Swords to Plowshares

Promoting a faith-based love for all creation.

Do the accounts of Jesus feeding people fish prove that he endorses fishing?

No. Jesus clarified, as he would often do with his many other uses of symbolism as a teaching tool (Matthew 24:46, Luke 12:43), that it was symbolism for his fishing village audience to become fishers of men (Matthew 4:19), that is – teachers of the gospel message of repentance and love (Matthew 28).

Keep in mind that he also prayed for the prophesied kingdom to come and God’s original will to be done on earth (Matthew 6:10). He also taught us to go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41), doing more than is required of us. He even said that unless his followers do more than he did, they don’t truly believe in him (John 14:12), because he goes to God and gives us his holy spirit to guide us ever closer to the true kingdom standard for stewardship (John 16:13), as it was in the beginning (Genesis 2:15, 1:28).

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