Category Archives: God’s creation

Animals’ unspoken love

Just because animals don’t speak our language, we assume they are without feelings.

But if the animals in this profoundly moving video were human, we would readily interpret their body language as expressions of love, friendship and gratitude:

  • A child nuzzling against the parent.
  • A cat licks the face of a horse.
  • A dog gazes at a newborn baby.
  • A lion and a tail-wagging dog greet each other by touching their paws (1:00 mark).
  • A dog gently rocks the cradle of a baby.
  • A parent dog embraces her child (2:04 mark).
  • As she nurses her baby, a monkey repeatedly kisses her baby on its face and mouth (2:24 mark).
  • A pound dog touches the hand of its new owner after being adopted. The story and full video here.

H/t Kelleigh

~Eowyn

NHS drops doctor who says gender is determined at birth

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Guess all those mums & dads having gender reveal parties are wrong, too.

From The Telegraph: A doctor has been “sacked” as a medical assessor for a government department after refusing to renounce his Christian belief that gender is determined at birth, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Dr. David Mackereth has worked for 26 years as an NHS doctor but was told he could not be employed as a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) disability assessor if he refused to identify patients as being of a sex that they did not see themselves as.

The 55-year-old father of four believes sex is genetic and biological, so established at birth.

He now claims his right to freedom of speech has been denied and he has been classed “unfit” to work for the department because of his religious convictions.And, the medic from Dudley in the West Midlands fears many other professional people of faith could also be dismissed simply for holding opinions about gender that are “centuries old”.

Dr. Mackereth, who registered as a doctor in 1989 and spent most of his career working in Accident & Emergency wards, said: “I’m not attacking the transgender movement. But, I’m defending my right to freedom of speech, and freedom of belief.

“I don’t believe I should be compelled to use a specific pronoun. I am not setting out to upset anyone. But, if upsetting someone can lead to doctors being sacked then, as a society we have to examine where we are going.”

Dr. Mackereth, a Reformed Baptist, started a training course in May to become a health and disability assessor for the DWP.

His role would have meant interviewing and then writing independent reports about the health of those claiming disability benefits.

However, when his instructor stated that reports must only refer to the patient – or “client” – by the sex that person identified themselves as, a discussion took place among the medics about the “fluid” nature of gender, Dr. Mackereth claims.

“I said that I had a problem with this. I believe that gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female. I could have kept my mouth shut. But, it was the right time to raise it.

“The tutor took me aside and said he had passed my comments up the chain to the DWP.

Dr. Mackereth then received an email from Advanced Personnel Management (APM), the agency that employed him and would have hired him out to the DWP.

They explained he could undergo training about the department’s policy, but the DWP had consulted lawyers and was adamant that any report or contact with clients should refer to them in their chosen sex otherwise it “could be considered to be harassment as defined by the 2010 Equality Act”.

The doctor replied that “in good conscience” he could not conform to those demands, and so the contract was terminated between them.

He said: “Firstly, we are not allowed to say what we believe. Secondly, as my case shows, we are not allowed to think what we believe. Finally, we are not allowed to defend what we believe.

By stating what has been believed by mankind for centuries – namely that gender and sex are determined at birth – you can come under ferocious attack.

“If we are no longer allowed to say that you believe sex and gender are the same and are determined at birth, everyone who holds my views can be sacked on the spot under this Act. I’m not an isolated case.”

A DWP spokeswoman said the Equality Act states that it is unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly against a person on grounds of a “protected characteristic”, such as gender reassignment.

She added: “Dr. Mackereth made it clear during his training that he would refuse to use pronouns which did not match his own view of a person’s biological gender. We expect all assessors to handle assessments sensitively and adhere to the Equality Act 2010.”

APM declined to comment.

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A Woman “Bee-friended”

Kindness is NOT Overrated

Elephant rushes to protect caretaker under attack

Human beings like to think ourselves as superior to animals — that non-human animals have no feelings, such as love and empathy, and no moral sense, such as altruism.

Again and again, God’s creatures demonstrate otherwise.

Thongsri the elephant is one example.

The 17-year-old elephant lives in a sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

In a video that’s gone viral, two of her caretakers pretend to fight. One of the men strikes the other, who falls to the ground.

Watching this, Thongsri charges into battle to rescue her caretaker. The elephant circles the man protectively, using her body to shield him against harm.

H/t Happiest

See these other examples of animal love, empathy, gratitude, and altruism:

~Eowyn

Saturday smile: Tiniest rescue pup grows up to be a big boss bulldog

To support Road Dogs & Rescue, which rescued Hopelily, go here.

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Chicken plays ‘America the Beautiful’

Watch and listen to this chicken peck out the tune of “America the Beautiful,” after which the chicken got rewarded with . . . (wait for it) . . . chicken feed. LOL

Yes, Jokgu the chicken was trained to peck keys that are red-lighted, but can your chicken do that? LOL

~Eowyn

Sunday Devotional: ‘For God formed man to be imperishable’

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being;
and the creatures of the world are wholesome,
and there is not a destructive drug among them
nor any domain of the netherworld on earth,
for justice is undying.
For God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made him.
But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,
and they who belong to his company experience it.

We are told in Genesis 3 that our first parents succumbed to the Devil’s temptation to be “as gods” and so ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Wanting to be “as gods,” of course, is a violation of the First Commandment.

As philosopher Francis Bacon explained, what precipitated our first parents’ fall was their supposition that “God’s commandments or prohibitions were not the originals of good and evil but that they had other beginnings which man aspired to know, to the end to make a total defection from God, and to depend wholly upon himself.”¹

¹Francis Bacon, Selected Philosophical Works, edited by Rose-Mary Sargent (Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 1999), p. 31.

And so in their grandiose narcissism, Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s explicit command, and ate from the tree because they wanted to determine for themselves what is right and what is wrong, when God had already written that knowledge “in their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33).

The exercise of free will is not free of consequences. As God had forewarned Adam and Eve, the issues of disobedience were dire indeed. Where once was joy and ease, there would be suffering, hardship, and pain; where once was harmony and order, there would be turmoil and confusion. The control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body is shattered, and humanity becomes vulnerable to the ravages of sickness and disease.

More than that, death enters the world. Along with lives of toil and pain, men and women would eventually die, returning to the ground from which they were first taken, “for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).

The sin of Adam and Eve must have been monumental because it tore the very fabric of the Universe . . . .

Sin — every sin — requires atonement to make things right again.

To atone is to amend or repair (Oxford Dictionaries). The synonyms of “atonement” are amend, penance, payment, redress, redemption, expiation, propitiation, restitution, reparation, indemnification, recompense, and satisfaction (Thesaurus.com).

Who can atone for this monumental sin?

Certainly no human can, given that the sin was committed by the first man who, unlike subsequent humans, was unblemished with the stain of Original Sin (fomes peccati: an inclination toward evil), and had walked and talked with the Lord God.

No human can atone for Adam’s Fall.

Only God can.

And when our Redeemer was on Earth, by raising the dead He showed us that through Him and with Him and in Him, we can conquer death.

We are familiar with the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. But there was an earlier resurrection before Lazarus — that of the daughter of a synagogue official named Jairus.

Mark 5:22-24, 35-36, 40-43

One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Remember to tell the Lord God that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

And may the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn