“You Will Hear of Wars and Rumors of Wars” – But What Happens AFTER? | The Destined Conclusion

While our world seems to be heading into a pit of despair and chaos – there is redemption.

While things around us may seem “doom and gloom” and hopeless, I would like to remind the readers of what’s inevitably to happen.

Many of us who have read/studied the Bible may be familiar with this verse:

“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.Matthew 24:6

And certainly we can see (hear) that happening all around us, especially with the advent of “news” media and the internet – spreading mis/dis/information far and wide to every country imaginable.

And with the press being largely bought and paid for, at least in the mainstream front, we are only told what “they” want us to know – whether it is factually correct or not.

However, what “they” of course won’t focus on, is the light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s where this post comes in.

The Silver Lining

So yes, we will have wars and news of wars, we will have troubles and tribulations, but what comes after all of that? What does the future hold?

Well, for those who remain faithful and devoted to Jesus Christ and His teachings, who have repented and live as divinely inspired as possible – who have learned to live humbly and love their neighbors (and enemies) – a whole different world is waiting.

The collection below is a brief compilation of some glimpses of what will happen (or perhaps is already happening in some instances) and what it ultimately leads to. While most of these are anecdotal accounts, I have added in some biblical references that does, indeed, lend credence to these visions.

Though please keep in mind, I cannot attest to everything that these near death experiencers are relating – if they are embellishing or completely making up their visions, etc. (I would also like to point out the matter of discernment – since I do believe that some people will take this opportunity to push false doctrines – or fall into deception by beings that can “masquerade as an angel of light“.) I offer them here as testimonial accounts to consider – and I by no means am going to say straight out that it didn’t happen. I have had my own experiences that I couldn’t explain and that is what led me to finding the Bible/Jesus Christ in the first place, as well as finding out about near death experiences that have received the same messages.

They are eerily similar – and it boils down to one, extremely important thing: unconditional love.

While Jesus Christ’s reign WILL happen, how we get there is another matter. Can we get there without so much pain and suffering? Will we wake up and change and prepare ourselves and others for His arrival? Or will we continue to plunder ourselves deeper into despair and chaos and violence?

Nicole Dron

“How did you love?”

“What did you do to help others?”

“I was shown that we were at a crossroads. I experienced this in 1968. I was told there would be an unemployment growth that would spread across the globe. Everything was flourishing at the time. I was told about a plague that would spread all over the world. And I was shown everything that could happen on Earth if we didn’t change — and this ‘if” is of critical importance. It’s our piece of freedom in a way. I was shown that things are unfortunately happening these days, as earthquakes, environmental issues, tsunamis, etc. But what I saw, and what worries me the most, is the emergence of unbelievable violence. This violence scared me. We are all somehow responsible for it.

Near-Death Experiences That Predict The End Of The World

Angela Williams

“I remember asking God, ‘How does this end?’ You know what I mean? ‘Is everything going to be okay?’ I had that curiosity. And the light parted and I was shown Earth from above and I saw these silver streaks coming off of Earth… I knew God was showing me peace on Earth… He was showing me and telling me at the same time, and I don’t know how to explain that, but that was one thing that was so prevalent… it’s like the past, present and future is all happening at the same time… When I looked at Earth, I immediately knew that it was peace on Earth that I was looking at, but I [also] knew that it was in the future and it was not in my lifetime. God told me that. He was showing me, yes, it does happen, there is going to be peace on Earth. But I immediately knew it was not in my lifetime.

Near-Death Experiences That Predict The End Of The World

Reinee Pasarow

“The vision of the future I received during my near-death experience was one of tremendous upheaval in the world as a result of our general ignorance of TRUE reality. The ultimate reality is our spiritual reality — that constant, lasting, abiding reality that doesn’t change with the whims, fancies, and vicissitudes of the human world. I was informed that humanity was breaking the laws of the universe, and as a result of this would suffer. The suffering was not due to vengeance of an indignant God, but rather like the pain one might suffer as a result of arrogantly defying the law of gravity. It was to be an inevitable, educational cleansing of the Earth that would creep up upon its inhabitants, who would try to hide blindly in the institutions of politics, science, and religion. Humanity, I was told, was consumed by the cancers of arrogance, materialism, racism, selfishness, greed, chauvinism, and separatist thinking. I saw sense turning to nonsense, and calamity, in the end, turning to providence.

