What of the Animals?

Posted Feb 19, 2011 by Russell Unterschultz in General Hits: 9,029

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26.

AdamWhen Adam sinned, why did the animals also become subject to death? The animals certainly did not sin after the manner of Adam, why should they then die? Is the answer to this question because that when God gave Adam dominion over the animal creation, Adam’s sin cut off the flow of life (God’s Holy Spirit that was given to Christ and then to Adam) to the rest of the creation? In other words, did Adam’s sin cut off the flow of God’s Holy Spirit through him to the rest of the creation here on earth, thus subjecting the innocent animals also to death? Was Adam a channel of God’s Holy Spirit to the animal creation in order for the animals also to have perpetual life? While Adam was maintaining allegiance to God and to Christ, was the creation being sustained through Adam by God’s Holy Spirit/ life? Was Adam the last link in the channel of God’s life to the creation?

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. Romans 8:20-22.

Under the curse of sin all nature was to witness to man of the character and results of rebellion against God. When God made man He made him rule over the earth and all living creatures. So long as Adam remained loyal to Heaven, all nature was in subjection to him. But when he rebelled against the divine law, the inferior creatures were in rebellion against his rule… {PP 59}

Does the answer to the question of why the animals became subject to death after Adam’s sin include the fact that by listening to Satan, Adam chose another master who had no life giving, nurturing, or sustaining power? By Adam’s fall, the dominion of the earth was given into the hands of a being that had previously sinned in heaven and cut off the flow of God’s life to himself. Thus, the whole creation became subject to a master that could not give or sustain life (be a channel for God’s blessing) and so the animals also became subject to death under the dominion of this new master.

What are your thoughts on this subject?