Abortion and Animals Rights: The Connection
By Frank and Mary Hoffman - 15 Jan 2011
Thank you for your reply, and like you, we appreciate the fact that we have the right to discuss this issue openly, even if we differ.
We believe the problem with our difference in interpretation/understanding of the term "pro-life" has to do with trying to find a common ground. Part of our understand is Biblically based, and the fact that there is no death in heaven and there was no death in Eden, and passages such as Isaiah 11:6-9 where there is no death because neither humans nor animals will hurt or destroy, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Thus, we look at all unnatural death as counter to life and the will/knowledge of God.
With this understanding of being pro-life we see no difference between aborting a human baby or raising an animal for slaughter.
We used to think of retaliating against aggressors, which included my 6 years in the Air Force (1956-62), and particularly if it involved my family. However, we no longer think that way, and believe that it is better to die than take another life, and rely upon the Lord to deal with both the situation and the aggressor.
Just as parents will sometimes allow their errant children to do something wrong that they might learn for themselves that the patents were correct, and have the children freely return to doing things correctly, so God does the same thing, as the very clear example of 1 Samuel 8 points out.
Your statement of faith sure sounds like your a Christian or a Messianic Jew.
God tells us His will, and what He wants us to be like.
God rested on the seventh day and stated that the day should be holy unto Him, but when humans began naming days, they also set aside the seventh day, which we now call Saturday. There is also something else very interesting about the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy, and that is that it is also the only commandment that Jesus didn't repeat and that was never mentioned in the Gospels. There is much more to this.
See Matthew 22:34-40 for one of the records of what Jesus said about the greatest commandment.
We agree about the translation of kill and murder, but the real meaning is premeditated killing which really goes back to the beginning of our discussion about pro-life. If a person plans to take the life (kill) of another living being, it becomes murder.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary