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Sometimes people focus too much on Christ's sufferings and not how much he poured out His love on the cross. Redemption by Christ was not so much achieved by how much He suffered, but how much He loved us (CCC 616). Suffering without love has little to no value, or even be senseless. However, suffering with love for your brethren is what counts. You will be ...


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Are there philosophical explanations for why God would allow animals to suffer due to non-human causes? St. Thomas Aquinas has something to say about it! The problem of animal suffering is the atheistic argument that an all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful God would not use millions of years of animal suffering, disease, and death just to create a world ...


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Jesus warned his disciples that following Him would not be easy: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone ...


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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the 'animal cruelty' argument for veganism? I find it hard to imagine that any Christian denomination would take such a stand as defending veganism because of the cruelty to animals issues. Individuals may, but not any Christian denomination as a whole. Deliberate cruelty to animals for that reason only is ...


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No I don't really have references for this I will just answer it by logic alone. The atheist is making quite a few assumptions to make the leap from suffering to no Intelligent Designer (or indeed God). e.g. The Designer's morals are the same as his, and by extension the Designer's desire is to have no unnecessary suffering (from a mortal point of view). ...


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Before we delve into what Malachi and Jude said, remember that two verses plucked out of the Bible can never establish whether a doctrine is right or wrong. These things have to be put into context and many other Scriptures must be consulted before a full picture emerges. Malachi carries on from where the prophets Haggai and Zechariah left off. The setting ...


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According to Catholicism must we all suffer in life? The short answer is yes. 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain ...


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Ken Graham's answer contains a lot of important and interesting points. If you find Thomistic answers unsatisfying, this article mentions two contemporary scholars, Trent Dougherty and Christopher Steck, "who argue that God’s plan of redemption and eternal life may include non-human animals—which could place animal suffering in a new context." If ...


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I am fairly confident you will not find an argument for veganism as such. On the one hand, it is worth noting that animals and humans were created to be vegetarian (Genesis 1:29) and that the New Creation will apparently see a return to this state (Isaiah 11:6-9). On the other hand, God does not prohibit carnivory in this world (Genesis 9:3, Acts 10:13). ...


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