Cruelty

To be cruel means to be "extremely unkind and ​causing ​pain; willfully causing pain or suffering to others, or feeling no concern about it." Cruelty is defined as "callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain and suffering; behavior that causes pain or suffering to a person or animal; behavior that causes physical or mental harm to another, especially a spouse, whether intentionally or not."

Cruelty, which is behaviour that causes pain or suffering to others, especially deliberately, is a sin. Cruelty is the antithesis of love, and a terrible perversion of the Love principle.






Edna Lister on Cruelty

Intellect, too highly refined and cold, breeds clever cruelty. – Edna Lister, Will, October 17, 1934.

Know that each is in his own stage or degree of development and call that stage good. He may be making grave errors, breaking all the laws of God and man. He may express viciously and cruelly, but if he has not killed that divine spark of soul, he has the chance to lift himself out of the mire to become a worthy son of the Father. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 22, 1947.

It is shameful that any stimulus of the outer can cause you to descend. Law allows no excuse or justification for cruelty ever. It is disgraceful to excuse or justify words or actions. Such training is rigid, and clashes with the self. All practice and discipline, whether physical, mental or emotional will give release and relief. All unlikeness to an absolute pattern will slough, until a self-cauterization takes place within. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 5, 1947.

Saul of Tarsus had been cruel to Jesus' followers, both men and women, based on his religious beliefs. Many have been cruel to others based on loyalty to some Bible verse taken out of context, but they do not know God. – Edna Lister, Your Devotion to God, December 16, 1956.

When one expresses cruelty and revenge, he has enjoyed the role of dictator. If he had not liked it, he would have quit it. When you stop liking a role, you will not express it. When you loathe it, how fast you will lift it! – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1955.

You must clean up others' meanness. Look at them whenever they are cruel and mentally say, "You are good and perfect, and this is good." Speak these declarations aloud when you can. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 23, 1955.

The law of harmony is as inflexible as the law of gravitation, and it does not tolerate laziness, waste of words, idleness or cruelty. – Edna Lister, The 33 Degrees of Soul Conquering, November 3, 1959.

Torture of self often degenerates into torture of others to make them more religious. All brainwashing and cruelty spring from these practices. – Edna Lister, When Prayer Is at Work, June 4, 1961.

The world is facing the crucifixion of all self. Hatred is fighting its way to the surface in ugliness and unbearable cruelty, even to a tribe being massacred. God will exalt the ones who die having been persecuted by hatred. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 9, 1964.

Up to a certain age, laws can partially legalize ignorance and innocence as an excuse, but heavenly sponsors can pay the bill only so long. Then the lessons must come with full impact until the soul learns the lesson. When you must speak a lesson in words, you pay a debt on being cruelly honest, even when it is necessary, and the debt can be great when the receiver returns blame for the cruel honesty. See a vision of the Master in front of the person, then you cannot be too severe. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 17, 1964.

Many nuances in beliefs and attitudes color our love affair with God. For example, even honorable people sometimes have been cruel to others and said their "honor" drove them to it. – Edna Lister, Appreciation Is a Love Affair, May 16, 1965.

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Old Testament on Cruelty

Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. – Psalm 74:20.

The merciful man does good for his own soul, but he who is cruel troubles his own flesh. – Proverbs 11:17.

The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. – Proverbs 12:10.

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Etymology of cruel: Latin crudus, "bloody, raw."



Cruelty is a sin.


Quotes

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin.
G.K. Chesterton

Intelligent men are cruel. Stupid men are monstrously cruel. – Jack London, The Jacket (The Star Rover)


References

Chesterton, G.K. All Things Considered. New York: John Lane Co., 1909, 52.

London, Jack. The Star Rover.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).


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