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Biblical Ethics and Animals

At one time, the Puritans of England under Oliver Cromwell abolished the cruelty of bear-baiting and similar atrocities against animals -- which came back after the Puritans disappeared from the scene.

The moral fiber and Biblical resolve of the Puritans has been lacking for far too long. Despite clear Biblical imperatives regarding man's responsibility toward God's creation and His creatures, we too often find everyone but the Christian involved in these issues.

Below we argue that humane treatment of animals is not an idea alien to a Biblical worldview, it is an important part of man's stewardship over the world that God created.

If you are a Bible believing Christian, we hope you will find encouragement and validation in this section regarding your labors helping God's animals.

Even if you do not adhere to a Bible-oriented faith, we hope you will find something of value here. If nothing else, we hope it might help you become better able to assure your animal-loving, Bible-believing friends that it's OK for them to get involved with animal issues if they have a heart to do so and why such issues are not second rate Christian concerns.

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Do all dogs go to heaven?

Far too much has been read into the statement that a human "is worth more than many sparrows" (Matt. 10:31, Luke 12:7). It doesn't follow that the sparrow is worthless. God's Law makes clear that man can NOT do as he pleases with birds (Deut. 22:6-7) -- the Law of God protects these and all other animals and regulates human conduct toward them.



1. Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg, The Revelation of St. John, Vol. 1, p. 215-211.