Be Kind To Animals

I have a 3½ year old tomcat named Moses (he's shown in the picture below, which was taken a couple of years ago after he was caught red-handed shredding a cat food bag that he found in a trash can in the garage) who often sits around when I'm writing, sits around on me when I'm writing, all 14 or 15 pounds of him. At first, it was just sitting in my lap, but now it's often a matter of sitting in my lap with his front legs resting up on the desk, with his paws almost touching the keyboard (he sometimes takes a poke at the keyboard, producing a temporary gibberish 2 or 3 letters in whatever I'm writing) as he watches either my hands typing or whatever happens to be moving on the computer screen. He actually seems to "happy" when he's doing that (the look in his eyes when he turns around and looks up at me is almost child-like), just as he seems quite "unhappy" when I put him down after a while so that I can get things done. And why shouldn't he? Although God granted humans a little more intelligence and wisdom than (the rest of) the animals, that doesn't mean that they don't feel joy or sadness, pleasure or pain, just like humans - which makes any kind of senseless, needless cruelty to animals (such as a local news report that I saw here last week in which some young teenage boys were arrested for taking turns viciously beating an innocent, defenseless kitten with a shovel - the kitten was rescued by someone who was passing by and is now recovering in an animal hospital) a crime, not just in man's eyes, but God's.

They Aren't Just "Dumb Animals"

Righteous people are not cruel to animals:

Animals may not have the intelligence and wisdom of humans, but according to the Word of God, animals somehow know something that many humans don't know, or refuse to know - that humans didn't evolve from animals, but that God is the Creator of all:

Although their potential is infinitely (literally) different, humans and (other) animals were created together, and exactly alike:

Fact Finder: Is even the nature of the wild animals going to change after The Return Of Jesus Christ?
Isaiah 11:6-9
See also Scenes From The Millennium

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This Day In History, September 2

31 BC: Caesar Augustus (Octavian) conquered Antony and Cleopatra (see The Ptolemies) at the Battle of Actium. Some historians consider this date to be the beginning of the Roman empire (see Ancient Empires - Rome).

1547: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes died at age 62. He battled equally-famous Aztec emperor Montezuma in Mexico.

1752: The last day that the Julian Calendar (named after Roman emperor Julius Caesar) was used in Britain and its then American colonies. The present Gregorian calendar (named after Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII) began in use the next day.

1807: The British began bombarding Copenhagen to stop Napoleon from using the Danish fleet against Britain.

1864: During the U.S. Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman captured Atlanta.

1901: U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's famous remark that American foreign policy should be to "speak softly and carry a big stick."

1930: The first non-stop flight from Europe to the United States, 37 hours flying time.

1944: Anne Frank, at age 15, was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Dutch-Jewish girl, famous for her Diary of Anne Frank died at the Belsen concentration camp the next year, shortly before it was liberated by Allied troops near the end of the Second World War.

1944: During the Second World War, U.S. pilot George Bush parachuted out of his burning fighter plane into the Pacific. He survived, and went on to become the U.S. President in 1989 and the father of the U.S. President in 2001.

1945: "VJ Day" at the end of the Second World War. Japanese officials signed the terms of surrender with U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and other Allied leaders aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

1969: At the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), computer researchers made the first working connection between two huge, primitive computers. Some regard that event as the birth of the computer network that became the Internet.

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