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Animals: Who Cares? - Professor David Clough

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

Video from SARX

"In his keynote address at the Creature Conference, Professor David Clough argues that concern for animals is a fundamental aspect of Christian discipleship." from video introduction.

Proverbs 12:10

The righteous care for the needs of their animals,

but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Do you care about animals, one of God's many wonderful creations?

We live in a consumer culture and we consume animals as food. We objectify animals as dumb and therefore their suffering and death for us is inconsequential.


God created all the animals (Psalm 104).

"Then God commanded, 'Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life; domestic and wild, large and small, and it was done. So God made them all, and He was pleased with what He saw." Genesis 1:24, 25

All animals belong to God (Psalm 24:1).

"All the animals in the forest are Mine and the cattle on thousands of hills. All the wild birds are Mine and all living things in the fields." Psalm 50:10, 11

God cares for the animals (1 John 4:16).

"Look at the birds flying around . . . your Father in Heaven takes care of them" Matthew 6:26

"He gives animals their food and feeds the young ravens when they call." Psalm 147:9

The Bible describes the Angels around God's throne as having features and characteristics like those of a lion, a bull and an eagle (Ezekiel 1). God Himself is likened in Scripture to a lion, a leopard, a bear (Hosea 13:7, 8), and to an eagle (Deut. 32:11).

Jesus is described as "The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29

Jesus identified Himself with all the innocent animals who had been sacrificed for the sins of mankind and declared that His was the final sacrifice. Jesus abolished animal sacrifices and so Christianity has always rejected the need for further bloodshed of animals (Hebrews 9:12, 26)..." from the article: The Bible and Animals

Our hurried and consumer based society has caused many if not all of us to discount the other living creatures God put under our care. Let us reconsider our stewardship and honor our Lord.


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