A series of commentaries by Mary T. Hoffman about: humans and animals and the cruelty inflicted upon them; prayer and grace, and the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives; and the problems that plague our lives in this corrupted world.
I believe that the time for animal liberation according to God’s timetable may finally be approaching. The horror of modern-day abuse of animals far surpasses that of days past, if only in sheer numbers of victims. Instead of isolated cases, abuse has become a round-the-clock, assembly line in factory "farms" and slaughterhouses.
I wonder how all this literal "hell on earth" can be going on with the approval and encouragement of our government agencies. As Howard Lyman puts it (paraphrased): "Washington lives by the Golden Rule: those that have the gold, rule."
Thanks to people who are addicted to animal product consumption and who are fed lies and myths from childhood on, about "old Mac Donald’s farm", along with scare stories about the cause of osteoporosis and lies about the necessity of "high quality protein", ad nauseam, the public swallows the carcasses and pus-laden dairy products that help promote the very ills they fear!
More and more I pray that God will step in and stop this nightmare. The only light I see at the end of this tunnel is God’s word in Genesis, Isaiah, and Revelation (and many other places), and His promise of finalizing His original intent of no killing, death, tears, etc. as it was before the Fall of humankind (Genesis 3). In my opinion, this is the only hope for true animal liberation: when by God’s action, there will be no more killing – period. Animals will not be hunting other animals for food and the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord., as in Isaiah 11:9:
They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord br /> As the waters cover the sea. (NASV)
The father of lies, according to the Bible, is Satan. It is interesting how professing Christians and people in general buy the lies generated by those who keep circulating deceptions and scare tactics. Deception is rampant in this world, and anyone who tells the truth is labeled as being "negative", "subversive", "depressed", etc. Well, there must have been a few depressed, negative, subversives in Bible times, too; they were called Prophets.
It is interesting how Proverbs 3:3 links kindness and truth:
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck… (NASV)
Unfortunately, Frank and I feel that our belief in extending this kindness to all creatures makes many professing Christians and their pastors want to bind a noose around our necks to stop us from telling the truth that is right there in their own Bibles!!!
Isaiah 59:15 states:
Yes, truth is lacking;
And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. (NASV)
In their zeal for position and acceptance by their unholy peers in "churches" led by the "spiritually developmentally handicapped", many of those who have the audacity to "call themselves by His name" (Christian) lead others astray and chase away those who would shine the light of truth. Like the leaders in Jesus’ time they mouth the words of the Bible, but they are spiritually stunted.
Not much has changed since Jesus said (Matthew 23:15):
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte [convert]; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (NASV)
An example of this kind of conversion comes to mind from a newsletter article I read several years ago. A fairly well known evangelist and Bible "scholar" had featured in his front page a story about a convert from animal rights and vegetarianism. By taking away her sensitivity and compassion, they made her a "Christian". How anti-Christ-like!!!
Many of those who preach about the approach of the end times and discuss the "rapture" (taking out of the world the believers before or during the tribulation) may have a rude awakening coming. Perhaps the Lord tarries to give them time to repent of the hardness of their stony hearts (Exekiel 36:26).
It would be well to remember Matthew 7:21:
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. (NASV)
Micah 6:8 says:
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? (NAS)
Notice how important KINDNESS is to God.