I fully understand President Trump’s alluding to animals when comparing the subhuman behavior of some people, such a MS-13 gang members. That comparison is often used in our culture to describe behavior beneath what we expect of humans.
The use of “animal,” however, to describe subhuman behaviors in human beings does an injustice to creatures of God. Animals, by their nature, cannot act in the heinous ways that human beings are capable of acting.
Animals do not kill out of hatred. Animals cannot be the perverted, twisted beings humans can be—those who have given themselves over to demonic influence. Animals are programmed by Almighty God to follow instincts; instincts that enable them to survive. They kill for food, shelter, and survival unless someone provides these necessities for them. No other reason. They are not by nature perverted, evil, or hateful.
Human beings who are perverted, evil, and hateful are that way because we have the capacity to reason, to think, and to choose a course of action based solely on our own desires. Not necessarily on our needs. It does not matter that outside forces may influence how a human reasons and thinks, but ultimately a human being decides how he will act toward those influences.
There is much evidence that disordered behavior, such as homosexuality, is influenced by a child being sexually molested. The disordered personality of homosexuality is not a choice, but the decision to live a homosexual lifestyle is a choice. Just as it is a choice for a sexually disordered personality to seek help from medical and spiritual sources, to leave or to avoid a perverted lifestyle.
The same goes for transgenderism and all the other disordered sexual sicknesses proliferating today’s culture. The same goes for all evil behaviors.
No behavior condemned by Almighty God is stamped in the DNA, because if it were, God would not condemn the behavior. For example, He would never have inspired scriptures condemning us for breathing oxygen, because He created us oxygen-breathing creatures. That would make no sense.
If God condemns a behavior, that behavior is something you can be delivered from. He is not deranged, after all. He is also not evil. He wouldn’t place an impossible burden on any human being, insisting that a human be what he cannot be or do what he cannot do. All the human behaviors that God condemns are behaviors that humans choose to indulge in, which is why all humans will stand before God and account for those behaviors, in due time. Our saving grace is that God is merciful.
Animals are likewise creatures of Almighty God, and they, unlike humans, are bound to their natures. They are not equal to humans; they don’t share a propensity to do evil, heinous things that are characteristic of humans. And God does not hold them accountable for their behavior, whatever they do.
An animal’s killing of other animals, or even humans, has nothing to do with the demonic influences that drive your typical MS-13 member. Animals can’t reason to determine if they hate something or someone enough to brutalize, maim and kill. If they do anything comparable to what we humans do, it’s by natural instinct.
So, I offer to President Trump, and all other people fed up with the demonic behavior of some in human society, that we call these creatures more appropriately, “demons.”
For those familiar with the Bible, we know that angelic creatures existed before humans were created. They, like humans, are endowed with reasoning ability and the freedom to make choices. Some made choices contrary to God’s will and consequently paid the price for those decisions. They were deemed by Almighty God, “demons,” principal of whom is Satan. Humans who follow Satan, knowingly or unwittingly, in my view, are likewise, demons.
Oh, I can hear the scoffers out there, already; those who pay no heed to such notions as “Satan,” “demons,” and raw evil. Well, scoff on my fellow humans, because your day will come.
At any rate, I hope the President gets wind of this article, because being the man he is, he no doubt cares for the animals that share this earth with us, as all of us should. They are not human and should never be elevated to that status, as some people are wont to do. Further, they are not responsible for the mess we humans are in. Their behavior nowhere near compares to the depths of depravity of that of evil human beings. They do not deserve the comparison.
© Sylvia Thompson
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