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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 Disconnect – 10 May 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

In yesterday’s Blog I wrote about “selective psychopathology”: treating some of God’s sentient creatures, both humans and other animals, with compassion, while allowing others to suffer horribly for some selfish, unnecessary reasons.

This disconnect is apparent throughout society, including religions. For example, this “selective sadism” is encouraged in churches that promote hunting. Imagine doing Satan’s bidding in the name of the Lord Jesus! How the demons must rejoice over such anti-Christian behavior!

The “fun” of catching fish and hunting opens the door to sadism and can only come from the devil. And, in order to justify the ungodly lust of “catching” another creature, how about this nonsense about fish not feeling pain! As we are finding out, humans and other animals share many genes. Thus, God appears to use an economy of means. We humans, as well as other animals, are protected by learning to avoid pain: if we touch something sharp or hot, we immediately withdraw. Let’s not forget that until fairly recently, it was assumed that human infants felt no pain. To assume that fish don’t feel pain when struggling is callous, and if you’re not convinced one way or the other, it is better to err on the side of compassion.

If we are so superior to other animals that God made us stewards of His creation, shouldn’t our behavior exhibit increasing enlightenment?

Go on to: Making Christians into Children of Hell– 11 May 2006
Return to: Selective Psychopathology? – 9 May 2006
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