“With this destruction came the destruction of our physical environment, because we were totally unaware of our impact upon physical reality. Along with this great polarization and division among the people, I also saw a great breakdown in love, and that brought a great breakdown of our natural systems. First a hole appeared in the sky, and then the sky broke. The earth began to fracture, to break apart, reflecting the polarization and breaking apart of human society. The sky, and then the earth, broke and shattered as a result of our toxic and polluted hearts. Love is so VERY CRITICAL to our wellbeing as a people, and a lack of it only brings destruction.

“At the end of this general period of transition, humanity was to be ‘born anew’ with a new sense of our place in the universe. The birth process, however, as in all kingdoms, was exquisitely painful. Humanity would emerge humbled yet educated, peaceful, and, at last, unified.

Near-Death Experiences That Predict The End Of The World

Howard Storm

” – Jesus showed me a future in 200 years which was like a paradise. I figured he was serious about that. I did ask him how we’re going to get there and he said, “One of two ways.” I said, “Well, tell me how we’re going to do it.” He said, “The way God wants is for people to come to God and to be kinder and more loving. Of course much more respectful of the planet and of each other and it’ll come about very rapidly… because God is really unhappy with what we are doing with each other and the planet.”

Near-Death Experiences That Predict The End Of The World

Continuing with more of Howard Storm’s revelations, are some excerpts from the following site:

Howard Storm

“When I spoke with them about the future, and this might sound like a cop-out on my part, they made clear to me that we have free will.

If we change the way we are, then we can change the future which they showed me. They showed me a view of the future, at the time of my experience, based upon how we in the United States were behaving at that time. It was a future in which a massive worldwide depression would occur. If we were to change our behavior, however, then the future would be different.

“My friends explained, quite clearly, that all it takes to make a change was one person. One person, trying, and then because of that, another person changing for the better. They said that the only way to change the world was to begin with one person. One will become two, which will become three, and so on. That’s the only way to affect a major change.”

Howard Storm’s Near-Death Experience

Howard Storm

The future that they showed me was almost no technology at all. What everybody, absolutely everybody, in this euphoric future spent most of their time doing was raising children. The chief concern of people was children, and everybody considered children to be the most precious commodity in the world.

And when a person became an adult, there was no sense of anxiety, nor hatred, nor competition.

There was this enormous sense of trust and mutual respect. If a person, in this view of the future, became disturbed, then the community of people all cared about the disturbed person falling away from the harmony of the group. Spiritually, through prayer and love, the others would elevate the afflicted person.

What people did with the rest of their time was that they gardened, with almost no physical effort. They showed me that plants, with prayer, would produce huge fruits and vegetables.

People, in unison, could control the climate of the planet through prayer. Everybody would work with mutual trust and the people would call the rain, when needed, and the sun to shine.

Animals lived with people, in harmony.

People, in this best of all worlds, weren’t interested in knowledge; they were interested in wisdom. This was because they were in a position where anything they needed to know, in the knowledge category, they could receive simply through prayer. Everything, to them, was solvable. They could do anything they wanted to do.

In this future, people had no wanderlust, because they could, spiritually, communicate with everyone else in the world. There was no need to go elsewhere. They were so engrossed with where they were and the people around them that they didn’t have to go on vacation. Vacation from what? They were completely fulfilled and happy.

Death, in this world, was a time when the individual had experienced everything that he or she needed to experience. To die meant to lie down and let go; then the spirit would rise up, and the community would gather around. There would be a great rejoicing, because they all had insight into the heavenly realm, and the spirit would join with the angels that came down to meet it. They could see the spirit leave and knew that it was time for the spirit to move on; it had outgrown the need for growth in this world. Individuals who died had achieved all they were capable of in this world in terms of love, appreciation, understanding, and working in harmony with others.

