I totally agree with the above sentiments about animal cruelty. I don't think animals should be exploited by humans in any way, and that includes enslaving them and culling them for food.<quoted text>
Here's a link to a few man made idols that people pray too..
I have never thought of GOD as insecure, although when I read Genesis 6:6, and think of GOD repenting and remorseful for creating man(kind) my heart hurts. It hurts because we have not learned anything in all these thousands of years ~ and I am sure that HIS Heart still hurts when HE sees and feels the cruel acts of others on HIS Beloved Children, and animals.
Have you seen how they torture animals in some countries when they are slaughtering them? Put hoses up their noses, break their legs, beat them while they are down? Do you feel sorrow when you watch these things, or really don't give a hoot?
***RSPCA Australia and Animals Australia have joined forces to call for an immediate halt to the cattle trade to Indonesia after the exposure of the worst abuses ever documented in Australias live export trade.
The investigation, carried out by Animals Australia in March, revealed that on a nightly basis Australian cattle are being subjected to abuse and torture prior to slaughter.
Animals Australias cruelty investigator, Lyn White, said the Ministers announcement tonight of putting his department in charge of an investigation in Indonesia is unacceptable.
This is the very department that has been doing the industrys bidding for decades so no Australian can rest easy knowing these animals are back in their hands, said Ms White.
She also commented that the industrys eleventh hour bid to suspend supply to three abattoirs is a desperate attempt to appease public outrage.
MLA representatives had visited six times in the last 14 months one of the most brutal abattoirs filmed in this investigation. Yet they are now suggesting further training is the solution when clearly they have failed to prevent the cruelty occurring there on a nightly basis.
Even though we protest about live transportation and export of our animals, certain religious types believe that the animals have to be killed facing certain directions, or for some other inane reason. We have tried to train them to be humane, to no avail, as they go back to their cruel and demented torture of our animals.
I hope they ban live export..... but sometimes, our Governments are wimps, regardless of what the majority needs.
Maybe these are the reasons why GOD does not want people idolising idols, they end up with wooden hearts that don't feel the pain of others. There are a couple in here that think it is funny that a young girl was burned to death and laughed about her rotting in the ground.... perhaps it is due to the hardness or the wooden heart affect, or perhaps they are just cruel.
However, to get back to the concept of idolatry, it's pretty simple: God doesn't want competition. When you revere an object you take away reverence for God. To reference a Zen Buddhist quotation, don't confuse the finger pointing at the moon with the moon itself. But as soon as you have symbols that you invest with power or even reverence, like crosses and icons, then you have idolatry. It just depends on how much idolatry one is supposed to be tolerant of.