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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.


Religion – 8 December 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

There are many religions and much is written about them; but what good are they if the believers are not made kinder and gentler toward ALL of earth’s inhabitants, humans as well as nonhumans, by their faith?

There are many who believe in a Creator God who represents the ultimate in goodness, and that the opposition is Satan, who represents everything evil. Then why do so many who claim to be believers in God ignore the enormous, unnecessary brutality that billions of farmed animals utilized for food are subjected to?

Why do they mock and marginalize those who expose the truth and who try to bring about positive change? Why can’t they see that their fund-raising dinners, featuring the body parts and secretions of sentient beings whose lives are a torment, are an affront to their Creator? Why can’t these people see that their hardness of heart reveals how much closer they are to Satan than they are to God whom they purport to worship?

When will they ever acknowledge the truth and admit that they are contributing to a hell on earth? Having someone else do the dirty work and paying to keep it going by buying animal products makes them complicit in this evil.

In the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) Jesus says that among those who are blessed are the gentle, merciful, pure in heart, and peacemakers. Furthermore, Galatians 5:22-23 says that the “fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”

In my opinion, any religion that doesn’t encourage true mercy, gentleness and kindness toward the “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40-46) is a sham and a blasphemy; and it shouldn’t matter whether “the least of these” are human or non-human. True love and compassion have no limits or exclusions.

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