The sense I got of this beautiful view of the world’s future was as a garden, God’s garden. And in this garden of the world, full of all beauty, were people. The people were born into this world to grow in their understanding of the Creator. Then to shed this skin, this shell, in the physical world, and to graduate and move up into heaven there, to have a more intimate and growing relationship with God.”

Howard Storm’s Near-Death Experience

Covering the same topic, is another retelling by Howard Storm of what the future holds:

Source: youtube | sunfellow | Howard Storm – The Future of the World

Howard Storm

“The world that they showed me in the near future, in a couple hundred years from now, is a world that is difficult for me to understand or accept. There was a – what I saw was no visible signs of technology. If there was technology they hid it from me. Or it was so subtle that I didn’t even – I couldn’t even see it. You know, maybe that’s the case. But I assume that like in the future it would be a world of like high technology, and they showed me a world of, not low technology, or no technology.

Where people’s relationship with God, with the creation, and with one another was so intense that human beings controlled the weather of the planet. Not just for the welfare of human beings but for the welfare of the entire planet.

Everybody in the world was telepathically connected to everybody else in the whole world.

People raised food by simply, I don’t know, meditating or thinking about the food and the food would just grow. Then they would pick it and eat it. I mean, it was, you know, not instantaneous, but just happened before your eyes. I mean, a cabbage would grow from a seed to a full-blown cabbage in a matter of a few minutes.

People lived in small communities. People could move from community to community freely if they wanted to. Most people didn’t move around very much. Some communities put an emphasis on music, some communities put an emphasis on science, some communities put an emphasis on celebration; liturgy, worship. Some communities spent their time on physical relaxation and enjoyment, sports, that sort of thing. Some communities were very contemplative and did seemingly very little. Some communities were very active and sort of like were very much engaged with their environment. Sort of what we would call gardeners. But they were literally environmental sculptures. Making these very beautiful places with the vegetation and the geology around them.

I mean, different communities had different emphasis, but they lived in total harmony with the flora and the fauna around them. In complete harmony with one another. And the main emphasis of every community was the individuals in the community and most especially the children.

When people had experienced what they felt was their full life experience, there would be a great celebration, and they would lay down and they would die. And their souls, their spirits, whatever, would be raised up to heaven. Dying was not seen as a sad thing, or grievous thing. It was a joyous time. It was like it was celebrated as a birth.

People ate simply, dressed simply. From what I was shown there were no possessions other than the clothes on their back and a few simple instruments, like musical instruments or tools and things like that, which were pretty much shared communally.

It was a world that’s very difficult for me to make any sense of it because it’s like, you know, there was great happiness, there was very little suffering, there was no disease because people could heal with laying on of hands, people could heal diseases, immediately.

The only real suffering that they showed me was sometimes people felt a sense of separateness, and the community would allow these people to feel that, but they would pray for that person. They would surround that person with love and bring that person back into the community. So it was – it was possible for people to move a little bit away from the spirit of the community, but they were brought back into the community. No one was left; no one was ever lost for very long. It was important sometimes for people to feel, you know, to appreciate what they had they needed to, you know, lose a little bit of it once in a while.

The Spirit of Christ lived in every heart. Fully and completely. It’s a world that is so complete. Unlike the world that we live in. That, just how can we ever get there. But they showed me that this was the world that God envisioned for us and it’s not that far away.”

I do want to make a distinction here because I fully understand how certain aspects of the above testimony sounds eerily similar to the “great reset” agenda: “you will own nothing and you will be happy.” However, one thing that is a major staple in the eyes of the luciferians/satanists, are their attempts to subvert/invert every Christ-like ideology into one of a twisted, corrupted version as a prideful way to undermine God’s Divine plan and replace His Holy works with their own wicked ambition. Perhaps that is one goal of these “globalists”, in order to place themselves as “God of the world.”

