he said. (New York Post, Nov. 26, 1988)
"The fur industry will be the first domino to fall . . . . So what if we put a few businesses under. The slave traders lost an industry, too." Dan Mathews, PeTA (Charleston, W.Va. Gazette-Mail, Jan 15, 1989)
Gee, folks, what do you think these people would tell God about his selection of clothing after seeing what Adam and Eve wore leaving Eden? Apparently the serpent is busy at work today working outside the wall of Eden!
If you continue with Old Testament uses of leather we find in Kings:
2 Kings 1:8 And they answered him, [He was] an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. And he said, It [is] Elijah the Tishbite.
Evidently, Elijah was wearing the fashion statement of the day. Not only practical, but recyclable! Here we have God's representative and you would have to assume he is wearing what God would find acceptable for one of his representatives.
Further in Numbers we find a very, very interesting passage. Here, God is giving guidance to the Jews who are in captivity in Babylon and teaching them how to relate to their neighbors and to God. In the following passage, we find how God, creator of this world and Lord of all there is that runs, walks, crawls or slithers or grows has to say about clothing his people:
EZ 16:10 I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with leather, I swathed you in fine linen and covered you with silk. Revised Standard Version
This is pretty exciting to see that God would use leather [fur], linen and silk! Seems PeTA and God differ again in what should be allowed to be used for clothing material. For those of you who thought you were safe from extremism because you have good taste in clothing and wear silk garments, think again!
PeTA urges boycott of down products because "anyone who has plucked her eyebrows can imagine how painful it is for some geese who are raised for down to have all their feathers pulled from their necks or breasts." (PeTA News, May/June 1989)
"Never buy wool again. Choose only cotton, synthetics and other non-animal fibers." (PeTA News, Jay/June 1989) [Our PeTA friends also stated that sheep are embarrassed when they are shorn, sometimes they are nicked in the process, and they get cold afterwards.]
And for those of you who thought it "was safe to go swimming in the water," and wear silk, I offer you:
Silk clothing and other silk items should be avoided because silkworms "are steamed or boiled alive by the thousands in silk production . . . and it is now a well-established biological fact that silkworms feel pain." (PeTA News, May/June 1989)
Not too scary, eh? If nothing else, we learn that these people would rather use non-biodegradable products and clog our waste centers and landfills with items that will stay there for generations and generations causing a degradation of the environment and a hardship on mankind [not to mention the environment!].
I will just reference one other New Testament passage concerning clothing. It speaks to what the Lord of this earth wore while he was here. Leather sandals. [They did not make Teva's back then. . .] And for those who would argue the sandals were made of a substance other than leather thongs, please refer to the reference on leather strips:
Luke 3:16 John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
It is plain and evident that God has authored the use of animals and insects for our clothing needs. That is not to say we cannot, or should not use products that we create, but there is certainly no moral imperative to eliminate animal use for clothing by the Creator of this world.
Cain did not kill Abel because of what he wore, but because he was driven by evil. It was his way of taking over an "organization and using all of its resources" - financial and otherwise.
Likewise, extremists [animal rights and environmental] today dictate what we should do or not do, eat or not eat, wear or not wear, and, at times, have attempted nothing less than what Cain did to Abel.