There is something terribly wrong in most churches, today, for they seem to promote living in the concessions that God has allowed, rather than in the heavenly will of God. By concessions, we mean that God has allowed sinful human beings to live in the corruption and sinful ways of their own making, that they might learn from their mistakes, while God continually tries to bring humanity back into His will.
For the most part, churches are promoting ways of living in this corrupted world, rather than encouraging their congregations to seek a higher plain. They also try to justify the pain, suffering, and death of this world, particularly when it comes to animals, none of which exists in heaven. They may even recite the Lord's Prayer and pray for, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) However, by their actions, most of them are saying that they don't want it to happen.
People are writing to us almost every day and telling us about how badly they have been made to feel in their church because of their compassion for animals.
They thank us for the Christian stance we have taken to show that God loves the whole world, and not just select human beings, and that both humans and other animals have the right to enjoy the whole of creation free from suffering and abuse.
They tell us about how much they mourn the loss of a companion animal, and how badly they were made to feel by their pastor and church members when they sought their comfort.
All of these things are examples of the hardness of heart that exists in most of the churches, and it is totally counter to the loving, compassionate, and peacemaking teachings of Jesus.
All we have to do is look at The Beatitudes to understand what we need to do to receive God’s blessings.
3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 "Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.
12 "Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This kind of teaching was nothing new. As an example, note what Micah told us:
8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
And Paul joins in and tells us the true characteristics of having the Holy Spirit indwell us:
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Now we have some examples of the sharp contrast – the dichotomy – that exists in the Church, and why Mary says that the Christianity of Jesus Christ has been hijacked.
With this in mind, let’s look at God’s Creation Intent.