Human Values

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Human Values – 27 December 2007

Have you noticed how most people equate the value of something with the price paid for it?

Years ago, I was talking with a woman who was of the opinion that dogs and cats shouldn’t be given away “free” because people only value what they have paid for. She believed that paying even a modest amount of money for an animal would ensure his/her better care.

Another time, I was told about a woman who said that she enjoyed eating meat because she liked the idea that an animal had suffered for her pleasure.

When you really think about it, most forms of self-indulgence share a similar mindset. In the opinion of the hard-hearted, whether it’s the use of furs or showing off trophies of murdered animals, rarity and monetary cost increases the value of the object. This worldliness amounts to an addiction for many people, and they spread their “disease” to others who look up to them and try to emulate their evil ways.

So it’s easy to see why dandelions, for example, because they are common, are considered a nuisance weed. If they were rare, would they be held in such contempt? Yet many children, who have not yet been indoctrinated into their society’s beliefs, see such flowers as desirable. It’s easy to see why Jesus said, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all." (Luke 18:15-17. Also, Matthew 19:14-15 and Mark 10:13-16)

Furthermore, 1 John 2:16-17 says:

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

17 And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever.
~ New American Standard Bible

Isn’t it obvious that God, the Creator of the universe, does not share the same “value system” as the humans He created and who rebelliously choose to follow “the ruler of the world” who is Satan (John 14:30)?
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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