WikiTheology – Should we protect animals in danger of extinction?

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Should we protect animals in danger of extinction?

Your question is an excellent one given the amount of harm we have done to the world over the years. The problem stems from the fact that we have thought incorrectly about the question, not that we haven’t asked the question. We have not asked what the Creator wants.

The answer depends completely on what you think about the origins of the universe. If you believe that everything came from nothing, over a long period of time, and with a little luck, how are we different from any other animal? We would be considered the product of the same evolutionary process. And that evolutionary process teaches us that the strong survive and the weak die. So, if we say, “We believe, as humans, we are intelligent animals and for this reason we should protect other not-as-intelligent animals,” where is the logic in your answer? Don’t you think that we are going against the current which has brought us to be the strongest? If you believe that we have been created by evolution, the purpose of life is to survive. Nothing more. And in surviving, if there is an animal that makes it more difficult, or makes it more uncomfortable, why would you want to save it?

Perhaps a person could say that their life is better if we allow a certain species to exist, like the bee for example, but only for a single person, and not for everyone. All of humanity could never decide what is correct for everyone, because the strong have the right to survive, and not the others.

But those who think that there is a Creator have other reasons to protect animals. Before we look at two of those reasons, I would like to clarify what it means “to protect.” A believer in God does not protect animals in the same way as a Buddhist might protect animals. We do not believe that we are equal with animals, nor that animals house the souls of other individuals. The Bible tells us that as humans we are the only creatures to be created in the image of God. Animals do not have souls, and cannot have a personal relationship with God, but as humans we can. For this reason God commanded that we are not to murder other humans. There is a difference in value between animals and humans, and it is a value which God has placed on us and which we cannot change. Those who confuse animals for humans do harm to both the animal and other humans. If we think that the creation is god, we have lost the ability to live according to reason.

And now for two of the reasons why we ought to protect animal species:

  1. We were created by God in order to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28), by which God means that we “cultivate it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). It is our privilege to exercise dominion over the earth, and we cannot refuse the responsibilities that come with it. But there are times that we have to kill certain animals to feed humans or other animals, or to protect a herd or another species. Because we have a different value and we have wisdom, we can do so intelligently and correctly (we can also do so in a manner which is very harmful, as we have seen over the years).
  2. There is another reason to protect different species of animals. Animals were created by God and demonstrate his creativity. By means of his creation we can understand something about God, namely his eternal power and his divine nature (Romans 1:20). This means that if we do not protect well, and allow a species to become extinct (or we do not pursue the opportunity to discover more species), we lose a creation of our God, and another view into his incredible intelligence.

Those who believe in the God of the Bible have a responsibility to protect the various species of animals because as humans we are different. God has created us with the ability and the wisdom to do so for his glory. I thank God for those who are working to protect the various species of animals in our world.

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¿Debemos proteger a los animales en peligro de extinción?

La pregunta es una pregunta importante, porque en los últimos años hemos visto el daño que hemos hecho en el mundo durante los siglos que no nos hacíamos esta pregunta. Eso no es decir que nadie ha pensado en lo que debemos hacer con los animales, pero que no hemos pensado tanto en lo que el Creador quiere.

La respuesta acerca de los animales en peligro depende completamente de lo que piensas de los orígenes del universo. Si piensas que todo lo que es vino de la nada, durante mucho tiempo, y un poco de suerte, ¿cómo somos diferentes de los animales? ¿No somos el producto de la misma evolución? ¿Y que nos enseña la evolución? Nos enseña que los fuertes sobreviven y los débiles mueren. Entonces, si decimos “Creemos que nosotros, como humanos, somos los animales mas inteligentes y por esta razón debemos proteger a los animales no tan inteligente como nosotros” ¿de dónde viene la razón de tu respuesta? ¿No piensas que estamos yendo contra la corriente que nos ha llevado a ser los más poderosos? Si crees que la evolución nos ha creado, el propósito de la vida es sobrevivir. Nada más. Y si necesitas sobrevivir, y hay un animal que lo hace más difícil, o te hace incómodo, ¿por qué los querrías salvar?

Quizá una persona pudiera decir que su vida sería mejor si dejara vivir una especie de animal, como la abeja por ejemplo, pero solamente para una persona, y no a otra. Toda la humanidad nunca podría decir que fuera correcto para todos, porque los fuertes tienen el derecho de vivir, y no los otros.

