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Killing Innocent Animals

What justification did Almighty God have for killing the innocent animals to put clothes(skins) on Adam and Eve?

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 ---Mima on 3/14/08
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I agree with Eloy. God doesn't need justification for anything. He created everything. I can scarcely think of a more powerful reminder of the penalty for sin...the shedding of blood. What justification do we have that Christ's innocent blood was shed for our sins?
---Todd1 on 5/28/08

400 cases of child abuse in Texas ? What about the hundreds of couples wanting to adopt in Texas. But Abortion on demand activist's for the multi- billion dollar abortion industry pays off politicians to make adoption almost impossible..
---frank on 5/9/08

God is God needs zero justification for any thing at all: For God can kill every thing and all things that he himself has made alive.
---Eloy on 4/20/08

There is an Australian saying-'kill a whale and go to gaol, kill a kid and make a quid.' Here if you swim within so many metres of a whale you can end up in gaol (jail) but you can set yourself up to butcher unborn children and get rich!!!!!

People object to the execution of murders or killing animals but think killing defenceless children is no problem.

How can this be?
---Warwick on 4/19/08

Notlaw yes they are 'clinical facilities' where God's creation-created in His image- is shredded and mainly for financial reasons. Do you actually know what techniques are used to kill and remove the living child?

Do you care or is it just a 'clinical' exercise for you?
---Warwick on 4/19/08

Frank, there are no abortion death camps, there are simply clinical facilities that provide law full Christian alternatives to problem pregnancies. When you force a women to have a child who does not want one all you create is a bad parent and a case of child abuse and we are currently processing 401 pitiful cases of child abuse in the Texas courts. The problem is in-discriminant reproduction. Bot I would trade 50 Million abortions against one case of Child Abuse any time.
---notlaw99 on 4/18/08

50 million American Babys murdered in the abortion death camps and we worry about animal skins. Insanity is taught in our university's. Our people have gone mad. Father, Send forth your mighty hand......
---frank on 4/18/08

Maybe God wanted to show us that we come above the animals. When it is cold and there is not enough warmth in wool, then skins are a good way of keeping warm. Animals do not have souls, as far as I know. They do, however, have senses above most people's human ones.
---frances008 on 4/9/08

What justification did Almighty God have for killing the innocent animals to put clothes(skins) on Adam and Eve?
Innocent animals sould not be killed because they don't harm (exept for dogs and cats we don't eat them right?) We have no rights to kill innocent animals that were put by god and not meant to hurt? If you don't agree with this you should see a movie that called ''Conoce lo que comes'' the title is on spanish, but the movie is on english. BY: A 6th grader
---Sergio on 4/9/08

If He needs no justification, why are you acting/asking as though He does?

He made the animals (there's plenty more where they came from).
---greg on 3/20/08

as far as i know god needs no justification for anything he does.he is god.RIGHT?IAM SURE if god had wanted he could have made a 3 piece suit for adam,and a sun dress for eve,but he chose to kill and cover them with skins.animals aren,t guilty or innocent they are just animals.
---tom2 on 3/20/08

1) In verses 28-30 in Genesis 1 God describes how man and animals are to exists. In verse 28 God gives to man authority over all that was created on earth. Man is to take care of and use the earth. Man is to have the authority over all that was created. This means that man is to ensure the control and protection of all that God had created.
---Court7646 on 3/18/08

2)Many are for protecting every animal no matter the cost both to mankind and to the animals. Notice though what God does after the sin of man. Genesis 3 gives to us the details of the first sin man commits. In verse 21 God prepares for mankind a covering out of skin, for the first time an animal dies. Because of man's sin death has entered the world. However, for our discussion on animals it is important to understand that the animals are to be used by men for our needs.
---Court7646 on 3/18/08

