By Chris Bunton
Too many times I have sat in a church and heard a sermon saying that animals have no soul. They say that humans have dominion and that everything is for our use.
It makes me puke and is an utter lie.
God gave humanity dominion over the Earth for us to take care of it and protect it with love, wisdom and understanding. These are the original instructions given to Man in the Garden. We are to “tend and keep it” We are to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the Earth.” Conserving, restoring and protecting what we use as we grow in numbers and spread out upon the Earth.
The idea that we are to rape the land, butcher the forests, poison the air and water, while driving entire species to extinction for the sake of our love of money, and our demonic ideas of dominion is disgusting.
Our treatment of the weak plants, animals and Earth is a direct reflection of our heart. It is a sign of our lack of love and compassion. If we cannot be kind to these innocents, then can we really be kind to each other?
We deserve destruction. God created us good, but we have been corrupted.
The Bible says that the entire creation groans in agony, under death and torment, waiting for humans to become who God made us to be. The entire creation is waiting with us, for us to be revealed as Children of God, and to start acting like it. (Romans 8:16–29 )
The preacher says that this happens when Christ returns. But, we will answer for it when He does. “What you’ve done to the least of these thy brethren.” might apply to humans, but if you cannot treat animals with decency, you won’t love humans either.
The love of money is the root of all evil. It destroys our world, it corrupts our hearts, it keeps us in poverty, and it leads to lies from the leaders, media and pulpit. All of which leads to more destruction.
Everything in this world was created good. Everything is alive. Energy and life permeates it all. The Spirit of God is here in all. The animals have souls and we are called to love and protect them, as much as we are called to protect and love each other.
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Bio: Chris Bunton is a writer, poet and blogger from Southern Illinois.
Photo by the writer, a friendly crawfish at Lake Kinkaid Spillway. Southern Illinois.
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