In Reference to: The Book of GenesisDear Stephen:
Thank you for your comments and questions.
First of all, we base these conclusions on the nature of Jesus Christ, and the love and compassion He showed for the whole of creation, which we wrote about in the beginning of our discussion.
And we don't believe that Jesus ever looked upon any living being as being irrelevant or in any indifferent way, and that their presence always has a meaning. When we discount their presence, we lose some of the richness of Scripture.
From Revelation we know that animals are in heaven such as in Chapter 4 where zoa (animals) and zo-on (animal) is used to indicate their presence. The animals were created as living souls just as humans were. We cannot discount this when looking at other passages such as this one in Mark.
Jesus never did any fishing himself. He multiplied catches to attract the disciples to who He really was in order to redirect them into becoming fishers of men. He also multiplied dried or salted fish along with bread to feed the masses.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary