Thursday, June 2, 2016

Beauty or the Beast

There has been much controversy in the past few days about Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, who dragged a four year old boy throughout his pen and through the water.

Someone in my circle of acquaintances recently said (and I quote) "I'm so sad the gorilla died. I'm sad for the mother and how much guilt and shame she must be feeling for an accident. I'm sad for the little boy who I'm sure is traumatized. I'm sad about animals that are in factory farms and the farmers that feel like it's ok to torture those poor innocent animals. I'm sad about any living thing not treated like the beautiful beings of love that they are. Everyone was someone's baby at some point. It's impossible to look at a baby and think about shaming it for anything or wanting to cause it pain. All of this happens because of a lack of love and kindness. I start with practicing unconditional love and act kind towards myself. It then moves out and it effects every choice I make and every person I come in contact with. If we all did that the world we be a much different place."

This statement provoked many thoughts that have been rumbling around in my head and I would like to share a few.

First, it sounds to me like this person is sad over many things. I have to ask myself "in a world that is imperfect and dark, that is prone to sadness, does she have joy?" And if so, from where does it come?

Secondly, she states, "I'm sad about any living thing not treated like the beautiful beings of love that they are. Everyone was someone's baby at some point. It's impossible to look at a baby and think about shaming it for anything or wanting to cause it pain." So I ask myself, how does she feel about abortion? Millions of babies are caused pain every day. But many excuse abortion away with "it's not a live baby, it's only tissue". Really? So then if a person is pronounced dead when their heart stops beating, why isn't a person pronounced alive when it starts beating? (Doctors start counting from the gestation period when the mother stops having her menses. Therefore, the heart forms soon after fertilization. From the doctor’s calculation of the gestation period, this happens about four weeks after the mother’s last periods. This is barely a fortnight after fertilization, but the heart is forming. By the fifth week of the gestation period, the heart starts beating and divides into chambers. Six weeks later blood is flowing inside the body, and there is an improved heartbeat rate of 100 to 160 every minute. So you can hear a baby’s heartbeat at six week gestation. Read about it HERE

It seems to me that many adjust the rules as they go to ease their consciences. She says, "it's impossible to look at a baby and think about shaming it or causing it pain". Did you know that when a woman has an abortion she doesn't see the monitor screen? She doesn't see the baby being torn apart, limb by limb. The abortionist make certain of that.

And how do we explain child abuse? I strongly disagree with "it's impossible". The fact is, we are all capable of anything if we cast off enough restraint. The bible tells us "our hearts are desperately wicked and we can't even know how much" (Jer 17:9) and "it's the love of God that restrains us". (2 Cor 5:14)

I understand that "If we all did that (show love and kindness) the world would be a much different place". True. Wouldn't that be wonderful? However, if we look at the world realistically, we DON'T all do that and the world is NOT a much different place. It would be nice if it could be that way, but the truth of the matter is is that since the fall of man we live in a fallen state. There is evil, sin, corruption, etc, and the bible says the heart of man IS desperately wicked. We live in a world where accidents happen, sometimes even in the best of circumstances. And imperfection will remain until Jesus returns.

This woman said "I'm sad for the mother and how much guilt and shame she must be feeling for an accident." Isn't saying that the mother of the little boy must be feeling guilt and shame indirectly making a judgment? Perhaps she is feeling guilt and shame. Perhaps she isn't. Even though she is saying she feels sad that the mother must be feeling those things, she is actually judging her. She sounds like a nice person, and I'm sure her judgment is unknowingly. But doesn't her statement suggest that the mother did something wrong? I don't know if she did or not, but I feel it's best for the world to reserve judgment. In my opinion, no judging would be a more true and effective showing of love and kindness.

We are living in a time where there is little regard for human life. The care and preservation of animals takes precedence. We read in Genesis that God gave mankind dominion over the animals (the beasts). When Adam sinned and mankind fell from grace, it was mankind that Jesus Christ came to redeem, not the animals. Does God care about the animals? Of course. Afterall, "His eye is on the sparrow." But he cares more for man and having a relationship with man. That is why he sent His only begotten son to suffer and die on a cross and be raised from the dead, to redeem mankind so that he could be joined back to God.

In Deuteronomy 30:19 the Lord said, "This day I set before you life and death. Choose life." It's an open book test. He tells us the right one to choose.

What do we choose?

 Life or death?

Beauty?

Or the Beast?

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