Think on These


by Tom McLemore


Question: “Preacher, We are hearing much about ethical treatment of animals. What does the Bible teach about so called 'animal rights?'”

Answer: Some of the laws of the Old Testament prohibit cruelty to animals. This reflected in some of the laws of the Old Testament. (Exodus 23:19; Deuteronomy 22:6). God provides for the animals and is aware of their deaths (Psalm 104; Matthew 6:26; 10:29; Luke 12:6, 24). However, the key thing is that God considers humans to be of much greater value than the animals. This is stated explicitly by our Lord (Matthew 10:21; Luke 12:7), and it is implied in humans' being made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26, 27). By means of the sacrificial system of the Old Testament, his giving them for human consumption (Genesis 9:1-7), and his own providing of clothing from animal skins for the first pair (Genesis 3:21), God demonstrated that the animals are given to humans for their use. Animals are not humans and may be sacrificed in medical research and providing for human needs.




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