Here is an excerpt from Doug Giles’ book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation:
The Bible is crystal clear that there is a big, whopping, distinction between man and animals, although I’ll grant you sometimes men act like animals and vice versa. (Gen. 1:20-28; Ps. 50:10,11; Jer. 27:5; 1 Cor. 1 :25,26)
Oh, BTW, every time men acted like a beast, God didn’t praise them but condemned them because, hello, God expects more from men than monkeys because men, not animals, were created in his image and are commanded to follow his ways. Duh. (Job 35:10,11; Ps. 32:9; Ps. 73:22; Prov. 26:3; Eccl. 12:13,14; Mt. 28:18-20; Heb. 9:27)
Oh, and one more BTW, Jesus died to save men not animals. Just an FYI, in case you were muddy on that issue. (Isa. 53:5,8; Rom. 5:12-19; 1 Tim. 2:4-6)
Look, both men and animals were created by God and are his, but he gave the stewardship role over the created order to men not raccoons. Can you imagine if raccoons ran everything? This place would be more jacked up than the United States under Obama’s care, maybe.
Now, just because man has dominion over the critters doesn’t mean he’s to abuse them. The Scripture’s replete with instructions regarding how mankind is to care for the planet’s four- footed, feathered and finny friends.
That said, there’s an allotment for the domestication of animals and the hunting of animals and the Bible is chock-full of holy folks that owned livestock, fished and hunted and made clothing out of their hides; and there’s not one gnarly passage that condemns any of the aforementioned. (Exo. 21:28,29; Dt. 22:1-4; 1 Sam. 12:3; Job 1:3; Isa. 1:3; Lk. 10:34; Lk. 19:30-35; Jn. 10:1-14)
The abuses of the created order comes when men detach themselves from the Scriptural edicts of the proper treatment of the earth and its natural resources and not when it attaches itself to the dictates of the Verbum Dei.
If a person looked to Scripture and paid particular attention to the passages within the Bible that address the topic of hunting, then they’d walk away thinking not only is hunting animals tolerated but it is endorsed by God. And that’s exactly what this little book is about: proving that God, from Genesis to Revelation, is extremely cool with hunters and hunting. I’ll go out on a biblical limb and claim right off the bat that you cannot show me, through the balance of the Bible, that the God of the Scripture is against the responsible killing and the grilling of the animals He created. ~Doug Giles