Christianity and the Treatment of Animals

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The Christian Response to the Treatment of
Initially, many Christians preached and believed that animals, down to every tiny
ant, were lower than us, this was thought to be because animals have no soul
therefore they have no rights.
Some Christians follow the teachings of Genesis 1, which undoubtedly states
"humans have power over the fish, the birds and all the animals, domestic and
wild, large and small." Which means that every animal on Earth is lower than
humans, we are the highest of all beings on this earth.
Also, if we are higher than other any other faunae on this earth, this however,
could raise many ethical issues, this is because, then many people may fell
horrific sports such as cock and bull fighting may be legalised, also, animal
testing may be approved by masses of people.
However, if we followed the teachings of Genesis 2, many people would continue
to treat animals with respect and humans would "cultivate and care for the
Garden of Eden" which means that the animals that are placed upon the earth we
are to preserve and care for them.
Also, the argument that animals "do not have souls" is invalid, this is because
souls are not physical attributes to ones body, they cannot be located or pin
pointed to a specific, so we could treat other humans with cruelty because they
don't have a soul that we can locate, however, this would ruin society which is
another reason as to why we mustn't kill animals.
In my personal opinion, I think that we shouldn't use animals for our
entertainment, because if the animals, somehow, managed to get up and dictate
our lives and use us for entertainment we wouldn't like it. However, I feel that it is
forgivable to kill an animal in a life or death situation but in no other


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