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What the Bible says about Animal Rights
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Do animals have rights? Actually, according to God, they do! Deuteronomy 25:4 says not to "muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Proverbs 12:10 tells us "a righteous man regards the life of his animal." Exodus 20:10 gives cattle the Sabbath day off. These rights, however, never supercede the authority and responsibilities given to humanity.

As Christians, then, we are to act responsibly toward animals; our pets and farm animals should be cared and provided for. Acts of cruelty toward them are certainly out. However, animals are not human substitutes! Many of us have dogs or cats for pets. We love them, and they become like a part of the family. But they are not family.

Mike Ford (1955-2021)
Animal Idolatry

Related Topics: Animal Rights


Psalm 8:6-8

This dominion does not give mankind the right to destroy God's creation. Man is to act responsibly, but unfortunately, this does not happen very often in this world. Animals are tortured, rivers and seas are fouled, whole areas are devastated of plant and animal life to fill the coffers of big business.

In Genesis 2:15, God tells Adam and Eve to "tend and keep" the Garden of Eden. They were to take what God had made and work to maintain it and help it to produce. They could harvest its bounty and eat of its fruit. Certainly, God allowed certain trees to be cut for their wood, and certain animals could be killed for their meat. In no way, however, was any part of His creation to be equated with man or to be worshipped.

Mike Ford
Animal Idolatry


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