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Jan 15 2010

Cruelty is the Devil’s Trade-Mark

Sometimes in reading a non-Christian book, I will pick up some wisdom that that is Christian.  I recently re-read a book from my childhood, Black Beauty.  A quote that jumped out at me that I would like to share and look at it from God’s Word is:  “Cruelty was the devil’s own trade-mark, and if we saw any one who took pleasure in cruelty we might know who he belonged to, for the devil was a murderer from the beginning and a tormenter to the end.  On the other hand, where we saw people who loved their neighbors, and were kind to man and beast, we might know that was God’s mark.”  Good and true words and right from a secular children’s book.

Anyone who has read my blog for a while or who knows me personally, will know that I have a love for God’s critters and do not deal well with those that abuse or are cruel to animals.  Anybody that does something to young children or animals in front of me best run for the hills.

While God is just, slow to anger, and will judge, He is loving towards His creation, so much so that He sent His only begotten Son so that we may be saved.  On the other hand, it is clear that from the beginning, wickedness, lies and death are what the devil brings to mankind from the very beginning of time.  From the time of the time of the fall, mankind has entered into all sorts of wickedness.  Mankind seems to know no bounds to cruelty to either man or beast.

Pleasure in wicked acts is inherent of a fallen and sinful nature.

  • You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (ESV)

Cruelty is but one trade-mark that displays who one follows.  The difference in other wicked acts that anger God and cruelty is mankind’s view.  Mankind certainly takes a dim view of cruelty and has laws in place to punish this wickedness whether towards man or beast.  On the other hand, other acts that God has deemed to be wicked are in fact, allowed and laws are in place to guarantee the ‘right’ to participate in these acts.

Finding a biblical truth in a secular book demonstrates that God has made Himself known to all of mankind.

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  1. Liz

    i love animals too. i hate to see them suffer. i watched a show on tv and it hurt my heart at how mean they were being to these different animals.

    my frined linda`s cat by the way just passed away yesterday. she is heart broken. animals are such a blessing to us.

    1. Tishrei

      I can barely watch those type of shows — I get too upset so it’s best that I don’t.

      I’m really sorry about Linda’s cat. I can tell you that I know how heartbroken she probably is over the loss of her precious pet. I had a pet potbelly pig for 14 1/2 years and she died in June of 2008. To this day, I have a hard time thinking about her because I miss her so much. I actually wrote a tribute to what she meant to me after she died. If you’re interested, here’s the link to it. I can’t read it still because I still cry. Here it is: You Made an Impact

  2. Liz

    i will read it.
    i had three cats who died on after the other in a three year period. i loved them so i have their dates and names in my bible.

    i thought i would never get over their losses and have a cat again but last year i became the proud adoptive owner of two adorable cats nmaed ruby and emma some time when i am home from dog sitting i will post pics of them

    1. Tishrei

      That’s hard Liz. God gave us these wonderful critters but their lives are so short. Like my sweet Tulip, she was here for only 14 1/2 years and when she went away, she broke my heart. I can still weep when I think about her.

      Oh yeah, post pictures of Emma & Ruby. I would love to see them — and hear about their distinct personalities.

  3. Margaret


    People know when they are being cruel and don’t seem to care about the judgment they are bringing upon themselves from our Lord…. They will care in eternity.

    For now our only pet is a toy poodle, Emily…. She is ten years old now and loves to do all sorts of tricks….. Some of my favorite pets have been praying mantises….. I’ve kept two in the house through the winter…. Normally they die with the freezing weather, but if I find one, I bring it indoors and it will live until it is almost spring….. In that time it will lay many egg sacs on my flowers…. I cut them off and tie them on bushes outdoors so they can go through the normal process of developing.

    I feed the praying mantises raw beef roast — cut into small cubes…. I freeze the cubes and when it is chow time, I put one on the end of a toothpick and warm it up in warm water…. The praying mantis then sits in my hand as I feed her….. They are wondrous little critters.


    1. Tishrei

      Hi Margaret, I spent a bit of time this morning looking up praying mantises. I just love that you do that. I don’t think I have ever seen one other than a photo.

      When I was a child, we had a toy poodle that my mother named Princess. She was the sweetest little dog and traveled all over the world with us (my father was transferred a lot).

      And yes, people don’t think about the judgement they bring on themselves. For each and every action, they will be judged by God on the day of judgment.

  4. Margaret


    Later last night, I got to thinking about your quote from “Black Beauty”….. Such comments were so welcomed and dwelt on years ago….. They were accepted and commonplace….. I wonder what schools and libraries are doing with “Black Beauty” these days….. Might “Black Beauty” no longer be considered politically correct because it is “forcing” the concept of God’s judgment on all people?…. After all, the pc police don’t want to warp young minds…….


    1. Tishrei

      Hi Margaret,

      I never thought about that. When children read that book, is that part just glossed over. I wonder if it can be found in school libraries. There was a day when the bible was in schools and was used as reading material in public schools. Now look at where society is at.

      Eternal consequences for one’s actions is not PC.

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