Hello Kittigate. Not sure what killing a bug has to do with loving God? Even in the Mosaic Law, some bugs were considered good for food. (Leviticus 11:21, 22) “‘Of the winged swarming creatures that move on all fours, you may eat only those that have jointed legs above their feet for leaping on the ground. 22 Of these you may eat: various kinds of migratory locusts, other edible locusts, crickets, and grasshoppers..
Is there any kind of bug that you would kill? As an evolutionist, don't you consider bugs to be a possible relative?
I guess it would be OK to kill one of God's creatures if it was done humanely and not gassed with raid or something. Bedbugs occupying mattresses are sometimes killed very cruelly by heat treatment . Poor things.
But as an aside, and because I'm feeling whimsical today, I would certainly have killed my biological father had I stayed with him. He was busy making me into another him and sooner or later I would have been big enough or angry enough to rebel in the only way I had been taught - with violence. Given his narcissism, psychopathy and anger, that would not have ended well, for anyone.
No need to worry about me tex. :) But it's nice of you to be concerned. Thank you.
My mother and one of my uncles rescued me at the age of 5 and I had a superficially wonderful childhood with her new husband (who I think of as my father because in every way that counts, he has been).
The early years did leave a shadow however, and have certainly moulded me in some very important ways. Trying to make a positive out of many of those has been ... tricky, to say the least. :)
I am glad that you had loving people to make a positive impact on you. I think it shows through the kind way you respond in some of your post especially with those that you disagree with on certain subjects.
Thank you tex, that's very nice of you to say so. :) You'll like the explanation I have - my father is one of the gentlest men you could ever meet and has what I think of as a rock-solid, 'gentle Jesus, meek and mild' belief. I owe him a huge amount - more than could ever be repaid in one lifetime and although I do not share his faith, I can see it's value and the benefits it brings both to him and others.
I lived in a building for a while that was infested with bedbugs. I would get rid of them by pouring boiling water around the edges of the mattress where they mostly hide. Not much use spending money calling an exterminator because the bugs would be crawling out of the walls to reinfest anyway.
Non sentient beings fulfill their destiny whether they die as food for a human, or of old age, or as prey for another animal lower on the phylogenetic scale than us.
Suffering is everywhere. I do not think that the real role of suffering as a part of God's creation has ever been "figured out," but I assume that it too will eventually have the fullness of redemption applied to it as well.
If we deem killing necessary, then we should strive to do it "well" (to the best of our understanding) and perhaps even consider it as a regrettable necessity.
I suspect the manner and reason for which we kill may well be more important in the overall scheme of things than the actual killing, since I think all that has ever been created and seen to be good will somehow be present in eternity.
If you are going to believe in God, you might as well consider Him to be at least as good as the best person you already know.
(And I admit freely of imperfection---I have been known to fully enjoy the death of a mosquito killed immediately after having just bitten me.)
This post was edited by tom jackson at January 2, 2017 2:46 PM MST
Ahimsa means to be without harm; to be utterly harmless not only to oneself and others but to all forms of life from the largest mammals to the smallest bacteria. Jan's believe that life (which equals the soul) is sacred regardless of faith, caste, race or even species.
Jain scripture.. "do not injure, abuse or oppress, enslave or insult, torment, torture or kill any creature or living thing.
Karmic consequences! Being so mean to all the trillions of bugs and other creatures over the ages has disturbed peace on Earth; has caused wars, disease, natural disasters and untold suffering...