and a totally uninhibited lifestyle it is, too.
"Dog" or "dogs" referenced forty-nine times in the Holy Bible. The one that I most enjoy and appreciate is found in the seventh chapter of Mark. (Matthew also gives an account of the incident.) A gentile woman, having heard of Jesus, and having a daughter that is possessed of an evil spirit, seeks Jesus out and asks for his favor in banishing the spirit.
Now Jesus, being a Jew, and devout, tells her that it is not right that dogs should eat before the children are fed.
Truth, Master, she said. But even the dogs eat of the crumbs the children drop under the table.
Jesus, taking note of her faith, said, For this saying, go your way, your daughter is no longer afflicted.
It was not lost on the Syrophoenician woman that she was being likened to a dog, if not being called a dog. Which of us would not resent such treatment, and that in a public venue? But she was on a mission, a mission which she would not allow to be thwarted by hurt feelings or resentment. Rather, she, in clear deference and in complete agreement with Jesus's assessment, pressed her case further, and her petition was granted.