Monday, May 30, 2011

God's Paper on His Own Existence


Kurt Gödel was best known as a mathematician and secondarily known as an extreme eccentric. After his death, he became known for something else: creating an ontological proof of the existence of God.

While some branches of reasoning are meant to start with observable phenomena, ontological proof doesn't grow out of earthly proof. What heavenly thing could? Sure, things might look bleak on earth, but there could be other worlds where things always go swimmingly. Or perhaps in this world everything is going the only way they could possibly go, under the watchful eye of a loving God, but us humans are too blind to see that. (Read more ... )

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ottawa Muslim community labels animals as spiritual pets

When a member of the Ottawa Muslim community defines particular pets as having the same nature as human beings, the world takes notice. Also a member of the Christian-Muslim dialogue and the Capital Region Interfaith Council, Abdul Rashid discusses what the spirituality of animals is about. 

Tired Rosie after playing with all her toys.
More than a member of the family. 
"Do I HAVE to say cheese?"
"Our scripture, the Holy Koran, tells us that the creation of human being became complete when the Creator "breathed into him something of His spirit and He gave you (the faculties of) hearing and sight and feeling (and understanding)" (32: 9). God Almighty also gave the human person order, proportion and relative perfection (91: 7). He further gave the human being the ability to choose between right and wrong and face the consequences both in this world and in the Hereafter.

We do not know if a similar process occurred in the creation of other life forms. But the Holy Koran tells us that "there is not an animal on the earth nor a being that flies on its wings but (forms part of) communities like you" (6: 38). Although the objective of the verse is for us to observe the life forms around us to appreciate the workings of God's Plan, it also tells us that all these other beings live individual and collective social lives like us (45: 4). We also know that non-human life forms experience affection, fear and other emotions.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Who qualifies for the rapture?

The Rapture is Right in My Own Backyard, or . . . - Bethwood, CT Patch:

"The Rapture is scheduled for Saturday of this week and I just can’t seem to get excited about it. For one thing, it’s been on the calendar many times in the past, but for one reason or another, it keeps getting pushed back. For another thing, I’ve been told I don’t qualify. By my son."

... Apparently, there are legitimate groups that specialize in post-rapture pet care, since according to most fundamentalist Christian beliefs animals don’t have souls and won’t be taken up with them. This leaves a dilemma for the faithful who will be leaving behind their beloved pets. (Read more at ...)

       

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Voices of Faith

Located in Kansas City, Kansas, is the Metropolitan Baptist Church --- led by the Reverend Baynham --- who discusses the values of animals to man. One of the more interesting articles I have read on the souls of animals, it is well worth the read.
"The Rev. R.L. Baynham, pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church, Kansas City, Kan.: Is this question about animals having souls, or is it about what will happen to our wonderful and loyal pets when this life as we know it, is ended? Our desire is to be able to see our pets that have been good to us here enjoy the same benefits in the afterlife. The Bible has registered on many occasions the value of animals to man.
While I understand this powerful association with pets and while we are created and live in this environment, we are different. We understand that all animals are not the same in their behavior and other aspects. Their main role in the world is to provide for mans survival and companionship." (Read more ... )

Monday, May 02, 2011

Shannon Hill on "Do Dogs Have Souls"

It's best to have the opinion of someone considered either an expert or has hands-on experience to be qualified in answering a question. It's better to have both. Shannon L. Hill Shannon Hill is a writer and speaker who specializes in animal welfare, immigration issues, effective cross-cultural communication, and education. She also sponsors a student club whose dual purpose is to raise money to help local animal welfare groups and to teach students about issues affecting the wellbeing of domestic animals. In her article, "Do Dogs Have Souls," she says"

"I am always blown away by the number of “religious authorities” and followers thereof who insist that only humans have souls.  To which I can only reply that anyone so foolish and egocentric as to actually believe that dogs don’t have souls has never spent any real quality time with one.  If anything, dogs have far purer souls than humans.

It was once believed that “dumb animals” did not have the capacity for emotion.  Yet anyone who has ever loved a dog knows that a dog feels joy, sadness, pain, anxiety, loneliness, anger.  In fact, veterinarians accept these emotions in pets so readily and completely that there is now a wide variety of anti-anxiety medications available for dogs.  Some of them are literally human medications re-applied to the veterinary market." (Read more ... )

Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Review --- A Beautiful World

Unfortunately, most  abused children find themselves as adults, living full lives as animal abusers or child abusers -- with many of them developing into murders or serial killers.  It is a vicious cycle that they consider normal as it is all they have ever known, beginning as a infant.

A Beautiful World: One Son's Escape from the Snares of Abuse and Devotion [Paperback]
...the reason we are here is to save one another … Break the cycle.”  As children raised with insanity they didn't always know that their parents were the crazy ones. They had to steal food to survive, and hide to keep alive. It is a miracle that they survived with their lives, letting alone their sanity. (Book Review)

 (the Kindle version is $9.99, book is $12.92)
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"... it was clear that the most important thing in my life, the only force pressing me forward, was to live. I buried the pain whenever I could and struggled to master every whim of my abusers in order to manipulate the next terrible beating or sexual assault. I tested and strained against the very boundaries of reality in order to wrap myself into a cocoon of a child's imagery where superheroes and mighty angels existed and made perfect sense compared to the agonizing world in which I lived. So often I played around the edge of insanity, stopping short of losing my mind altogether. " (page

Book Description: 

I purchased this 152-page book in a kindle version and once I started, I could not quit reading it. "A Beautiful World addresses the harsh realities of child abuse and stands out in the memoir category as bold and emotionally shattering.

From the beginning, the straightforward prose shows us a brutal world of sadness and depravity. The narrative becomes ever more lurid as the writer recounts in graphic detail the horrors of child abuse. It is a shocking and moving story – rife with gritty realism, hope and the endurance of the human spirit. The reader will find A Beautiful World thought-provoking and, in many places, a genuinely moving experience. The writer draws the reader into his valuable personal insights, providing a firm grasp of the perils and challenges faced by victims of abuse along the road to healing and deliverancee ."

. More information can be found at www.abeautifulwrld.com.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Know the warning signs of dog abuse

         










Signs of Dog Abuse, by dogsabuse.com

"An abused animal will have many factors to consider. Not all injuries are abuse and different things need to be considered. There are some signs and warning signs that you can look for and be aware of when it comes to knowing or being suspicious that a dog is being or has been abused. The behavior of the owner or family members can be one thing to look at.

Other factors include the types of injury and the behavior of the dog. Some things that should make you suspicious is: The owner acts vague and nervous when asked about the injury, he won't tell you how the injury occurred. His explanation of the injury does not fit the type of injury the dog has. Other family comments do not fit the explanation, children or other family members may say what really happened. A history of other pets dying or disappearing in the past. The owner may use different vets to try to hide previous injuries."  (Read more at dogsabuse.com ...)

NOTE: Suspicious types of dog injuries are:


  1. Non-accidental injuries - signs are fractures, burns, bruising, repetitive injuries, internal injuries, drownings and eye injuries.
  2. Sexual abuse - this may involve anal, vaginal and injuries around the penis and scrotum area.
  3. Dog fighting - a few signs are, cuts, scratches, and ear cropping close to the head.
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    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    The soul of a dog

    An anonymous poem
      Every dog must have a soul, somewhere deep inside Where all his hurts and grievances are buried with his pride.
      Where he decides the good and bad, the wrong way from the right, And where his judgment carefully is hidden from our sight.
      A dog must have a secret place, where every thought abides, A sort of close acquaintance that he trusts in and confides.
      And when accused unjustly for himself, He cannot speak, Rebuked, He finds within his soul, the comfort he must seek.
      He'll love, tho'he is unloved, and he'll serve tho'badly used, And one kind word will wipe away the times when he's abused.
      Altho' his heart may break in two, his love will still be whole, Because God gave to every dog an understanding Soul!

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