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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.


Human Benefits from Animal Rights (continued) – 3 June 2006
By Mary T. Hoffman

Few people take seriously the degradation of our planet Earth. They go about their lives, unconcerned – as long as they and their loved ones are comfortably provided for. They marginalize those who care for anything outside their own narrow self-interests by tossing well-worn clichés at them, such as “tree-huggers.”

This self-centeredness reminds me of a Bible passage in Luke, where Jesus describes the attitude of the people before His return:

Luke 17:24, 26-30

24 "For just as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day.

26 "And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it shall be also in the days of the Son of Man:

27 they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

28 "It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building;

29 but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.

30 "It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.

~ New American Standard Bible

Now I want to quote from Responsible Policies for Animals, Inc. on how animal rights will benefit ecosystems and conservation:

“Raising animals for food, using land in ways that harm wildlife, and other human practices injurious to nonhuman animals are linked to Earth’s and humanity’s most serious ecological problems: pollution, global warming, species extinctions, intensifying hurricanes, rapid fresh water and topsoil loss, food shortages, rainforest and wetland destruction, “too many” of some animals where people don’t want them, the spread of Lyme disease, the reemergence of malaria, and more.

“Current efforts to protect “the environment” are failing.

“Basic resources such as topsoil and fresh water are becoming increasingly scarce as the human population continues to grow and technology runs rampant. Raising animals for food – including growing crops to feed them – uses far more topsoil, water, and oil than farming to fill people’s stomachs. When agriculture began, about 5 million people existed on Earth. Today, about 165 times that number are malnourished.

“We cannot solve these and other ecological & conservation problems as long as we fail to establish basic legal rights for nonhuman animals.”

Before I close for today, I should mention how so many “Christians” have sold out to self-indulgence, and delude themselves thinking that they and their loved ones will never suffer because they will be “raptured” out of the Earth at Christ’s return. They seem to think that it is their God-given right to rape and pillage the Earth, since they will not be here to suffer any consequences.

Concluded tomorrow.

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