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Can Animal Rights and
Vegetarianism (Veganism) Succeed Without Church Support?
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Comments by Frank L. Hoffman 1 Sep 2002
Thank you very much for your candid email about the Church's hardness of heart.
Your questions: "What kind of a god are they worshiping? A sadist? What does that say for human beings when sentient creatures are treated so horribly by the "superior" species? It is socially acceptable to hurt and destroy beings weaker than us?" are directly squarely at the heart of the problem, and both Mary and I have ask them ourselves.
The Christianity of Jesus Christ has obviously been hijacked by those who don't want to live as Jesus taught us to live: as peacemakers, and children of God, who are filled to overflowing with love for God and the whole of His creation.
To be a true Christians, people should strive to have God's love perfected in them (Matthew 5:48), and to have the heavenly will of God done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10), where there will no longer be any pain or sorrow or death (Revelation 21:4).
Mary wrote in one of her Heartbreak articles:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) seems to have struggled with the same concepts, accusing the Protestant churches and especially the Lutheran Church of "gathering like eagles 'round the carcass (sic) of cheap grace' ". In a nutshell, "Cheap grace preaches forgiveness without repentance."
We believe that this is exactly what is going on the churches and in the hearts of the pastors you wrote about.
At the present time, all we can do is to continue to tell the truth and hope that some if it sinks in and make a positive difference.
Thanks again for your letter.
In the Love of the Lord,
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