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Intelligent Observations – 6 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

According to Romans 1:20, all humans are capable of making intelligent observations about the world around them:

20. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Yet most people choose to live in ignorance, allowing themselves to be manipulated by liars who promote cruelty that is detrimental to humans, to other animals, and to the environment we all share. For example, in order to exploit others – both humans and nonhumans – these liars try to convince the public that “animals don’t have souls.” Yet, the original Greek of Revelation makes it abundantly clear that animals are in Heaven. And the Hebrew Bible says that both humans and other animals were created as living souls.

I think that the following quotations are examples of people who sought the truth and “made the connection” that Romans 1:20 speaks of:

“….every animal that walks the earth, or swims, or flies is precious beyond description, something so rare and wonderful that it equals the stars or the ocean or the mind of man…”
– James Michener (1902–1997)
American author and novelist
“Where Did the Animals Go?” Readers’ Digest, June 1976

“Vegetarianism serves as a criterion by which we know that the pursuit of moral perfection on the part of humanity is genuine and sincere.”
– Count Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)
Russian novelist, essayist, and moral philosopher

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