Tuesday, March 3, 2009
CONSIDER - Man and the Hog
The hog in the live state doesn’t command much respect. His name usually means something bad - “pigheaded’, “greedy as a hog,” “hoggish”. These appellations when applied to people are used to place them on the same level as the hog.
However, in the edible state things are different. We talk of ‘living high on the hog” and “bringing home the bacon.” When the hog is alive, he is frowned upon. When he is dead, he is a welcome dish accepted in most circles He becomes ham and bacon.
But the order for man is completely reversed. When man is alive, he is accepted and applauded. When he is dead, he has very little value - far less than a hog!
Man, however, has an eternal soul. The hog does not.
Man knows life after death. The hog does not.
Man today is preparing for the future of the hog. But he makes little preparation for his own eternal future. How foolish!
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world (all the hogs in the world),and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
If man had a right sense of value-judgments, he would consider his own eternal future far more than anything else.