All-Creatures Ministry and Web Site
By Frank and Mary Hoffman - 14 Mar 2013
Yes, we were created in the image of God, a God who is without sin. Since the Fall, humans are now sinful (Romans 3:23), which has separated us from God and His image.
Furthermore, to have dominion or rule over animals is to be the same way that many people love their companion animals and care for them. In the same way, God created all the animals to be our companions.
The cruelty involved in the rising, killing, and eating animals is the sin.
We are not “equal” to animals, each species is different in their own God-given right, but we were all created as neh-fesh khah-yaw, living beings who feel joy and suffering the same ways.
Even though the Bible says that some animals were for our use, it never says that they were for our abuse. And remember that permission is all part of this corrupt and fallen world that we are to rise above and free from it corruption (Romans 8:18f)..
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary