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Is it really Christian?
Comment by Frank and Mary Hoffman - 9 Jun 2007

Dear Rick:

You're not irritating us, and we'll do our best to answer your questions.

Do you think animals and humans are on the same level of importance to God? Assuming you believe we are more important that animals my next question would be are you pro-life and, if so, how involved are you in promoting pro-life issues?

We're not sure that the correct word is "importance". God created both humans and the other animals as living souls (Hebrew: neh-fesh khah-yaw) and considered it to be very good; however, He did give humans the responsibility to lovingly and compassionately care for the whole of His earthly creation, which includes the other animals.

Yes, we are totally pro-life. We're against war, capital punishment, the raising and killing animals for human use, and the killing of unborn human babies, and all of this is reflected in our writings and ministry. This is one of the reasons that we are against hunting for it is counter to any pro-life movement.

I'm wondering if you are pacifists. If so, to what degree? I have really considered what I believe along those lines and am comfortable with my conclusions. I'd like to hear yours.

We believe pacifism is part of a truly pro-life movement, or we could reverse it and come to the same conclusion. Jesus taught us to pray (in part): "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." If we pray for this, then we should also do everything in our power to help make it come true. And since there is no suffering or death in heaven, we should do everything we can to eliminate as much suffering and death as we possibly can.

Concerning Christ's sacrifice for us, what did He accomplish on the cross? What is required of us to be sons and daughters of God?

To answer this question properly is a little more involved than we have time or space for, but to try to summarize it, Jesus Christ's sacrificial death paid the price for our sins, if we are willing to accept it through our faith and repentance. It's similar to what Jesus told the woman caught in adultery: "Go forth and sin no more". And Jesus told us in Matthew 5:9, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God."

We hope these answers helps.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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