Did Abel or Cain Offer a Lamb in Sacrifice to God?

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Did Abel or Cain Offer a Lamb in Sacrifice to God?
Comments by Frank and Mary Hoffman - 10 Dec 2009

Dear Van:

We are frustrated about the same things that you are, but after working in a compassionate ministry for over a quarter of a century, and mulling it over in our minds for many years before that, we began looking for the underlying problem.

We believe is goes back to what we mentioned in our previous email: the loss of empathy and the subsequent hardening of the human heart. As little children, we are taught to love and care for only certain animals, but not the ones we eat, and as a result, this puts a limit upon our compassion. Some people, as you say, are extremely zealous for living a compassionate lifestyle, which we are really trying to do; some seem to be on the fence struggling with this issue, as you seem to be, though you seem to be leaning more toward being on the zealous side; and others get harder and harder until they have very little empathy left, particularly for the animals, and many of them have sociopathic characteristics. It is this last group, that we believe are responsible for almost all of the violence in the world, and unfortunately, they seem to be growing in number.

We strongly believe that we will never have true peace until we make peace with all of the animals. (See: Romans 8:18-23)

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary