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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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118 Comments

  1. Cheryl Clark says:

    I do not understand how someone can profess to be a Christian and hate animals. It makes no sense to me and it makes me think that humans are the root of all evil. I know that humans are a lot dirtier than any animal I have ever seen.

    1. Dawn says:

      Lol!! I agree a 100%!! I have four cats that I love dearly! They are my best friends and not one of them has ever done anything to hurt me !! Animals are not devious, they do not react out of spite or hate or anger! Only instinct and loyalty and love! 😻

  2. Nm says:

    I am very happy you addressed this and I am equally as disturbed and care for animals

  3. Neil says:

    All animals should be treated right. In Proverbs, a righteous man cares for his animals, all animals come from God.

  4. Allen Selzer says:

    God most definitely is first above all. I’m an animal lover myself. However I do wonder sometimes if I care to much. This place where I live is full of animal cruelty and neglect. I’ve become a rescue somewhat. They are all Gods creation and he does tell us to care for them. I keep wondering that if I go to far or care to much then why would God have given me such a large heart for them. I also feel that people who don’t have a heart for animals pretty much just don’t have a heart. I personally don’t have much of a heart for those who write negative and derogatory remarks about those of us that do care and don’t offer a chance to reply. The bible says I have to love them but not necessarily like them.

    1. Nm says:

      I do not believe it is possible to care too much about animals (esp pets) can’t fend for themselves and are like children and need to be taken care of