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Conflict or Coexistence?

Mankind and the Animal Kingdom

God created people and animals, the Animal Kingdom (Genesis 1:26). At first, everything was great. Then Adan and Eve did what God told them not to do. They sinned. He kicked them out of the Garden of Eden.

Things went downhill from there. More people and more sin. A lot more sin. Finally God had enough. He wanted to start over, to wipe the slate clean.

He sent a flood to destroy all the people, except for Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark. All the other people, along with all the animals die—because of humanity’s sin.

This, of course, is not fair to the animals. They didn’t do anything wrong, but they’re taken out because of man’s mistakes.

There is an interesting parallel in this today. Man’s behavior is again threatening the lives of animals. This time man’s mistakes result in excessive economic gain and greedy prosperity at the expense of animal habitat.

God did give the earth to man, but to take care of it, not to exploit it.

[Read through the Bible with us this year. Today’s reading is Genesis 6-8 and today’s post is on Genesis 6:5-8.]

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2 replies on “Conflict or Coexistence?”

Hi Peter. We humans were given dominion over the creation in the beginning. As you said, our original parents messed up the proper relationship that we were given in order to steward the earth on God’s behalf. As a result we see the exploitation of our natural resources for monetary gain. Paul wrote in his letter to the church at Rome, “For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.”(Romans 8:19) He goes onto explain that this suffering of all creation will continue until the resurrection. This is something both we and the animal kingdom can look forward to one day. Blessings

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