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Q:

My pets mean a lot to me, and I hate to see people neglect animals or treat them cruelly. Does the Bible say anything about how we should treat animals? God made them also, didn't He?


A:

Yes, God made everything that lives on the earth — including the animals. In the beginning, the Bible says, “God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals….’ And it was so” (Genesis 1:24).

And yes, the Bible commands us to take care of the animals under our care. One of the signs of a righteous man, the Bible says, is that he takes care of his animals (see Proverbs 12:10). Even the animal of an enemy was to be treated kindly: “If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to take it back to him” (Exodus 23:4). One reason God commanded His people to rest one day out of seven was so their animals would be refreshed (see Exodus 23:12).

In fact, the Bible says we must never treat any part of God’s creation with contempt. When we do, we are indirectly treating our Creator with contempt. Instead, God calls us to be stewards or trustees of His creation, and the Bible reminds us that we are responsible to Him for the way we treat it. We’ve often forgotten this — but it’s still true, and when we ignore it we not only hurt God’s creation but we also hurt ourselves.

Most of all, however, God calls us to put Him first in our lives. He loves us, and our greatest calling is to respond to His love by opening our hearts and lives to His Son, Jesus Christ.

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59 Comments

  1. Robert Lucas says:

    I have a kitty that I love and he may have a tumer, will I see him in heaven?

  2. Cris C. Dean says:

    When mankind’s sin of abuse, anger, neglect or even hatred is directed towards animals, a God made living being suffers greatly! God IS love – He is 100% defined by love – Kingdom love not earthly type love – and that love applies to ALL he made!!! It’s impossible for God’s love to not hold & embrace the caring for innocent animals.

    1. Andrea Kollars says:

      I have been emailing rescues for animals in the “high-kill” shelters. I love animals & is abominable the way some people treat them & harm them! I see n people make remarks about animals as if they are far beneath us, even, ones in the so-called Bible belt who claim to be very religious! I had to search & prove to them, that animals are NOT beneath us & God wants us to take care of them & treat them kindly.

  3. Paula King says:

    Thank you so much for your response to this inquiry. God has enriched our lives by His creations. Just look at service dogs and guide dogs and how much of a blessing that they are to their owners. I encourage everyone to love and take care of their animals.

  4. carol says:

    Thank you.

  5. Kent says:

    Who is to say God loves man more then the animals he created. The below scripture would indicate in fact animals are found in heaven.

    Revelation 19:11

    Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war

  6. Darrin theus says:

    In order to go to heaven you have to have a soul. God didn’ t give animals souls. They were only created for the purpose of earth. God created man for heaven and tthat’s why man have soul. Animals were not created in the likeness of God.

  7. Bob says:

    I care for reptiles, God’s beautiful and ancient creation! Thank you for the animals who enrich my life!