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Love and Compassion – 18 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

After reading my husband Frank’s sermon titled “The Greatest Spiritual Gift of All” that he gave in 1992 in two local churches, I was looking through the book Guided by the Faith of Christ by Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. when I came across the following paragraph that seemed to fit right in with Frank’s sermon:

Many people claim that their deepest religious convictions derive from divine inspiration. However, the human capacity for self-deception is strong, and it is tempting to believe that our acquisitive mimetic desires reflect the will of God. One way our acquisitive mimetic desires differ from divine desires, I am convinced, is that divine desires are always loving and compassionate. We can be confident that we are on the right path when others regard our actions as compassionate. Conversely, when people claim that we are victimizing other individuals, we should seriously consider their concerns.

As you’ve probably guessed, “The Greatest Spiritual Gift of All” refers to “love.” And when you stop to really think about it, the most loving and compassionate lifestyle is one which refuses to harm any of God’s creatures – human or nonhuman; in other words, a vegan way of life.

Frank’s sermon “The Greatest Spiritual Gift of All” will be published in the Sermon section of our website next Sunday – January 25th. 

To read our review of the book Guided by the Faith of Christ by Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D., visit:  

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