Thanks to Tuesday is Choose Day for this meme:
Would you rather:
1. be responsible for an oil tanker crash off the coast of alaska OR cause a rebellion in a developing nation? That's an easy one. Human suffering is much more preferable to animal suffering. After all, animals are innocent creatures. After the Valdez incident, I've had a lot of pent-up emotion over just what we did to the wildlife in that region. Also, the rebellion would obviously benefit SOMEONE, whereas the oil tanker crash would hurt everyone in the region.
2. get locked out of your house while naked OR throw up all over yourself in the middle of an important meeting? Another soft ball. Throwing up on yourself is the most disgusting, sickening thing I can think of. Getting locked out of your house is something we've all done (or will do), and being naked is no big deal. I think I'd definitely be able to laugh about it later...but I wouldn't even be able to THINK about throwing up on myself without a recurrence.
3. wake up to find your feet have grown two sizes OR hair all over your back that grows back every night? A woman wrote this question, right? I'm a man, of COURSE I'd rather have 2 more shoe sizes to contend with.
4. eat nothing but cheese for a week OR only chinese food for two months? I think I've done this - or at least something similar. I was in the military for a few years, and ate the same food day in and day out at the mess hall at several locations. Who doesn't love Chinese Food? (Well, I'm originally from New York, so maybe that has something to do with it...?)
"That's an easy one. Human suffering is much more preferable to animal suffering. After all, animals are innocent creatures."
That's always easy to say if you don't know the people suffering.
God wouldn't want any of His creatures to suffer, but if the choice was one or the other, animals would be the ones to suffer. Humans are infinitely more valuable to God than animals. We were created in God's own likeness whereas animals are not. We can commune with and talk to God, where animals cannot. Humans are more valuable and should not have to suffer.
That makes the decision so much easier for me - I'm an atheist. Assuming you didn't just delete this message, read on...
Killing a human being in the name of war is something historically the church itself has involved itself in. Remember that we are all sinners, deserving of death. Animals, on the other hand, are not. I don't think God has any problem with getting rid of the 'infidels' - easily definable as being the enemy during a revolutionary war. But killing animals for no reason at all - that's against our 'mission' to take care of the earth. In God's eyes, remember that man was brought forth as the caretaker of the Earth. To destroy nature is against our first given commandment by God (check out his first commands in Genesis 1:28)
Don't get me wrong - hunting for food - that's fine and dandy - in alliance with what God told Noah...but destroying the earth for our own selfish purposes (oil!!!) - that is just terrible.
Modernman - that's true - but remember that it wouldn't be a 'personal' thing - we're talking about revolutionary war....not 'kill your grandmother'
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