And some may be afraid or disenchanted by the prospect of ‘no technology’, and while I can understand that up to a certain point, I believe that a closer understanding of materialism and the technocrats’ agenda helps those of us who are growing closer to God/Jesus Christ be able to accept this notion without much of a problem; though admittedly this is just my opinion.

Now, to compare some of the above testimonies, I wanted to bring up the Russian prophet Vyacheslav Krasheninnikov, as well as specific verses of the Bible.

This future vision of a “paradise” on Earth certainly seems to be the inevitable conclusion – even if we have to go through hardships and catastrophes to get there. Although it is my firm belief that we have been warned, time and time again, to change our ways from a sinful, wicked way of life – to that of love and goodwill for our fellow humankind.

Whichever way we choose, the “evil” will lose, and the just and righteous, the “meek”, will inherit the Earth.

Valentina Krasheninnikova @1:46:45: He said our planet will be like heaven when our Lord Jesus Christ comes to it. Judging by his description of our planet in those days, it seems that heaven looks just like it. Slavochka said God will replant paradise, and God-loyal people will help Him to do it. Slavochka said our planet will be totally safe for the living, and people will change.

About heaven he said that when the human soul goes there, the first thing she sees is the fluttering beautiful green grass with flowers. He gave more details but didn’t let to disclose them to people.

Slavochka said the Lord will restore the Earth. His Angels will fill the deep sinkholes with soil. Slavochka said the Angels will be carrying huge layers of soil across the sky, and if a human had seen that, it would have seemed to him that the soil is flying across the sky by itself. So they will fill up the sinkholes, the ground will be leveled out, and the Earth will be very beautiful and gorgeous, but different, he said, and people will be different. It will be safe to live on the planet. The water will be cleaned. He said it will be so clear, that every pebble will be visible on the bottom.

People will have other qualities; we will no longer be like we are now. Slavochka said people will not need any transportation on this renewed planet; it will not be needed at all. People will be moving around somehow, I did not ask how, at a very high speed, and the communication we are using now, the multitude of words, will not be needed anymore. People will understand one another perhaps even without words. In general, the planet with God will be safe and very beautiful: the air will be clean, the Earth will be beautiful, there will be no illnesses, and man will stay with God forever. The planet, as I understood Slavochka, will become a paradise.

Russian Angel Youth Vyacheslav film 1 part 3

Valentina Krasheninnikova (Vyacheslav [Slavochka] ]Krasheninnikov’s mother) @2:08:00: “Well, as far as I understood Slavochka, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes to Earth, the planet will be completely devastated. Then it will be restored by those who have survived and remained without the mark of the beast. They will be restoring the Earth together with the Lord. It will be the same way as stated in the Scriptures, “And the LORD God planted a garden”, meaning together with the Lord Jesus Christ the survivors will be planting trees on Earth. Slavochka said that they will be growing very quickly. The planet will be cleaned up and it will be beautiful. The Earth will become a Paradise.

Russian Angel Youth Vyacheslav Film 2 part 2

Valentina Krasheninnikova  @1:37:55: “It’s impossible to stop or change anything. Everything is settled in Heaven.” There will be a lot of angels on Earth soon; afterwards, the Lord will come. It was an absolute reality for him. Present, past, and future coexisted for him. He was able to live simultaneously at all times.”

Russian Angel Youth Vyacheslav Film 2 part 4

And now for scripture references, we have the following:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

“Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”Revelation 11:15

“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.
The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.”
Isaiah 11:1-9

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:3-10

“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Revelation 21:1-5

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.2 Peter 3:10-13

“Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.2 Peter 3:17-18

Will we see this in our lifetime? Some certainly do think so. However, we must always be reminded that: But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”Matthew 24:36

There is indeed a Light at the end of the tunnel. While we do not know how long it will take to get there, this is God’s plan for us which will end the suffering, end the wickedness and strife, end the horrors of abuse and corruption.
 
