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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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104 Comments

  1. Adrienne vandorn says:

    I I have a dog and I love my dog yes I do and I just want to search and see what the Bible says about it and I was right because God created everything on this Earth thank you so much God bless this ministry

  2. Likli says:

    thank you for this I am a vegetarian and I always want to refer to bible verses when people ask me why.

  3. Flora Davison says:

    Animals should be treated well because the bible commands us, and it’s one of the signs that a man is righteous (proverbs). We are also put on this earth to be stewards of the earth and everything in it including animals. It is also believed that animals have souls, and just like an abortion is a sin so is cruelty to animals as they have souls and we’re damaging their souls and lives due to this.

  4. Robert Hart says:

    JUST A SHOUT OUT TO ALL DOG PEOPLE. A PRAYER FOR HEALING FOR MY DOG REX.HE HAS CUSHINGS DISEASE AND IS NOT FEELING WELL TODAY.I KNOW FOR SURE AND FIRST HAND HOW WELL PRAYER WORKS!!! LOVE IN CHRIST.

  5. Vivian Gifford says:

    Yes, I have been an animal lover always and praying for the Lord to save many from abuse, laboratories and neglect and outright cruelty must end!!! May GOD hear our heart cries for
    these precious creatures!!!

    1. Robert Hart says:

      GOD IS LISTENING VIVIAN.THANK YOU FOR CARING.