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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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81 Comments

  1. Arlene says:

    Just because i told my pastor i have 7 cats at home and carry cat and dog food in my hand bag just incase i come accross a hungry cat or dog.He said that i am in bondage.That i am wasting time.And another elderly in church said that i should stop feeding cos cats were born to kill rodents..what a stupid remark.im so angry cos i love all animals and deeply care for them..

  2. Willie t Bradley says:

    God is good all the time be humble unto him and he will keep blessings you always .always seek God first no matter what the situation is.

  3. lindaglenn1946@suddenlink.net says:

    I appreciate what you just said very much, but do you ever mention this in sermons or writings outside of this pet owners question. Thank you.

  4. Jamie says:

    What a lovely answer. I pray it brings comfort to anyone seeking the truth. The Bible is clear that God IS love, and of course He loves His creations too. We are created in His image so the love we feel for animals is a direct reflection of His feelings too. While we humans have spirit, soul, and body, animals indeed have a soul. Jesus is coming back on a white horse. There are many testimonies of those who went to heaven and saw their pets. There will be a new heaven and Earth and animals were always part of His plan. They will be there. Be sure YOU will through Christ Jesus!

  5. Mary Claudia Farris says:

    Thank you so much for the clarification. I helped my daughter make the very difficult decision to put her 13 1/2 yr old dog to sleep. Cilla was part of the family. She had tumors, cataracts, and was. having multiple seizures every day. My son-in-law is going through a very tough time. The vet explained that medicine could be. given , which was very expensive and would not ensure that Cilla would live any longer. Under the circumstances that just didn’t seem to be the best answer. It was very emotionally draining, but on the inside I felt total peace about putting her to sleep. Thank you for confirming the decision.

  6. Veronica Ramirez says:

    I feel with all my heart and soul that is why i’m here on earth! When I see animals being treated cruely my heart actually hurts and aches!!! I feel hopeless to thier plight!!! Ive learned that the one who abuse will have to answer to God when it’s time, but I do struggle with why God lets sooooo many animals suffer in the meantime!!!

  7. Patty Strickland says:

    By the time I was 5 the Lord impressed on my heart that I was to care for His animals. I have for over 50 years. It deeply grieves my heart to see a dog develop issues due to human selfishness, and confusion.”Wait at the Gate, Sweetheart. I’ll find you!”

  8. Favour says:

    Thanks alot

  9. Suzanne Salmon says:

    I believe that I have a calling om my life and that is to speak up for thos who can’t speak for them selves. We as humans have superior brains and are suppose to look after God’s creation. Treat animals like God would have done!

    1. Veronica Ramirez says:

      I could not have said it better myself!!!

  10. Linda says:

    The pastor at a little church we just started going to has twice said (at two different services) that anyone that treats their pets like family is sick in the head. He said he loves animals and eats them all the time. It hurt my heart and it offended me. I’m 62 and the last little dog I had (died almost 3 years ago) lived right at 20 years. I had her call me “Mama.” She said mama, daddy, Bill….and many words. She could be clearly understood. When she was dying, I held her in my arms all that day. She called out, “Mama!” three times before she died. She really had human understanding!

    1. David ray says:

      That was so sad. I lost a dog 7 months ago and he was like family. They really are just like our kids. He was 12. We still have his brother who is now 15 and he is blind and has other issues but we take care of him the best we can.

    2. Felicia says:

      Linda, I’m sorry but your pastor is ignorant and dare I say, stupid to boot. A pastor isn’t supposed to tell people they are “sick in the head”. What an idiot. I suggest you find another pastor, yours may not even be saved. Pray for the poor man. ;(
      You, on the other hand, sound like a very caring and sensitive soul. God bless! 😉

    3. lindaglenn1946@suddenlink.net says:

      Maybe you should consider another church where love is preached, not intolerance. Jesus will come back on a white horse. And love for all creatures. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious baby, snd feel joy that you shared such love. That love, I am sure, extended to many others. God bless you and please pray for the “pastor,” and find a loving church home.