Now the question is whether we’re a part of that abusive, corrupt system or not, and if we decide to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings. Will we be prepared for when this mysterious time comes and be ready for the Divine Judgement? Be ready to enter this New Heaven on Earth?
 
Or will we mimic the unbelievers’ behavior in 2 Peters 3:3-4: Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?and lose our place in this new blessed kingdom?

I pray every day and night for Jesus Christ to return. And I pray for our salvation and for people to turn away from their wicked deeds and turn to the one true Light.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus1 Timothy 2:1-5

Much love and God bless.

Am I a Compassionate Person?

I learned today, not as much as I’d like to be.

You know, if I were to ask myself this question, I always thought the answer was “yes”. I care about people, I loathe injustices, dishonesty, and corruption; I vouch for the kind, meek, and humble.

But do I really?

If I’m to be honest with myself, the answer is, “No! I cannot say that I vouch for the kind, meek and humble.”

Why is that?

A simple reason.

I eat meat.

Red meat display in a market.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

I LOVE meat. Bacon, steak, porkchops, chicken, seafood, sausage, brisket, turkey, etc., etc., etc. All types of meat, you name it. Even animal byproducts: eggs (which I consider meat), cheese, milk – even honey. And then, of course, you have the multitude of other products that contain these items:

egg: mayonnaise, baked goods, ice cream, pasta, salad dressing, and more.

milk, cheese, butter: packaged foods – like rice, pasta, seasonings, mashed potatoes, etc.

honey: not just used for foods and drinks, but can also be used for: lotions, face masks, lip balm, hair care, etc.

So why is this such a conundrum?

It started from a simple search on youtube. I asked myself, “What does it mean to be a compassionate person?”

As usual when searching on youtube, one thing led to another, and another, until I came across a few videos about how we treat animals. I watched a video from James Aspey – “This Speech Will Change Your Life”, and it certainly was a wake-up call to my hubris of thinking I was a truly compassionate person.

How can I, a person who strives to be compassionate and kind, justify myself into taking part in the meat market to continue and thrive? Even after knowing how cruelly they treat animals?

Well, the answer is, I can’t.

I know some of the counter-arguments:

  • God intended for man to eat animals.
  • Animals don’t feel pain and don’t know any better. Silly.
  • We need meat for health reasons.
  • We need to eat animals so they don’t over populate the world.
  • They’re mass produced for easier and cheaper marketing. And it’s convenient.
  • It’s a way of life. We were raised and conditioned to eat meat. Plus it tastes good.

And each point of these can be addressed with the exact reasons why it’s incorrect or misconstrued.

For instance:

  • (God intended for man to eat animals.) – If one is to take the word of the Bible literally, it is unmistakable that there are passages that will be misconstrued, mistranslated, misunderstood, etc. We have to come to terms that while most of us have been conditioned to believe that every word in the Bible is true, and while a lot of us want to believe in something “set in stone” to trust and have faith in, the fact of the matter is that the Bible being corrupted could be a very real possibility.
18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of prophecy in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and the holy city, which are described in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19
3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3
11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land— not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. 12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.
Amos 8:11-12

How do we know that this hasn’t happened already? Or that these verses weren’t changed, mistranslated, or just completely made up, etc., etc.?

We don’t.

Which is why “discernment”, with or without the Bible’s advice, is a very important skill to develop. Besides, there are plenty of atheists who reject animal cruelty and are vegetarians/vegans. Mostly because of pure, genuine, moral ethics. Which is the key point. Even if we were “allowed” to eat the flesh of animals, one must ask themselves how we would feel if we were in place of those animals: “Would I be okay with another being gorging on my flesh, and killing me in a most brutal way to get it?”

I’d like to think most of us would say no.

And yes, humans were once considered the only conscious beings, (which as scientific research has finally concluded, is false) so that gives us the choice to choose between being an omnivore, carnivore, herbivore. Animals, on the other hand, act more of a natural instinct – (by the way, humans are animals too…) – which begs the questions: If us humans keep giving ourselves credit that we’re the most evolved species on the planet, then why are humans the main pollutant and corruption of Earth? Why are there so many extinct animals thanks to the hands of humans?

