THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS

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Category: General Tracts
Author:
John F Parkinson

This highly attractive gospel leaflet gives a clear gospel message and relates the message of "Animal Rights" to our need of salvation.

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The Rights of Animals
 

Do animals have rights? This issue has been the subject of much passionate debate and political activism in recent times. It may surprise many people to learn that the Bible has quite a lot to say on the subject. We read in Proverbs 12.10, “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” In other words, it is right for a man to have due regard for the life and welfare of his animal. Under the Law of Moses, animals had very important God-given rights. The following commandments are examples of God’s care for animals:

a) Working animals were entitled to a rest day every seventh day (Exodus 20.8-11);

b) If a man saw his neighbour’s ox fallen down, he was duty bound to help it up again (Deut 22.4); 

c) It was forbidden to plough with an ox and an ass together, as such a mismatch would have been grossly unfair to both animals (Deut 22.10); 

d) It was forbidden to muzzle the mouth of the ox as it treaded out the corn – the ox was o be allowed some of the good of its labour (Deut 25.4). 

So God expects and demands that humans are considerate and kind to animals. However, there are some very important differences between humans and animals. 

irstly, the Bible says, “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind” (Gen 1.25).  But when it came to the creation of human beings we read, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen 1.27). Animals were created after their
kind , but man was created in the image of God . Therefore, in terms of value, there is no comparison between an animal and a human being. 

Secondly, animals are not morally accountable for their thoughts and actions, whereas humans most definitely are morally accountable.  The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3.23). 

Thirdly, when animals die they cease to exist, whereas when humans die they continue to have a conscious existence in eternity.  Humans have an awareness of eternity that animals do not have. Only humans are able to ask the question - What
will happen to me when I die? 

There are only two ways for humans to die - we can die in Christ or we can die in our sins. The Lord Jesus said “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3.16). On the cross of Calvary the Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily became answerable for our sins. He did not die for animals, but He died for us that we might be saved for eternity.

We must choose between two destinies, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6.23). We urge you to acknowledge your guilt to God, and trust Christ as your Saviour. Now is the time to prepare for eternity. 

J.F.P.

 

 

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