Man vs Man
John 15:12 This is my command: Love others as I have loved you.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea, and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.
There is so much in the news media about random hate-filled killings. That is NOT what God intended.
Man is the most vicious of animals created. Humans are the cruelest of all living animals. People kill in a fit of passion, for reasons of jealousy and envy, from anger, from self-defense, via accidents, and hatefulness and just from selfishness.
Not all humans kill, so please do not misunderstand. But so many seem to think it is fine to live to hurt, maim, abuse, to exert their power, control, instill fear, and kill others. I just finished reading a book entitled “Before We were Yours” by Lisa Wingate, and although based on truth, this was a fictionalized version of a family. But it nauseated me that this kind of lying and cruelty existed. I was amazed at the depth of the deceit, hurt, lies and cruelty of Georgia Tann and many of her employees. I’ve read different Christian books lately, showing and telling in clarity, the conditions of living in an adoption center “through the kindness” of others, when the children were abused, lied to, terrorized, and pawned-out to others for ‘adoption” and rarely for the good of the child, usually at the detriment and abuse of the child. And yes, some were killed. I’m unsure why God has placed these stories in my path lately.
So I kept wondering, if this is the human race, ‘How does that make us the highest animal in creation in Heart, Soul, and Mentality, in Emotion—the ones created, who according to our creator’s words, “make them in our likeness” are most closely connected to God?’ How can many claim God, just to believe in His sovereignty, his power, His awesomeness; and then go about and hurt others? AND THIS is NOTHING new! Man has warred, killed, abused and tortured others since the beginning of time. I have seen a lot lately on man’s inhumanity to man. It’s been different bouts of history—the 1100’s, the 1400’s, the 1930’s to 1945, and so on, and certainly I realize it did not start then…it has been since Eve took the first bit of forbidden fruit.
I have a great deal of difficulty seeing how this planned abuse (stealing of children and farming them out as adoptees) kidnapping and keeping a person locked up and abused throughout capture, and on and on….how this cruelty makes us the highest of all animals. And those folks justify this because they think they are “right, correct” and/or entitled at the expense of others. Many think that people belong to them and these people have no rights. They are ”their property…my wife, my kid…and sometimes these people have the “right” to abuse because another is “their” property.
I understand that many abuse because it is their “nature.” But where did that come from? How have we become accepting of this mentality?
It was never “right” to kill the early Christians, the disciples Jesus sent out to spread His message, and it was right to annihilate these people because each “king, leader” felt someone else was unworthy to live, should be denied their land and possessions, should be tortured and killed…. Yet, since the beginning of the first bite of forbidden fruit, man has found ways to punish, and abuse others.
I understand man has been the most violent of animals created, but it seems such a dichotomy to what God initially planned.
No other mammal does this. Those that are meat eaters kill only to eat and feed their young. And yet, they have a more supreme manner it seems than ours. They kill just to eat, survive. It is not done out of anger, passion, etc. Nor do the animals prolong and torture the victims. It is to kill and feed; clean and quick, not full of torture, maiming, suffering.
But besides the FACT, I know we were CREATED by HIM, created in His image, ‘above all the others created,’ (Genesis 1:28), so He could enjoy a relationship with us, I am left stunned at how often, how brutal, how inconsequential life seems to be for many. God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26.
And animals seem to have a hierarchy over us. They do not kill indiscriminately usually. They generally kill for food. They don’t just kill for hides, for ivory, for some other admired part of the animal. They kill to feed their young, the herd, and not to just destroy.
If I find it appalling and awful, I wonder how our GOD, our CREATOR feels. He watched His SON be beaten, tortured, humiliated, denigrated, and finally crucified and all FOR THE FORGIVENESS, FOR THE SACRIFICE, THE ATONEMENT OF OUR SINS—PAST, PRESENT and for OUR FUTURE….Hello, we were not even in the first century AD…2000 years ago, but Jesus CHOSE to SUFFER and DIE for us. I know I am not worthy. I pray mankind becomes more kind, loving, and not the abuser.
I pray man strives toward the hope He had for us, for me, and ‘mybellaviews’ at the time of creation.