Scripture texts: Genesis 1:27-28; Proverbs 12:10; Ecclesiastes 3:18-20; 1 Corinthians 9:9-10; 1 Timothy 4:3-5
Preacher: Rev. David Sutherland Date: 22 February 2015 (Evening)
Animal-rights activists have long been campaigning for animals to be granted by law the same rights to life, care and food as those currently enjoyed by humans. Their argument is based on the presupposition that humans and animals are by nature equal, other than in degree of development. Opposing opinions on this issue fall into three basic categories which may be described as materialistic, pantheistic and theistic. This sermon examines each of those views in turn and concludes that only the theistic view, grounded in Scripture, recognises the true relationship between humans and animals.