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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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62 Comments

  1. felicia says:

    We can do all things trough CHRIST who give us strength thank you LORD for another dog.

  2. Lee says:

    Thank you. I have a dog (PomAPoo-4 Yrs. Old) Her name is Precious. I love her so much. She`s sick, the sickness has spread to her eyes. The doctor is saying i possibly may have to consider having her eyes removed. I can`t do that. Precious is my best friend. I have had Precious since she was4 mos old

  3. Debbie E. says:

    My pets are part of my family and I am very devoted to them. I have always felt that Of course God wants and expects us to show kindness to all animals. I know this is silly but I feel guilty when a step on a spider but I’m afraid of them and they creep me out!

  4. nikki clanton says:

    If you must never treat God’s creations with contempt does this mean for Satan as well?

  5. heyward latoya says:

    I need prayer for my family

    1. Cynthia Mauk says:

      Beautifully answered

  6. Anon says:

    You should read Genesis …

    Genesis 1:26 ESV / 7 helpful votes

    Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

    Domination… read that part?

  7. Annie says:

    We are cruel to animals because we think wer're god, and that on this earth, we are the center of all things, what arrogance that has come from sin and rebellion, May God have mercy on us and open our eyes teach us to love our animal friends.

  8. Ilovedogs says:

    Plain and simple, animals are cruelly treated because of Sin, what is sin? It is disobedience to God!! All are sins are the fruits of Sin, they are sins nevertheless, but are the results of man (us) rebelling against God. Read Psalm.2v

  9. Ina says:

    Don't listen to what the world has to say, they don't know God, stay strong in Christ, remember what He said “when the son of man comes, will he find faith on the earth” to he that overcomes….”

  10. Erika says:

    We can only speculate ! One thing for sure GOD created animals way before humans! Its right there in the bible ! Everybody has diffrent opinions and feelings toward pets.To me they are family!You don't have to love animals but respect those who does!