Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Man Is Not An Animal and Love Is An Act Of The Will...

by Diane M. Hoffmann

I received comments from a non-believer who is reading the book "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today", which I summarize below:

"...nice info on the language and I agree with you on many of the things you point out in chapters 5 to 7, but not always for the same reason...

the problem with sexualizing young girls is not a religious one. It is a natural one, no matter how tight you hold the people back nature will prevail.  Reproduction in nature is one of the strongest natural forces in the animal kingdom.  Another point I do not agree...we are animals like all the other existing animals and we also share the same survival instincts, no matter what you call it: fornication... lovemaking... prostituting... adultery... it’s all the same to nature and it brings out the same emotions and results... even selfishness is a survival act...

Some years ago I remember talking to someone who said she couldn’t do a certain commitment on a certain date because every year at that same time she volunteered her services in a hospital.  She said she had to help others.  I probed a little further and got her to admit that she “felt good about doing kindness” and I got her to admit that the real reason she was doing it was for herself -- not the sick people,  not for god, but just because she “felt right” in doing so.  That person was merely surviving -- it was after all a selfish act.

To me one of the most selfish person I ever heard of was Mother Teresa......totally motivated by the fear of her god.....totally convinced that her soul was saved by what she was doing....her ulterior motive (her self) was really showing.  Last week I heard the pope (the guy with the vow of poverty) from his gold and marble kingdom was giving the message of “sharing” with the poor....

I also do not agree that “love” is an act of will -- it’s a total act of chemicals that blur  reality.  The paragraphs on “God’s standard of living” and “no marriage in the next life” are farfetched fantasies..."

My answer:

I understand the comments from the unbeliever point of view... but I want to just say the following, briefly, which readers already know from my point of view:

1)_we are not animal - we are above, made in the image of God and were given to have dominion over the animals... and we have a conscience of right and wrong...

Psalm 8:4-9 -- “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth”

2)_re doing things for selfish reasons... there are many who don't know God through the spiritual birth, and will do things for selfish reasons and often as a means to achieve Salvation... but that is not God's way. As I say in the book, we need to get saved, THEN we work because we have a burden that comes from God for a lost world.

3)_re the comment about the Pope... there are a lot of rich people who talk the talk but don't walk the walk... that too is not God's way.

4)_re the last comment about "love" not being an act of the will... from this comment, I can see that the reader is mixing the word "love" with "sex" -- as many in the world do --sex has chemicals that blur reality... but love is an act of the will. Here's the description from the Word of God:

"Love suffers long, and is kind;
Love envies not;
Love vaunts not itself, is not puffed up,
Does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own,
Is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;
Rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails"
(language modified for convenience of reading)

5)_About "no marriage in the next life" that is from the Word of God -- not far-fetched fantasies... the next life is a whole different dimension... as we know from physics. Sex for reproduction down here is only temporary for this mortal life.

Matthew 22:30 – Jesus said: “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” /DMH

(Scriptures quoted from the Old King James Bible)


Diane M. Hoffmann, B.Th., M.Th., Ph.D./Th.
Author of "24 Hot Potatoes in the Church Today"
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