Many Christians are fond of claiming that they are made “in God’s
They are especially fond of using this reference to squelch any
argument for the betterment of the plight of animals.
27. And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He
created him; male and female He created them.
Instead of trying to live up to a higher standard, these people seem
intent on creating a god in their image: a god who would
approve of all the cruelty they impose on others, while they justify
such actions by citing passages from the Bible that describe a fallen
world and God’s concessions to their evil character and
their stubborn misuse of the free will God gave us.
They are also fond of using (or misusing, one could say) Genesis
1:28. They throw around the “dominion” word as though our loving Creator
God would want His creation abused, instead of having it lovingly tended
by caring stewards.
28. And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and
multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of
the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing
that moves on the earth."
However, they don’t want you to look at the next two verses that
prove that, by the Creator’s original intent, there was to be no
killing at all. All creation was to be what we now call “vegan.”
29. Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding
seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has
fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
30. and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky
and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have
given every green plant for food "; and it was so.
Genesis 1:31, the last verse of this chapter tells us that God was
pleased with His creation:
31. And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.