Care and compassion for others.
From Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1623:
"Yet doe I feare thy Nature, It is too full o' th' Milke of humane kindnesse."
I watched Marley and Me last week. I was unprepared for the sadness at the last half of the movie. I thought it was a comedy. I do recommend the movie to any animal lover but be warned: tears could fall.
I also watched an episode last week on Dr. Phil about "Marcus Wesson molested, abused and controlled his family in cult-like ways, impregnated some of daughters and nieces, and murdered nine of his children one horrible night in 2004."
It was horrible beyond belief.
And you see these sad commercials about animal abuse. Sometimes she sings "In the Arms of the Angel." It really is a sad statement about human nature. These are my beliefs. I believe that all humans are capable of evil. I believe that man was created in the image of God. I believe that Adam and Eve fell by choosing to follow their fleshly desires. I believe that there is a devil that tempts us but I believe that we make the choice. God has made a way to escape temptations but we must look for the way. Not every one is taught this. But everyone is without excuse: "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles."
"Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen."
"Futhermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless."
"Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them." (Romans 1: 20-25; 28-32)
I think this describes our society quite well. Man apart from God can commit atrocities. I am not talking about religion either. Religion has been the cause of most wars. Religion is just a belief that you practice. Mankind loves darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. Turning away from God and being separated from Him has made a lot of evil deeds possible. I am not trying to judge anyone, I think the Word of God has clearly done that already.
I am thankful that not all people turn to darkness but it is sad to view the depths that some have fallen. God help us.
This is what I believe. There is so much more to this life than meets the physical eye!