“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
“Wherever there is animal worship there is human sacrifice.”
One of the many fruits of humanism evident in our society is an inordinate attachment to and affection for animals, especially pets.
Humanism seeks to blur the distinction between man and animal. In ancient man-made religions this blurring can be seen in the doctrine of reincarnation which teaches that human souls can become animals and vice versa. In modern times this blurring can be seen in the tendency to think of pets as children and full members of the family.
From the New York Post:
“A third of parents say their pet is their favorite child, according to new research.
Using a panel of 2,000 pet owners, results found that 34 percent of parents prefer their furry friends to their own flesh and blood…
Two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) said their pet was their best friend, while another 78 percent said their pet was part of the family.”
Some of the reasons given for preferring animals to humans is that animals are more understanding and give “unconditional love”:
“Fifty-four percent even think their four-legged companion understands them better than their best friend or their significant other…
“Pets are more than just a companion, they love us unconditionally and make us want to be better people,” said Lindsey Rabaut, Vice President of Marketing for “I and love and you.”“
These explanations show just how deranged pet fanatics are. Human relationships always require a certain amount of compromise, whereas a relationship with a pet can be completely egotistical.
Animals are incapable of understanding complex human emotions and ethical concerns. They can never challenge a human who is behaving immorally or foolishly, so they seem to be “more understanding” than fellow humans. There is no chance that an animal will ever rebuke someone’s sinful behavior, so they appear to love humans “unconditionally.”
God has given us emotions so that we can love him and love our neighbor, both of which require denying ourselves, not so we can isolate and coddle ourselves. The warped understanding of the purpose of our human emotions displayed by pet owners is just another symptom of a society completely given over to a reprobate mind.