Pero los que piensan que hay un creador tienen otras razones para cuidar a los animales. Antes de hablar de dos de estas razones, me gustaría clarificar que significa “proteger.” Un creyente en Dios no protege a los animales de la misma manera que los Budistas. No creemos que somos iguales que los animales, ni que los animales tienen las almas de otras personas. La Biblia nos dice que los humanos son los únicos que fueron creados en la imagen de Dios. Los animales no tienen almas, y no pueden tener una relación personal con Dios, pero los humanos sí. Por eso Dios mandó que no matemos a los otros humanos. Hay un valor diferente entre los animales y los humanos, y es un valor que Dios ha puesto y que no podemos cambiar. Los que confunden los animales con los humanos le hacen daño al animal y a los otros humanos. Si pensamos que la creación es Dios, perdemos la habilidad a vivir razonadamente.

Ahora, dos de las razones porque debemos proteger a los animales:

  1. Fuimos creados por Dios para dominar a la tierra (Génesis 1:28), que significa para Dios “cultivar y cuidar” (Génesis 2:15). Es nuestro privilegio ejercer dominio sobre la tierra, y no podemos dejar nuestra responsabilidad. Pero hay veces que tenemos que matar a los animales para alimentar a humanos u otros animales, o también para proteger la manada o otra especie. Porque tenemos un valor y sabiduría diferente, podemos hacerlo correctamente (también podemos hacerlo de una manera muy dañosa, como hemos visto durante los últimos años).
  2. También hay otra razón para cuidar a las especies. Los animales fueron creados por Dios y muestran su creatividad. Por medio de su creación podemos entender algo de Dios, su eterno poder y su naturaleza divina (Romanos 1:20). Significa que si no cuidamos bien y dejamos que muera otra especia (o si no perseguimos la oportunidad de descubrir más especies), perdemos una creación de nuestro Dios y otra muestra de su inteligencia.

Los que creen en el Dios de la Biblia tienen la responsabilidad de proteger a las especies de animales porque como humanos somos diferentes. Dios nos ha creado con la habilidad y la sabiduría para hacerlo por su gloria. Doy gracias a Dios por los que están trabajando para cuidar a las especies de animales en nuestro mundo.

Canada 2015

I was able to take a quick trip up to Canada with family members, Bernie and Cody. We camped from Monday-Friday in Ontario near Kenora. You can read the hunting part of the trip over here, but I would like to share some of the pictures from our time. At some point I may post some of my own observations of a first time bear hunt. Currently I am still trying to process through the whole deal. However, I will say, the facial expression of a seasoned hunter running from a skunk is an almost humorous cocktail of fear and agony.

Bear Baiter’s Manual by Bernie Barringer

Bear Baiter’s Manual: Innovative Black Bear Hunting Tactics and Strategies 

by Bernie Barringer

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Moving Mountain Publishing

Point: The author gives a wealth of information to help others know more about bear baiting (and hunting).

Path:  Bernie Barringer does a great job bringing the reader (even one with almost no knowledge of bear hunting or baiting- like myself), to a thorough understanding of some factors involved in baiting and hunting bears. The reader will learn more about understanding bears and their environment (I found an explanation of how bears use their senses very helpful), how to choose and prepare bait locations and what bait to use, and many other interesting and helpful things that would be involved in not only baiting but hunting bears.

There are many pictures used as a learning tool to explain concepts and help the reader to visualize specific aspects of baiting. The author includes many real life stories and examples that make the book easy to read and understand.

Although I do not have the ability to bait or hunt bears at this point in my life, I found the book very interesting and worth the read. If you are interested in baiting, hunting, or even being able to talk with someone who is interested in either of the two, I would recommend you pick this book up and read!

Stars: 5 out of 5

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

Manathon XIIIs: What we saw

Manathon Series: Where we went, What we talked about


The Boundary Waters is a great place to experience wildlife. Last year we saw a bear, this year on the way up we almost hit a deer. The sad thing was it was in downtown Duluth.

Manathon Sunrise

While up in the woods we saw eagles, hawks, loons, beavers, etc. This year we didn’t see any big wildlife like moose or bear, which may have been just as well! I am not sure we really wanted to come face to face with either.

Manathon Sunset

Perhaps one of the best parts of the Boundary Waters is what you don’t see. We didn’t see houses, cars, or highways. We were not woken up by car horns, barking dogs, or the ringing of phones. Out on the lakes you don’t see speedboats, jet skis, or those floating mountains you are supposed to climb. Getting away from all the visual and audible noise makes you realize that things can be a lot more quiet. That is one reason why I view these Manathons as so valuable. They offer the opportunity to see and hear what is drowned out by busyness.


Free Desktop Wallpaper

We went back through some of the photos we have taken over the years and compiled 12 desktop wallpapers. Sign up for the blog (on the right column) and you will receive an email confirmation. From that we can send you a link to download these wallpapers. Below are some samples of what is in there.

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