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By David the Prince
This post will be discussing the primary reasons I believe the Father Almighty created the animals. It will be divided into a few topics with each being expounded upon.
To show us that He is the only God
This reason is based off of a very observable fact when we look at all of the creation. What we notice throughout all of creation is that there is a certain design pattern which is what we would expect if there was one Creator God. It's kind of like how when people are trying to figure out if a certain painter painted a painting they will look to see if that certain painting possesses a similar design pattern to that painter's other paintings and the reason for that is because a lot of artists, especially professional ones, have their own art style that is unique to them. And so with one Creator, we would expect to see similarities between us, elephants, dolphins, apes, birds, etc, or perhaps even plants for example. The Hebrew word mostly used for God in the Tanakh, "Elohim," is a majestic plural and also indicates God's sovereignty. The ending im usually indicates a plurality. Keep in mind that el or eloha means "a mighty one" or "force." As the pagans of the time believed in one god with power over this, one god with power over that, the Torah makes it clear that the entire creation was performed by Elohim, (i.e. by "All Forces" or "Almighty"). So when you see the word "Elohim" used for God it's basically calling Him the Almighty.
To show us His creative Power
When looking at God's creation, we can definitely observe His sovereign power and creative ability and this is no different with the animals. We can see how God created each kind of animal with their respective purposes and abilities-all contributing to the environment and various other things. Many kinds of aninals can't exist without other kinds of animals and many kinds of plants can't exist without some kinds of animals. The list goes on and on. So what we find is uniformity and harmony in nature-indicating a Creator.
For our Pleasure
This was apparent from the beginning: "And God blessed them; and God said unto them: ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that creepeth upon the earth.’" (Gen 1:28)
Animals are quite useful for many reasons. Among these are obviously stuff like food but also for other reasons how like certain kinds and breeds of animals help us with various tasks such as in the past horses have been useful for transportation.
By Anna Louison
Godmorning to you all,
I’ve been wondering a lot about the creation and life of dinosaurs seen from a Christian perspective. Is it possible that they never actually existed and that it’s a trick played on us by NASA, just like the earth is round theory? Or did God actually create these creatures on the 6th day? It just seems unnatural to me, that dinosaurs would have roamed the earth at the same time as Adam and Eve, but since God is almighty, would he have been able to create a hole in time and space and simply add these glorious creatures to a time before existence?
I’m really looking forward to a nice discussion and some truthful answers, so please keep it light. Have a wonderful day!
Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum! I’m so thankful for God’s work in my life and where’s He’s currently brought me. I got caught up in addiction for a couple years but He’s delivered me and set me free, Amen! I’m currently serving in a ministry and will be going out on missions this summer to Morocco, Turkey, Isreal, and Kyrgyzstan!
God is Faithful!
By Jonathan BeWell
I read the entire "Christian's going to hell" thread and was about to jump in with my own reply. I did not realize the limitations of this forum section. I suppose that is fine. I got a lot out of what was discussed but still struggle with some of it. I get all the points of views, proof, beliefs and such. I am not trying to call out or trap anyone. I am a baby Christian and have honest questions for clarification. I pray we can all come to an agreement on God's word and truth.
I was hoping we could base the discussion on Matthew 25 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+25&version=NIV ) and how it related to the thread I could not jump in on. My question is this. Does Matthew 25 add or take away from any and all posts made there by *everyone*?
I have more specific questions too. The ten virgins for starters, do they not represent Christians covered in the blood of Jesus? I am not clear on the oil in their lamps as well. I suppose it could relate to my above general question.
I am wrestling with all this. I believe I am a born again Christian. I have faith in my salvation. I am concerned about others I care for and love. I will elaborate and add more enquiries as this thread develops. May opportunities open to know and understand the Holy Trinity better. Be well, content and helpful in the Lord.