Dogs, a parable of pets - John Van Sloten

June 24, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat does the presence of dogs teach us about who God is?

“And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.”
Genesis 1:24, TNIV

“[My dog was] unconditionally loving, loyal, faithful, always glad to see me, intuitive, comforting when I was unhappy, sick, etc., protective, and wanting to be around me as much as possible.”
Lynn D.

“What I like best - having a companion that always (even if she is hurt) wants to go wherever I am going but especially bushwhacking.”
New Hoper, Rob Bronson

“God said, "It's not good for the Man to be alone; I'll make him a helper, a companion." So God formed from the dirt of the ground all the animals of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the Man to see what he would name them. Whatever the Man called each living creature, that was its name. The Man named the cattle, named the birds of the air, named the wild animals; but he didn't find a suitable companion. God put the Man into a deep sleep. As he slept he removed one of his ribs and replaced it with flesh. God then used the rib that he had taken from the Man to make Woman and presented her to the Man.”
Genesis 2:18-22, MSG 

“In a society that’s fragmented and tense, in a world that’s complicated and sometimes divisive, and sometimes unnerving, people are turning more and more for emotional support to animals ([support] that they used to get from people and from family and from community, or religion, and they’re not getting that any more), so the dogs are filling
a bigger and bigger role.”
John Katz, Dogs Themselves, Part Three, CBC’s IDEAS radio program

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creatures,livestock,Genesis 1:24,Genesis 2:18-22

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