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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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134 Comments

  1. Dogbera Ketoglo says:

    I know Jesus know me. Thanks Jesus — You are all to me in my life

  2. linda4jc@yahoo.com says:

    I believe as Billy Graham does. Anyone who treats their animals in an unworthy manner should have them taken from them. Its so very sad the way humans can be to animals and their own children. God have mercy on our souls.

  3. Glenda says:

    Thank you for showing me the scriptures and reminding me of how God commands us to care for His animals. When I had nothing and no one in my life that cared, God always allowed me to have animals to care for and love. In turn, the animals gave me everything I needed….caring, joy, peace, place, purpose and the power to love unconditionally. Animals are a Gift from God. I see Gods love and promise in the eyes of the animals.

  4. Jeffrey L Pogue says:

    I appreciate reading what you had to say about pets. I have a cat that has feline leukemia. This is a difficult thing to watch so I have been praying for our kitty. I don’t think that is wrong to ask God to heal her. I think that it is me and my wife that needs to be healed and prayed for. I appreciate this ministry.

  5. EarlAdams says:

    I am a minister and i love my cats and other pets. yet the rules were i live say stray pets are to let starve or call the humane shelter. what does god say about taking care of his animals?

  6. Bettina says:

    I myself am a lover of God’s animals and am thankful for those he gave a heart to help his animals.

  7. Roger Marshall says:

    It has nothing to do with being Christians really. There are many other religions as well. It is to do with being decent human beings. You shouldn’t need a bible to know that dog fighting etc is so terribly wrong

    1. Priscilla says:

      The awareness to be good to animals is natural Law, written by God onto the hearts of men. Whether or not the recognize it is up to the individual