The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973


'Does God love Animals?' -
My Answer by Billy Graham

From the Christian Herald dated January 24, 1985:

"I love animals and feel protective toward them. Do you think God cares about animals?" - A.T.

Of course He cares about animals. After all, He was the One who created them to begin with. He also made the world in such a way that they have food to eat. He also meant for us to take care of animals whenever we are responsible for some of them. It is interesting that Old Testament law stated that domestic animals were to be allowed to rest on the Sabbath (Exodus 20 v 10).

It is good that you are concerned about animals. However, I want you to understand something else: God loves animals, but in a far greater way He loves humanity - including you. The Bible says: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Matthew 10 v 29-31). This is a wonderful truth, and it is all the more wonderful when when you think about the way we treat God all too often. I know people who spend great amounts of time and money on their pets, yet never think about God. Someday every one of us will stand before God. How tragic it is to go out into eternity separated from God forever because we have neglected to think about Him and why He put us on earth.

The Bible tells us that man is more than an animal. He not only is a physical being, but he is a spiritual being as well because he bears the image of God within him. Yet we have turned our backs on God and sinned against Him. The greatest truth we can know is that God loves us in spite of our sin, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, He has made it possible for us to be restored and reconciled to God. If you have never faced your own need of God, I hope and pray you will realise your need of Him and turn to Him by faith in Christ. "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved ... Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Romans 10 vs 9, 13)

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