3) In Genesis 9 there is a change between man and animal. Up until this point in history animals were not used as food. However, God now puts certain animals in the diet of mankind. God also puts fear into the animals, so that they fear mankind. Again animals are used as to fill the needs of men. However, God continues His command in verse 2 to watch over these animals.
---Court7646 on 3/18/08

4) We are to control the numbers of animals so disease and sickness do not kill them off, we are to use the animals for our needs, we are to control animals in a manner in which they are not harmful to humans, and finally we should protect them from over-killing and abuse. The problem lies in the fact that many do not understand this balance and tend to over protect or under protect animals. Animals were created for you and I to enjoy, so protecting a remnant for others to enjoy is also proper.
---Court7646 on 3/18/08

Don't you find it more puzzling that after "eating" a fruit (if that was what happened) Adam and Eve covered their sexual parts? They did it with leaves but God used "animal skin". Even more appropriate.
---mikefl on 3/17/08

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Mima, you still havent explained what an "innocent animal" is.
---NurseRobert on 3/17/08

1) You might be getting the actions of the world, confused and mixed-up with the liberating action of the Lord? Your focus is on the natural (skin) of the sacrifice instead of the spiritual intent of the sacrifice? In this world all things are spirit & body, we are spirit soul & body. The part of the animal sacrifice that was its spirit was to cover the sins of the soul and the part of the animal sacrifice that was its body (skin) was used to cover the nakedness & shame of the body.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/17/08

2) People, who seek to obtain animal skin only for the purpose of having the animals skin, are just killing. Those people who try to stand on Gen.3:21 to justify their action when they seek to just obtaining the skins of animal are wrong. That is not what the Lord was doing at that time or any other time He sanctioned the sacrificing of animals.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/17/08

"The Lord God made coats of skins and clothed them" Gen. 3:21 I doubt that God used some other kind of skins but that of an animal.
IMHO I think we believe that animals are innocent because we have been taught that they do not have the ability to reason, as a person does.
---NVBarbara on 3/17/08

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This scripture from Genesis 3:21 "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them." Has some significant As regards this question. Since animals have skins to obtain a skin might mean the killing of an animal. I believe it does mean this and I believe the animal Kingdom allowed itself to be used to deceive the woman. And of course, I invite all criticism of this view.
---Mima on 3/17/08

ShaunMT::Ha Ha (Romans 3:23) will Mima ever learn to solve his own baffle gab.Barbara.S once sang "Let me entertain you"Thanks
Mima do animals have souls??Happy Easter amyway.Blessings*<:-)
---Emcee on 3/17/08

Hi, I liked the first answer and I just want to add that, well, being God, He needed nobody's permission or justification to kill the animals. He is Lord of all and can do whatever He wants whenever He wants. :)
---Mary on 3/16/08

Right on NVB-atonement by Blood which is why people offered sacrifices in the OT this was replaced by Jesus in matt26,28
---Emcee on 3/16/08

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The animal was no longer innocent for all have sinned & come short of the glory of God (Rom.3:23).
---Shawn.M.T on 3/15/08

The Lord made a sacrifice. There is a difference between killing and sacrifice.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/15/08

Our Heavenly Father is "Just" and the Wisdom of His actions are valid because His Word will not return void.
---Shawn.M.T on 3/15/08

Innocent? What is it that make an animal innocent? What about a plant? Why pick, kill and eat it? Isn't that plant innocent? Look, the tree of life was NOT given to the animals to keep them from dying. They, just as Adam and Eve, were going to die regardless of any sin. They were created mortal. The tree of life was given only for Adam, as a choice (test) to see if he was worthy to teach the truth to a world of sinners outside of the garden, which had been created many thousands of years before Adam.
---Dr.Rich on 3/15/08

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So, you would judge God???

