The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from Jo Louise about Our Web Site, Animals, Health, and Religion - 30 Dec 2007
Dear Pastor Hoffman
Thank you for your well-researched web site encouraging Christians to have compassion for animals and treat them as our brothers, God's children. I think Jesus cries for the animals.
I saw a quote recently which said "Heart attacks... God's revenge for eating his little animal friends."
You could also say, "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
When people sow suffering and death, then that's what they'll reap.
Also, I'm so glad to see you promoting religious tolerance: mentioning that there is only one God, so people of other religious faiths are no different from Christians.
And as you point out, Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism also make it clear that God wants us to love and care for His animal friends. Just like Christianity, these Indian religions say that we sow what we reap - the Sanskrit word for this is "karma".
I dream that one day soon people's hearts will soften and the violence against animals and humans alike will stop. Then the world will be Paradise once more.
God bless you
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for your encouraging letter.
We agree that almost all of our worldly problems are the result of reaping what has been sown.
God says that He sees the intent of our heart, and it is more this than tolerance that opens us up to the people of other religions. If these people are loving, compassionate peacemakers for the whole of creation, then they are showing that they are living as children of God, as opposed to a Bible thumping Christian who sees nothing wrong with killing animals and destroying our environment.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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