…I digress (for now). On to the next topic…

  • (Animals don’t feel pain and don’t know any better. Silly.)Lol. I don’t even know where to start with this one. As anyone who has ever owned a pet, or has legitimately loved an animal or animals can attest, animals most certainly do feel pain, suffering, fear, love, sorrow, happiness, compassion… I honestly don’t know what to say to people who don’t believe that animals have emotions. Instead, I’m just going to show a few videos that might shed some light into it:

If, after watching these videos, one can still assume that animals don’t have emotions, then there must be something wrong with you. 🙁 Please see a therapist.

These videos show the gamut of emotions that animals have, including but not limited to: compassion for not only their own species, but that of others as well (such as the beautiful sweet-hearted dog that was trying to save the fishes by pushing water on to them with it’s nose – and the cat that saved a fish’s life by pushing it back into it’s aquarium. Not to mention the group of hippos that came to the rescue of a buffalo being attacked by a couple of crocodiles), love, excitement, concern, protectiveness, defensiveness, sadness, happiness, etc.

It also shows their thinking process; as when the two adult elephants were trying to save the baby elephant: instead of falling automatically into the water, they were smart enough to go around to the entrance of the water, so as to not hurt themselves. And the primate that was trying to save the bird: used an ingenius method by using a leaf for the bird to latch on to, to pull the bird up.

These are incredible insights into the minds of animals, and, consciousness or not, these animals show more kindness and compassion than some humans. And not just for their own species! Yet here humans are… being so divisive of skin color and cultural backgrounds and religious/political affiliations… I digress again.

  • (We need meat for health reasons.)Yes, meat has a lot of protein, B12, and even fish has the very important omega-3 acids. But these are also vitamins and nutrients that we can get from supplements – that aren’t extracted from animals. And there are many studies that show one can be just as healthy, if not healthier, by not eating meat at all. (Again, as long as you take natural supplements.)
  • I do want to mention on the flip side, eating healthy is a matter of self-control and discipline. Yes, one can be vegan and still be very unhealthy – as certain foods such as potatoes, rice – other starchy items aren’t good for you in large doses. And chocolate… lovely chocolate…

    Plus deep fried foods? Definitely not healthy.

    The point is, one can eat healthy without meat. It might not be easy, especially at first. We’re all conditioned to ignore the fact that certain things come from animals – and it depends on if you choose to be vegetarian or vegan. A vegan lifestyle is more strict, depending on the level you strive for: the strictest vegan will refuse to eat or use anything that comes from an animal, or even anything that has been tested on an animal.

    Thankfully, there are tons of websites and cookbooks that help us with our shopping decisions and substitutions into the dishes we already love. Again, I love meat – cheeseburgers, meat lover’s pizza, I love eggs, the list goes on and on. The question I need to ask myself is, “Do I love the taste of these foods more than I love animals?” My answer is a resounding no. Which means I need to get on the road to changing my lifestyle not only for a clearer conscience, but also to no longer have a hand in the slaughter of billions/trillions of innocent animals.

    And some might ponder, “Well, just because you don’t eat it doesn’t mean it’s still not in demand and that millions of others won’t continue to do it. So why not?” And perhaps you’re right. But just one more person to consciously make the decision to not eat meat might plant the seed for others to try it differently as well. Soon, it might help humanity reach the decision that to kill animals for food is extremely unnecessary in our day and age with as much abundance we have in other crops and produce.

    There are a lot of substitutions we can use instead of meat, such as tofu, soy, mushrooms, beans, etc.
    Vegan breakfast bowl using scrambled tofu to resemble and taste like eggs.

    Source: allrecipes.com – Food website with over a thousand vegan recipes.

    • (We need to eat and hunt animals so they don’t over populate the world.) – Hm… I’m sure this reason is purely altruistic. What do you think?

