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Comments by Jay Young - 28 Mar 2006
Hi Frank and Mary:
Thanks, as always, for the quick response! I'm a little tired as I write this, so please excuse me if it's cryptic...it's early and I'm sleepy, but...
Well, thanks for your being honest about not understanding some of my thinking. If you want to tell more and explain which previous thoughts seem contradictory, I would be glad to answer them more fully. The basic problem might be that I need to frame them more fully, to put each of them within the reality about which they were said, so that the truth of each one could be understood in its application.
From a naturalistic point of view, (which is a false view) some would say that everything that humans do, as "animals" or as just another "species", is natural. So, they would say that when we kill animals, when we pollute, when we destroy the world, we are only doing what is natural and normal for our species -- in other words, we are the strongest, and we must live and do what we want/need to do as the natural expression of our species -- and long may the strongest survive!
Of course, this is a horrible idea -- and Christians and many honest others know that we shouldn't be like this, but it is one of the conclusions that Darwinists and other naturalists must honestly reach, if they follow this philosophy to its fullest, which is what Hitler did, and Stalin, and so on. But, this is out of touch with reality.
We, as Christians, as you say, "can and should be above such things." We know that we should be good to each other and to animals and to the whole cosmos; but even as we do so, we also realize that we live in a fallen world and that sometimes, we have to make horrible choices between horrible priorities that arise in a fallen world -- as God also does! This is the same fallen world that has horrible situations that were never originally desired by God, but are the result of our own free (but often bent toward evil) wills. And yes, I agree that most of the problems in this world are from humans (but also from Lucifer and his incredibly capable but twisted and crafty and evil only and only evil devils...I can't forget that 1/3 of the angels rebelled and that they are mighty and deceive entire nations).
Anyway, again I agree, and I hope to make the world a better place, while I wait for heaven and the new earth.
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