Christians and Animals

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Stewardship and Animals

Christian Beliefs

  • In Genesis humans were created in the image of God
  • Adam is special because God breathed life into him
  • Many Christians believe humans have a soul but animals do not
  • In Genesis God gave humans free choice in how to treat the world
  • "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God"
  • St Francis of Assisi believed that animals have souls
  • God made people to look after the animals and plants
  • God put people in charge of his planet
  • He gave them the responsibility to name the animals and to have dominion- authority and control over creation but not domination
  • There is clear distinction between animals and humans
  • God gave human beings rules that they could understand - The Ten Commandments
  • In one of the creation stories animals were created before humans whereas in the other humans were created before animals
  • We should show stewardship towards the animals and the rest of creation
  • Everything in God's creation whether human or animal should be treated equally
  • God loved humanity so much he was willing to allow his only son to die in order to restore a relationship with


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