The lack of content resulting from the erroneous teachings spread by the large churches must be filled with more and more imaginative rituals. There is already a trend towards the spiritually accompanied burial of animals. If one would only let go of the spiritism of the “immortal soul”, the whole construct would collapse like a house of cards.
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Churches are becoming more and more imaginative
The churches from the Catholic and Protestant guilds now have all sorts of absurdities on offer for people. While the Roman Catholic Church can now look back on a tradition of around 1,700 years of strange rituals, ceremonies and beliefs, the Protestant Church seems to have some catching up to do.
In fact, the once Protestant institutions are much more flexible in their development of fantastic aspects of faith than their found mother in Rome, because the infallibility of any teachings raised as dogmas has not yet been part of the Protestant self-image. Therefore, new “faith orientations” can easily collide with the previous ones without this giving the clergy any stomach ache.
Spiritually assisted animal burials
Recent achievements also include the spiritual burial of pets. Beloved dogs, cats, canaries, hamsters, guinea pigs and other animals that can be kept as pets should be able to be buried with spiritual support. Commercial animal burials now cooperate with the local church. A process that is definitely in the “sign of the times”. One of the arguments is that animal burials were found around 12,000 years ago. Animals as grave goods for the deceased as their companions in the afterlife.
So one can also understand that there is a lack of understanding of these other peculiarities in the church area. But those who take action against these practices and thereby take up the cause of Christianity should also argue according to the gospel, and not counter them with alternative fantasy stories. The theologian, educator and former teacher Magdalene Gmehlin complains in the Catholic magazine “Die Tagespost” about the burial of pets by clergy.
She describes herself as a “tried and tested animal lover” and “strongly rejects such misconduct.” The author emphasizes in a side note that these funerals are of course carried out “for good money”.
Their main argument against spiritually accompanied animal burial is the trivialization, blurring, and even denial of the significant difference between human and animal souls.
The justification takes some time
But instead of backing up this reasoning with Scripture, the author continues with “delicious tales of the friendship between the saints and their animals.”
As evidence, the poet uses the comments about the Anglo-Saxon “saint” Cuthbert v. Melrose (died 687AD) followed, followed by a “blessed” Brigid, who called down wild ducks from the sky and released them into the air after being petted. A story by J.G. Lemoyne, in which Don Bosco was “mysteriously” protected by a huge dog. St. Gallus commanded a bear and the abbot Gerasimus helped a lion back to health. A grateful hyena gave a sheepskin to St. Macarius of Alexandria.
Even the poorest of street dogs, if treated with understanding, can, to a certain extent, share in the “mental and emotional state of their master,” according to the author.
The justification is completely absent
It may be that many of these stories can move the reader to tears, but there is no connection between the spiritual accompaniments of an animal burial, let alone a substantiation for their rejection. The author vehemently rejects this type of burial for theological reasons and then begins to tell some touching fables, legends and fairy tales. One could of course handle it this way, for example, by completely rejecting the Eucharist as blasphemy (more Info), only to then talk about the contents of a Brothers Grimm collection.
Catholic theology advocates animal burial
But the suspicion that the spiritually accompanied animal burials were exclusively Protestant aberrations must be disabused. A Catholic so-called moral theologian, Michael Rosenberger, even goes one step further and calls it by its name. He could also imagine “Christian animal burials”. Central elements such as those in a traditional funeral can also be used, as katholisch.de (2017) reported. Except for the laying in state as part of a funeral mass, the cross, holy water and the Easter candle can also be used.
Since an ecumenical requiem was recently celebrated for a “soulless” mountain glacier (Info), a church burial of the animal seems almost “logical”.
A single Bible verse clears that up
As far as the reason for the author’s rejection, which sounds very snubbed, is based on the Scriptures with a single verse. And with Ecclesiastes 3:19:
“For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.”
Spiritism is the basis
If the clergy conveyed the gospel as it is written, it would also be clear to the “ordinary people” that there can be no immortal soul. Intercession for the dead, be they human or animal, would be recognized as pure spiritualism. The living human being as well as the living animal are the souls. Afterward the breath of life goes back to God and the body crumbles into dust and earth. No more and no less. That is exactly what the Bible says. All that would need to be done was to shelve the false doctrine of an immortal soul (more Info), which was cultivated and passed on by the Roman Catholic Church, in order not to be taken in by such spiritualism.
Bible verses from King James Version