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"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.


The Father of Lies - 5 Mar 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

In my 4 March 2006 Blog, I tried to make the point that pretending that cruelty doesn’t exist only encourages the evildoers. Such pretense is the same as lying. I wrote:

“As long as people hide from the truth and live in denial, cruelty will flourish. If enough people stop making it acceptable and profitable for others to do these evil things, the purveyors of cruelty will go out of business.”

The Bible has much to say about lying and liars.

In John 8:44-45 Jesus speaks to His accusers:

44. "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies.

45. "But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.

Jesus goes on to say (John 8:47):

47. “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason, you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”

(New American Standard Bible)

I realize that there are many who do not believe that Satan (a. k. a. “the devil”) exists. The cruelty in this fallen world, and the evil that is so commonplace, is proof enough for me that Jesus speaks the truth when He mentions “the devil.”

In 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “the god of this world” refers to Satan:

3. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,

4. in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

(New American Standard Bible)

We need to stand against the lies of the industries and purveyors of cruelty that cause suffering to humans and animals. Make no mistake, the pain and suffering we cause to God’s creatures who cannot speak for themselves comes right back to haunt us in very real ways: in diseases, in our warring madness, and in the pollution of this earth. Whether or not these people like to admit it, they’re following their father the devil. And this also applies to those people who hide from the truth and pretend that this pain and suffering doesn’t exist.

We need to wake up to the truth and become the peace-making children of God that we are called upon to be.

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