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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.


“Be Fruitful and Multiply” – 30 November 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

A Bible scripture often quoted by Christians is “Be fruitful and multiply….” (Genesis 1:28) In the very next verse, God tells us what to eat: “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;” (Genesis 1:29)

Humans – with their insatiable lust for domination, cruelty, and animal flesh/ secretions – have corrupted the earth, increasingly causing conditions that result in starvation of other humans that they purport to care about.

Isn’t it obvious that an increase in population that is sustainable with a plant-based way of life cannot be sustained with animal-based agriculture that depletes and contaminates huge areas of the planet? All you need to do is look at the condition of the earth today to realize what a toll human disobedience continues to exact.

Then you have professing Christians going out as missionaries to convert others to their ways – including animal exploitation. They even solicit donations in order to send God’s innocent creatures to poor countries (Heifer Project), spreading their corruption around the world, instead of helping the needy to grow crops as God intended. Isn’t this hypocrisy? To make matters even worse, tons of grain that could be used to feed the hungry is instead fed to animals bound for slaughter just to feed those who are already so satiated with animal-derived products that they suffer the results: an epidemic of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, et cetera.

This is spiritual blindness – not godliness. Jeremiah, who lived approximately 600 years before Christ, said: (Jeremiah 5:21)

21 'Hear this, O foolish and senseless people,
Who have eyes, but see not;
Who have ears, but hear not.'

In John 14:30, Jesus mentions “the ruler of the world [Satan]” and that “he has nothing in Me [Jesus].

Yet people who are truly “born again” are supposed to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of God. Then why aren’t they listening? Why do so many choose not to follow His promptings? Are they instead listening and following “the ruler of the world”?

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