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  1. I see a lot of “cognitive dissonance” in people who proclaim themselves Christian or of other religious faith, yet continue to “persecute” others who don’t believe as they do. These persecutions are in the form of hatred, disdain, and judgements that result in unjust laws that punish people for their beliefs or dis-beliefs that don’t agree with those in charge of law-making. The U.S. is a country founded on Christian principles, but look how far it’s come from anything resembling Christ consciousness.

    People claiming to be Christian, kill in God’s name (those involved in abortion have been threatened and murdered), as do other religious sects in “holy” wars. There’s nothing holy about war. I bet that many Ku Klux Klan members consider themselves Christian. They torture and kill people because of the color of their skin. Wasn’t Jesus dark skinned?

    The only rule I want to live by is the Golden Rule:
    “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. It seems to cover all of our behavior, and doesn’t require a belief in any dogma, any written book such as the Bible or Koran, etc.

    When a serious accident happens, and some people are saved, we hear “Thank God”! But what about those who weren’t saved? People say “Got wanted to bring them home” My housemate fell, and seriously injured her arm. She remarked “Thank God it wasn’t worse.” I commented that God must have been looking the other way to allow her to fall in the first place. She didn’t appreciate that, but didn’t know how to respond.

    In my time on this planet, I’ve observed that most people are unable to think for themselves. This has come from authoritarian parenting, which can be also be referred to as “dominion” parenting. Children are taught “Do as I say, not as I do”. Children don’t learn from words, as much as what they observe. Another great dictate from the bible: “Spare the rod, and spoil the child”, which many Christians use to defend beating their children with sticks and whips. There is a popular book telling Christian parents how to do this.
    Ugh! Not remembering the name, but a huge best seller with the Bible thumpers.

    It’s believable that Jesus lived, and like other prophets such as Buddha, was trying to teach people about love and kindness. His miracles are like those of other people who have healed the sick, given sight to the blind, and raised the dead, but they are reviled as much as Jesus was.

    Jesus loved and accepted Mary Magdalene, a prostitute. According to some historical facts, they were actually married, and she was present at the Last Supper, and became a revered teacher who traveled all over, sharing what she had learned. Many church officials sought her counsel. But these facts have been obscured, and intentionally deleted. Why? We can accurately guess that being a woman may have had something to do with it.

    Women who showed their power were burned at the stake, and persecuted in the name of religion. This is our Christian legacy.

    I do not follow a religion, and if I did, I would pick one that was congruent with my own behavior. Since I like to dance, I’d never be a Baptist. If we’re not raised in a religion, we have a choice to pick one as adults (or not). Many people don’t do this with logic, but from emotions manipulated by someone else.

    If you look at choosing a religion, you would evaluate which one seems your most preferred to give “dominion” over your behavior. Which one will you choose to tell you how to live? Or will you choose none, since you trust yourself to make those decisions from self authority, rather than outside authority.

    Since the Bible was written by “men”, it has to have a male perspective, and serves their needs, since men are unable to have a woman’s experience. Woman are to “submit to their husbands” as if men know what’s best. How illogical is this? Would Jesus put all men in charge of all women, or would men create this edict to serve themselves? Seems like a “no brainer” to me.

    But again, most people have been taught to obey authority (on faith), without question. Only now, it seems a rebellion of this teaching is in process, as the masses begin to wake up to the fact that the “status quo” is meant to keep us under foot and controlled, as slaves to corrupt systems all over the world.

    Many people throughout the world see animals as property or slaves, just as women and blacks were legally considered, not that long ago. I’m seeing some new awareness, but we’re still in the Dark Ages, with evil in control. Wealth is used to wield power and control the masses through media hypnosis. TV is a trance medium that people willingly subject themselves to. I consider it a highly effective religion(control) for the masses. If it could only be used to “wake” people from their sleep, but that wouldn’t serve the “masters” who benefit from the control we willingly subject ourselves to.

    I haven’t watched TV most of my life, because even as a child in the 50s, I thought that most of it was inane. I still don’t have a TV, but pick and choose various programs and movies online. I refuse to be “dumbed down”, and will always question any authority, which recently includes veterinarians.

    “No more groomers, no more vets, no more vaccines for my pets!” I would only take my cat to a vet if I was unable to find a remedy to administer on my own. They are revered as “gods”, like medical doctors were at one time, and still are by some older people. But the “difficult truth” is out for all to know. Some choose not to know, because it would mean that they’ve been wrong, and that’s always difficult for the ego to accept.

    I want to let go of any beliefs that take away my thinking power, no matter how long I’ve consented to be under the spell.

    Thank you Michael, for bringing up points for discussion that include, but may at times veer away from the direct welfare of animals.

  2. The problem with Christianity lies with having too many viewpoints and interpretations. From what I’ve know, God has gave us dominion over animals to make us caretakers over His creation. There are also numerous passages in the bible telling us to treat animals with mercy and respect.
    Examples: “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast… -Proverbs 12:10”
    ““You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain. -Deuteronomy 25:4”
    “You shall not boil a lamb in his mother’s milk. -Exodus 23:19”

    • Hi, thanks for visiting and commenting. If “God has gave us dominion over animals to make us caretakers over His creation” we are doing a very poor at being caretakers because many species are becoming extinct. Also why use the “dominion”? Why not say “caretaker” or “guardian”. “Thou shalt be guardians of the animals of the world etc….”

      “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast… ”

      Yes, but billions of people are not righteous, unfortunately.

      All the signs point to humankind’s failure to conserve the planet and the species of animal on it. Of course the Bible was written a long time ago when people were more ignorant but there isn’t of lot of sensitivity for animals in the Bible.

