Does "every" animal die via disease, predation, infection, etc.? Yes.
So, you're saying that NONE are virtually healthy before they meet their end in slaughterhouses, or due to experimentation, testing, and/or the like (you know... the "human" disease...), dear Cofty (peace to you!)? I realize that you might be including such under "predation" but I would challenge the accuracy of that given that nothing's really hunted or stalked under such circumstances... but pretty much just bred into captivity (no chance to even try and avoid being eaten - you know, no where to run, no where to hide). And what of those who live out their life expectancy (unless you're counting old age as a "disease"... which I mistook, my apologies...).
Don't some (most) die naturally. No
Hmmmm... are we counting insects in this tally? Because while it's true that a lot of small animals "prey" on things like flies, methinks a whole lot of THEM just fall "victim" to their, what is it, 24-hour life span?
So the suffering of millions is a gift from your god so we get the chance to show love?
You know, dear Cofty, I really was being sincere... and I really don't know WHERE you got that notion. That it IS... exists... does not mean that it is either a gift... OR from God. That it is allowed to exist... in order to TEACH [some of us, who might not learn otherwise] love... very well might be. For me personally, it is the lessons that I learn THROUGH it that is a gift. But that's just me. '
But, seriously, how many people have you heard say that because of "what [they] underwent/experienced and learned" from a suffering, they are "blessed", glad for it and "wouldn't change a thing"? Blind, lame, homeless, terminally ill... I have met people in all of these situations who have said that. Perhaps they believe their individual suffering IS a gift... perhaps, even from God. I would tell them, though, that it is not, that the gift would be healing them, if they so wished... and had faith in the One who could grant it. But that's just me... (and no, of course, I wouldn't tell them that if they were "content" in their "suffering" and didn't want to hear it...)
Now I remember how good it feels to no longer have to engage in this sort of mental gymnastics.
You put yourself through that "hoop", dear Cofty... not me. For some reason, you read a... "dark" motive into my Lord's words. Why?
Next time yehusha whatshisname pops by for a chat tell him Cofty says he is a shit
You know the name... and so you should feel totally free to tell him yourself. Just say it - spit it out. He'll hear you, even if you don't hear him.
Again, peace to you... truly!
A slave of Christ,