    The argument that we need to keep the animal population in check is an oversight. It’s an oversight to ignore the many animals that were killed, all in the name of sport – including a lot of large predators that would reduce the population of smaller animals quite naturally. Which would help keep the “circle of life” in a balanced, neutral, food-chain sort of environment.

    If it weren’t for us over-hunting animals, I would say there’s a good chance that most animal species would prosper instead of going extinct due to either the aforementioned hunting, which in turn would take food away from the larger animals, thus perpetuating a shortage of food for them – resulting in them dying out from hunger, and so on and so forth.

    And do I need to mention how many animals have been killed off or forced from their habitat due to the invasion of people building cities, establishments, paving roads, etc., etc., etc.? Or from people introducing a new animal species to an already existing habitat, only for that species to drive out or kill the current one?

    Most of the animal species which have gone extinct are due to human hands – directly or indirectly:

    These Animals Went Extinct in the Last 100 Years – animalsake.com

    And due to the importance of the next article, I felt it prudent to include the complete, extremely long title (I took liberties with highlighting a keypoint in this title):

    Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’: Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’ / Current global response insufficient; ‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
    Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good / Most comprehensive assessment of its kind; 1,000,000 species threatened with extinction
    – ipbes.net

    • (They’re mass produced for easier and cheaper marketing. And it’s convenient.)
    • (It’s a way of life. We were raised and conditioned to eat meat. Plus it tastes good.)

    For both of these points, I want to mention again, just because something is “acceptable” in society, or “easy” (everyone does it, so why not?) does not mean it’s a good idea. After all, in the past, slavery was a normal part of society – did that make it right? NO. In some countries, the practice of child marriages and arranged marriages still takes place. Does it make it right? NO. The Bible has a lot of incredulous rules that today would be considered barbaric punishment. Do we still practice them today? In some countries, sadly yes. But generally, NO.

    We can’t keep using the excuse that it’s “normal” or “acceptable” to justify the actions to continue a certain “way of life”. Besides, who ultimately makes the decisions of what we can consider normal or who gives a nation/country permission to change the laws and decide what is “right” and “wrong”? There are too many government/scientific laws and rules that I believe actually infringe upon our rights as human beings, not to mention the laws “regulated” on animals’ rights. I won’t go into those topics in this post, since that would derail the subject even further.

    In all honesty, I think the most truthful answer one can give as to why they will continue to eat meat, is simply that it tastes good. I can’t say I blame them. Being conditioned to eat meat and the variety of ways it cooks: grilled, simmered, pan-fried, baked, stewed, broiled, slow-cooked, etc. etc., it’s no wonder it’s a hard lifestyle to turn away from.

    Perhaps it’s an addiction of sorts. But after all, it’s not like it’s known for causing cancer, like cigarettes; an actual addictive item. Sure meat can cause some health problems in certain people, especially if the consumption is not moderated, but generally, meat is relatively healthy – and tastes great to boot.

    So the main factor comes down to, again, how compassionate are we? How willing are we to put aside our desire for flesh, for the welfare of consciously aware animals?

    How to Feel Compassion for the Animals

    I attempted to watch a video on youtube about slaughterhouses. I didn’t even last 23 seconds. And I closed my eyes before the first kill. This tells me that if I feel compassion for these animals, as we all should for any living being, then I should not be supporting this “meat market”. I will not post the video, I will leave that for every individual to decide on their own if they want to search it out and watch them. But beware. If you want to look into these, they show the very real and heartbreaking ways that animals are brutally treated and killed all in order to support our taste buds.

    Of course one could say, “Well, sucks to be an animal. I’m glad I’m not one.” but let me propose this:

    During my studies and research and my own experiences, I truly believe in the “life review” that we will all eventually see. Not only will we see the actions that we’ve done in this life, but we will also feel the actions that we have imposed on others, as if we are experiencing it ourselves. Some testimonies even claim that they were given clear instructions on what our purpose is here on this Earth.

    A few examples of this are below:

    “I heard a voice say to me ‘You have not fulfilled your purpose here.’