  3. The Lord our God told me when I was a child that we are to care for the animals and that we should do no harm to them. It is most honorable in God’s eyes to care for the animals in any way possible within our means.

    • Thank you. It is nice to read your words. It is strange, however, that in the Bible Belt of the USA hunting for pleasure is very prevalent. How do Christians reconcile sport hunting with the principles of Christianity?

      • I think it is okay if it’s to keep some animal population in check. Anyway, the closest passage I can find is proverb 12:27 “The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting; But the precious substance of men is to the diligent.”

  4. If his article isn’t biased against The Bible I don’t know what is….how can you allude to The Bible being against cats in general if God Himself is referred to as The Lion of Judah! Lions are cats last I checked. Also before you tell people to not take The Words of God literally maybe you should read it don’t you think? The New Testament has letters from Apostal Paul where he mentions people that are still alive at the time of his letter than witness Jesus appearance to over 300 people after He had resurrected and conquered the grave for both you and me.
    PS – Lastly, your PS says that the Islam faith is kinder to cats, however I say this with all respect and truth, to bad the faith orders the death of anyone who doesn’t believe in Allah, so much for kindness to humans not to mention cats.

    • Hi, thanks for the comment. I am not against the bible. I am for trying to find the truth. The Age of Reason is a fantastic book published in 1794, 1795, and 1807. Written by Thomas Paine. You may know it. It debunks the bible.

      I have read a bit of the bible. I don’t think calling God “The Lion of Judah” means that people like cats. It is more about fearing the lion and God. The word “lion” signifies strength and courage. This is not about cats but courage etc..

      When I mention Islam I am simply mentioning what the Quran and the hadiths say as compared to the bible. How the cat is portrayed in both but I don’t expect people to follow it. People often distort teachings to suit themselves.

      I would say that Christianity has in the past been bad for animals because of the declared “dominion” over animals. This has resulted in untold cruelty and killing of animals over centuries in my opinion.

      • People aren’t cruel to animals because of something God said. People are cruel to animals because they are evil, living in rebellion against God. We are by nature enemies of God. Like our first parents we seek to put ourselves higher than others all the time– we put other people down through gossip to feel better about ourselves, we are racist each thinking his race is better (yes, we do all think that deep down), we claim we are the superior species and put ourselves above the animals to justify whatever we want to do and we, like our first parents, want more than anything to declare ourselves above even God, to put ourselves in His place. This one upping everything, putting ourselves on top, is what we do.
        God obviously meant we were to care for all creation. He put us in charge as a servant is in charge when his master is away. He did make us differently than the animals, but only a fallen, evil being would use those differences as justification for acts of abuse against another. Humans prove the Bible true every day by being exactly what the Bible says we are– rotten to the core.
        Only the eyes of faith can accept the reality of God who would see all we do, yet find a way to pardon and spare us. What would any of us do to someone who hurt our furry companion? God owns and loves all the animals humans torture every day. In response to our cruelty He gave us His Son.

      • Thanks for recommending this book, however The Age Of Reason has long ago been refuted and debunked itself.

        You can start by reading this very detailed rebuttal by someone who actually knows the Bible a lot better than the author of the above mentioned book.

        I’ll close by saying this, I use to be in similar shoes as you in the belief that possibly the Bible was man inspired, however I continued to seek truth just like you stated your doing. And while on that journey I promised myself that I would accept the truth no matter how beautiful, ugly or boring it might actually be, as well as not continue to doubt and find more reasons to justify my sinfulness and accountability to a holy and perfect God. Well my journey brought me to the only truth, which is in Jesus Christ revealed in the entire Bible old and new testaments. God will give you all the proof you need, however some people refuse to accept the truth even when evidence and light is right in front of them already.

        In love and respect, thank you for being kind in your responses. May God lead us all closer to Him and His truth and further away from this worlds ways of “reasoning”. In Christ Jesus holy name! Amen!

        Here is the link to a rebuttal of Age Of Reason;

        http://www.coffeehousetheology.com/age-of-reason-rebuttal/

        • I respect everyone else’s views and thoughts as long they don’t harm others. There is a lot of excellent advice in the bible abut how to live well, even if, for me, it is not entirely factual.

    • It all does hinge on the Resurrection. Somewhere in Acts there is a list of other prophets who around that time had been preaching to the people out in the desert, but no one remembered or talked about them anymore– because they had been executed! There were probably thousands like Jesus over the years who gained a following, were executed by a government fearing an uprising, and were never heard of again, their followers scattering.
      All the authorities would have had to do was produce his body and all talk of resurrection would have been stopped. Roman soldiers claiming they fell asleep on duty? Not likely. The disciples, most of them, being martyred for a lie? They all scattered that night. How did they get so brave had they not seen Him? Could the Romans really have let a victim of crucifixion survive? No, looking at the accounts it’s surprising Jesus lasted as long as he did. Hypovolemic shock was inevitable and the cold air of the tomb would not revive someone in shock. Roman soldiers pronounced Him dead, yet three days later his emboldened followers begin preaching in the name of the Living Christ. There is just no way around the resurrection and if that happened Jesus probably is exactly who He said He was.
      He raised Lazarus from the dead after four days and cured people born blind and deaf. I always wondered how the Pharisees and Saducees could have continued to oppose him after that. They had to have known He was the Son of God, and knowing that still chose to oppose Him. Because that’s what sinful human beings will always do unless by a miracle, through hearing the Word, the Holy Spirit creates faith. Without faith worldly wisdom seems sufficient and the Bible silly. With faith the soul clings to Jesus as the only rescuer from what St. Paul calls “this body of death.” I am not ashamed to say that I cling to this crucified and risen Christ.

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