The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Family Foundation


Letters and Responses

Letter From Sharon Concerning the Church and Love - 11 Mar 2005

Hello. I have been to your web site and looked around a little bit. I am currently wanting to make the change from eating meat (rarely) to not at all. I am interested though on your Church Standings on other moral issues and wonder where I might learn the most? I wonder what the view is on people who live a harmonious lifestyle but are in a loving monogamous relationship with someone of the same sex?

Is this church's beliefs basically one to protect animals and to love all living things? Or does it have strong opinions on other issues that many church's do?

I would love a chance to learn more.

Thank you for your time,


Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Sharon:

One cannot truly love unless it is unconditional. the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all you soul and with all your might. In order to love God in this way we must also love the whole of His creation, which includes our fellow human beings, the animals, and the environment.

Unfortunately, we don't know of any major denomination that does this, although many people in all denominations do strive to be loving and compassionate peacemakers.

Jesus instructs us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect, so I guess we all have some improving to do in some aspect of our lives, and we are convinced that if we truly seek the will of God, the Holy Spirit will show us the way. This is most likely what Jesus meant when He instructed us not to worry about the speck in our neighbor's eye until we've learned to take the log out of our own eye.

We hope this answers your question.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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