    “And I said, ‘What was my purpose?’… I didn’t have a clue. I truly didn’t have a clue — how to live, what life was about, what it was to be a man, what my goals or purpose could have been. So I said ‘What was my purpose?’

    “And this voice says to me, ‘The same as every man. You were put on the Earth to take care of the Earth…’ We, as men, are here to take care of the Earth. That’s one of our responsibilities, as men. It was very personal. He said, ‘You’re not to strip mine the Earth. You’re not to pollute the Earth. You’re not to destroy your home.’ And I was being indicted because I was responsible. I was a litterer. I was one that didn’t care about nature or the environment at all. And this was a beautiful home that God had created for me to live and enjoy.

    “And He said, ‘Secondly, you’re here for the animals. They look up to you. You’re the one with the spirit. You’re the one with reason, with intelligence, with the strength to change things, the ability to protect them and take care of them and do for them. They don’t have that ability. And yet you destroy species after species.’ And I knew that I was responsible, partly responsible. I had hunted for sport. I had no concern for animals. I never showed any compassion — I didn’t have any compassion for animals or men.

    “And He said, ‘Thirdly and most importantly, you’re here for each other. And you — this imperative, YOU — I sent to be part of the answer. You’ve just been part of the problem…’ And He began to try to teach me…”

    – Oliver John Calvert ( the-formula.org / youtube.com )

    “EVERYTHING I ever thought, did, said, hated, helped, did not help, should have helped was shown in front of me, the crowd of hundreds and everyone like a movie. How mean I’d been to people, how I could have helped them, how mean I was (unintentionally also) to animals! Yes! Even the animals had feelings. It was horrible. I fell on my face in shame. I saw how my acting, or not acting, rippled in effect towards other people and their lives. It wasn’t until then, that I understood how each little decision or choice affects the World.”

    – Alexa H. ( the-formula.org / nderf.com )

    “You will be responsible for yourself, judging and reliving what you have done to everything and everybody in very far-reaching ways. Very small, seemingly inconsequential things such as the day when I, nine years old, walked through Seneca Park and loved the appearance of a tree. In my life review I could experience a bit of what the tree experienced in my loving it, two little photons of love and adoration. It was somewhat like the leaves acknowledging my presence.

    Can a tree experience that? Yes, it can. Don’t go kicking trees anymore! You do have that effect on plants. You do have an effect on animals. You do have an effect on the universe. And in your life review you’ll be the universe and experience yourself in what you call your lifetime and how it affects the universe.”

    – Thomas Sawyer ( near-death.com )

    Of course we can’t just take the above testimonies for their word. Some could be fabricated, exaggerated, etc. But in conjunction with all of the other evidence – especially videos that show how animals interact with each other and other species, including us humans, it can no longer be denied that animals do, indeed, feel and go through the same emotions that we do.

    And we have to ask ourselves, “What kind of fear and helplessness are these poor creatures going through, when they’re being mass-killed all in the name of our gratification?” “How would we feel, if we were in their place? Seeing our kin brutally slaughtered and knowing that we were next?”

    These are questions I implore people to ponder before they buy their next meat package – knowing that the poor, innocent animal that unwillingly provided it was in so much fear and torment at the hands of the very species that was meant to protect them.

    Not eating animals is probably going to be very hard for most people, especially if they enjoy the taste and it’s a normal part of their family/social life. To deviate from that is going to take willpower, dedication, and a very conscious awareness of their actions.

    For me, I am taking the steps today. I cried watching the brief snippets of the slaughterhouses from the “This Speech Will Change Your Life” video. I do have compassion. As do a lot of people. And just because you eat meat doesn’t mean you don’t. But if I’m going to be the best version of a compassionate person as I can be, then I have to address this issue.

    Again, I hope you will join me in at least considering it. And at the very least, spread compassion and love and gratitude for the people and animals/nature in our lives, and the animals/nature who sustain us.

    Mother cow licking her baby.

    Image by pisauikan from Pixabay

    Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.

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