Animal Rights: An Inconsistency in the Evolutionary Worldview

by Joel Kautt

There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig, is a dog, is a boy. They’re all mammals.” Ingrid Newkirk, Founder, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals1

Many animal rights activists, along with other activists in the sphere of environmentalism, ascribe to the worldview of evolutionism. They do not recognize the Divine Creator as the Supreme Author of life, but rather they declare that eons of time and random processes brought life into being out of nothing. These people worship the creation rather than the One who brought forth that creation. It is worth noting that the belief system of evolutionism is often in conflict with itself because its standard of truth and morality is based on the vacillating opinions of finite man, rather than upon the foundation of all truth and morality – God’s eternal Word. Animal rights activism is a case in point.

Survival of the Fittest?

I chuckle to myself as I think about the secular world demanding rights and protection for various kinds of animals. The thought that crosses my mind is, “whatever happened to the idea of ‘survival of the fittest?’” In the traditional evolutionary worldview, humans are considered to be at the top of the evolutionary “tree of life.” Humans are said to be the pinnacle of evolution. If this is really true, then why should we be concerned about “mistreatment” of “other animals”? Why can’t we just do what we want with other “less evolved” animals? Apparently though, some animal rights activists believe there is really no difference between us and insects. Michael Fox, former Vice President of The Human Society of the United States of America believes that “[t]he life of an ant and the life of my child should be granted equal consideration.”2

A Double Standard?

In the paradox that is the evolutionary worldview, humans are the highest life form and yet, at the same time, are no more valuable than any other animal. Some of the more extreme animal rights activists are so vehement in their passion for protection of the “rights” of animals that they stoop so low as to belittle historical atrocities committed against humans by other humans. Consider this quote:

Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.” – Ingrid Newkirk, Founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals3

In some instances animals are given more preferential protections than are humans. Perpetrators of violence against other humans are sometimes given relatively insignificant sentences, while those guilty of “animal cruelty” are severely punished. Is this not a double standard – a conflicting belief system? Are we not being inconsistent, and I daresay evil, when we protect whales, snails, and cattails, and simultaneously, in the name of “choice” and “convenience,” allow tens of millions of innocent, unborn humans to be gruesomely slaughtered and torn from the protection of their mothers’ womb? Forget about animal rights. Instead, let us focus on protecting the lives of the one and only creature created in the image of God4 – humans!

Animal and Earth Worship: Signs of a Degenerate Culture

In April many people will celebrate “Earth Day.” Just like those people obsessed with protecting “animal rights,” many people focus this day entirely on the creation, rather than on the One who alone is to be worshiped – the Creator. The Bible indicates5 that in the later days the culture will degenerate to the point where mankind exchanges worshiping the One True God for venerating the physical creation. In recent years, the worship of “Mother Earth” or “Gaia” has become popular. This pagan, pantheistic spiritualism is rooted in a belief that planet earth is a “living entity” from which all life came into being. The Scriptures tell us that earth is not our “Mother” but rather the Lord God is the One who “made the world and everything in it,” and “in Him we live and move and have our being.”6

The Apostle Paul, through the Holy Spirit, told of a time when many people would succumb to false doctrine forbidding humans to eat meat. 1 Timothy 4:1 – 5 says “…in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron…commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.” This passage indicates that those who reject the eating of meats (animals) based upon arbitrary and un-biblical reasoning7 are following Satanic teachings. This is not to say that personal health circumstances should not be considered when making food choices, but rather that animal worship is completely un-biblical, and is a slap in the face of Almighty God.8

What Saith the Scriptures?

Does the Creator care about the well being of animals? Yes indeed. The Lord God does care about all of the marvelous creatures He formed (Job 38:41; Matthew 6:26). However, He specifically and uniquely created human beings to have a relationship with Him (Genesis 1:26, 27; Psalm 8:5). The Lord gave mankind dominion and stewardship of all other creatures on earth (Genesis 1:26 – 29; Psalm 8:6 – 8). Animals, on the other hand, do not have a soul capable of an eternal personal relationship with their Creator, but were created for the benefit and enjoyment of mankind.9

While the Bible does indicate that one reason the animals were created was for the benefit and use of mankind, the Bible also implies that mankind should exercise dominion stewardship in a way that honors God by being considerate of other creatures.10 Proverbs 12:10 says “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

Dr. Henry M. Morris sums up well the Biblical view of the human charge of caring for the creatures in our world11:

When God placed the animals under man’s dominion (Genesis 1:26 – 28), this was a

stewardship, not a license for cruelty. God has a purpose for every creature, and even though

man can use animals for food, clothing, etc., they should be respected as creatures of God.

However, animals should not be regarded as human ancestors or as gods to worship.”

In conclusion, let us remember that evolutionism claims to be all about survival of the fittest and “every man for himself.” Consequently, the secular movement for treating animals humanely is yet another example of a “behavioral inconsistency12” in the evolutionary, un-biblical worldview. However, the real and only logically consistent basis for taking care of all of God’s creatures and our home planet itself is the Word of the Creator God – the Bible. Let us honor our Creator, first by protecting the sanctity of human life, and at the same time be faithful to steward His creation in a way that “regards the life” of other creatures.~

Footnotes:

1 Cited on http://www.njabr.org/programs/animal_rights/

4 See Genesis 1:26, 27.

5 See Romans 1:23, 25.

6 See Acts 17:24 – 31

7 Such as the “animal rights” claim, or the claim that we share an evolutionary relationship with the animals, or the claim that certain meats were to be considered “unclean” (see Acts 10:9 – 16). Some of the more prominent Eastern religions, such as Hinduism, prohibit the eating of certain animals because they believe that those animals may be the “reincarnated” form of a person’s ancestor or relative.

8 See Deuteronomy 4:15 – 24.

9 See Genesis 1:26 – 28 and 9:1 – 3

10 See also Numbers 22:21 – 30 which is the account of the false prophet Balaam’s mistreatment of his donkey.

11 The Defender’s Study Bible – note on Proverbs 12:10

12 Defined as: actions which are in conflict with professed beliefs.

Originally published in the March/April 2010 issue of the Creation Evangelism Tools Newsletter.

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