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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. Jimbo says:

    Man thinks this world is his, so he acts like the king of the world, taking whatever he wants, sucking up its resources,creating,destroying,digging the earth,cruel treatment of animals,etc.. (The earth is the Lords) wait,jesus is coming.Rev.11:18.

  2. The Corinthian says:

    How should we treat animals? Put yourself in their place, they have feelings, they feel pain, they have emotions and so on. Our treatment to animals begins with what our parents taught us ,please, educate your children to love and care for animals.

  3. marry says:

    I think we should love animals because their love is real and they are looking for love and someone who care for them, I don't get it why some people think the world is belong to them only?

  4. Dem says:

    In Eden, animals were cared for and loved by Adam and Eve , and when Sin entered the world that love and caring became cruelty and hate, animals becomes trapped in a world with sinful man, pray for Jesus soon return, as this will all change.

  5. Dem says:

    The object of your love isn't what matters, it's how much love you give to them and would you lay down your life for them. I personally love my animals more than some humans and I've chosen to love them, just love, it comes from Gd! .

  6. Ryan says:

    What if people put animals needs ahead of humans needs….namely the humans family. Lets say a woman loves her pet more than her husband,what does God say about that?

  7. Goobliks says:

    You say our pets and animals won't be in heaven? Does Gd love them any less? So, earth has animals , but heaven doesn't That doesn't make any sense. It is amazing how everyone's an expert.

  8. Arwen says:

    Remember, the high priest would also sprinkle blood before (in front) of the ark of testimony. This was for the creation apart from man

  9. Keishi says:

    Because of Christ's death and resurrection Gd will reverse the curse that was brought in by sin and ALL animals will be resurrected and enjoy Him on an earth that will surpass the Garden of Eden; Do you want to be there? Know the way? JESUS!!

  10. Gordanakis says:

    Why would not God want your loved pets in heaven, that's not who He is! Does he love you? Does He love His creation? ALL of His creation is a part of who He is! Think on that