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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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  1. Rebecca Devitt says:

    Thanks for your article. My dog has been driving me crazy lately so I’ve had to think that I must treat it well to call myself a Christian.

  2. diana talbott says:

    This is helpful. I’ve been searching for a deliberate biblical stand to compel others to take care for all of God’s creation. Thank you

  3. Matt Hanson says:

    Where are the verses to back this statement up?

    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.

    1. Tim says:

      Agree with what you are saying, but what are the scriptures (books and verses).

    2. BGEA says:

      Hi Tim,

      The verses to back up the article are below:

      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).

      Thanks!

  4. zina says:

    i am blessed beyond measure to read this thank you i love love it

  5. alyssa says:

    This is so true, I am truly blessed to have read this and I have realized that animal cruelty needs to end! Or be stopped as much as possible.

  6. Mary says:

    We are all human and because of sin, some people have warped ideas as to what is worth

  7. Tom Maxwell says:

    I love my animals as though they are family. My children are grown and gone, and my pets are all that I have left. Someone told me that including the animals well being in my prayers was wrong. They are God’s creations too, so why is it wrong? Angels don’t always come with wings, some come with 4 legs.

  8. DEBRA K KNUDSON says:

    Amen & God Bless You for these beautiful words from the scriptures! There is so much animal abuse today & people don’t seem to get caught , during there evil acts of harming them !!!!!!

  9. Tony Bodiford says:

    Out of God’s command to honor Him above, it is only from this very basic God “directed” instruction that all the other “principles” of the Holy Word are derived. As Christians it is our responsibility to remember this “command” on a daily basis because if we do, and we are “serious” about our ‘commitment’ to God and His Word, our “lives” will be continually blessed. It is of this basic command by God and “our” FAITHFUL OBEDIENCE to his Word that we will eventually be rewarded when we come face to face with our “CREATOR!!”