As much as you love animals, God loves people more, and he wanted us to undertand the seriousness of sin, and that sin brings death. Also, that sin would cost the death of his only son. A picture is worth a thousand words, in its effectiveness.
---Gayla on 3/15/08

To cover their sins!
---Shawn.M.T on 3/15/08

I never read that God killed any animal to do this. We just suppose he did but don't you think that if he wanted to he could have just created it?
One more thing I was thinking. Now that there was sin in the world already, I doubt that the animals were innocent,seeing that creation had fallen.
---john on 3/15/08

Mima: I'll ask you a question. What justification did Almighty God have for killing Jesus to put robe of righteousness on sinners like you and me?
---jerry6593 on 3/15/08

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(1) Did He kill them, Himself? It says, "Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them." This is Genesis 3:21. Ones say getting these skin clothes made involved shedding of the blood of the innocent animals used to get their skin. And, that this shedding of innocent animal blood is a symbolic prophesy of how Jesus so-innocent would shed His blood for us the guilty so we would be clothed with righteousness. (2) >
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/15/08

Well, I understand that in early scripture we have various things which indeed are symbolically prophetic of Jesus, for example the slaying of the Passover lamb before the Exodus representing how Jesus would be the sacrificial lamb slain for us. So, if God shed innocent animals' blood in order to cover Adam and Eve, this could represent how Jesus Christ's innocent blood needed to be shed in order for us to be clothed, and our shame and nakedness of sin covered. (3) >
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/15/08

(3) But Genesis 3:21 does not say God actually killed any animals. He "made" those "tunics of skin" for them (o: Our **Creator*** could have "made" them, by c-r-e-a-t-i-n-g them (o:

So, I must consider . . . people who say He killed innocent animals either are assuming this, OR you have received divine revelation in addition to what the Bible actually says (o: (4) >
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/15/08

(4) IF God killed innocent animals . . . justification could include (a) to prophetically fortell how innocent blood would be shed for sins that we may have life, (b) possibly the skins would keep Adam and Eve alive > these two humans were the only two God had, while He could possibly have had enough animals of the kind killed to reproduce more, (c) the animals volunteered in order to please Him, maybe (o: Wouldn't *you* so desire to please God?
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/15/08

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What constitutes an "innocent animal?" Is it the sheep in the field? The cat that will kill the mouse? The Lion that hunts down other animals and kills the?

Tell me Mima... just what constitutes an innocent animal?
---NurseRobert on 3/15/08

Before they sinned, they were naked but wasn't ashamed. Gen 2:25. They sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves, after their eyes were opened. God made them coats from animal skins because they saw and knew they were naked, and they were ashamed. Just because God used animal skins to cover them up, doesn't mean he killed animals just for their skin.
---Rebecca_D on 3/14/08

God is righteous and therefore must punish sin."the wages of sin is death."Rom. 6:23 instead of humans suffering for their sin, God in His love for mankind allowed animals to die in their place, only until God came in the flesh (Jesus) and died for our sins, which was done cause "its not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could TAKE AWAY sins", Heb. 10:4, animal sacrifices were done to COVER man's sins only, so they wouldn't suffer from God's righteous wrath for their sins.
---Danny on 3/14/08

How do you define "innocent animal?" Animals don't have souls as man does. God knows what our bodies need to keep nurished so He gave us plants and animals for meat. It has it in black and white in the Bible. Man has been eating meat for tens of thousands of years and it was just within the past century that man has questioned if animals have souls and, therefore, innocent.
---Steveng on 3/14/08

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You might as well ask what was the justification for killing the thousands of innocents during the Tsunami a few years ago (even if you don't think the adults were innocent, what about the children, animals, etc.?)

There are no easy answers to such questions.
---StrongAxe on 3/14/08

I always thought they used fig leaves.
---sue on 3/14/08

Almighty God does not have to justify anything HE does. But, I agree with Barb's comments about it being the first sacrifice.
---Susie on 3/14/08

Actually, the "garments of skin" was a change in the physical natures of Adam and Eve to protect them from direct contact with the spirit world in general and demons in particular.

There's NOTHING to suggest that any animals were killed in this passage. And why would God make a blood sacrifice to Himself? HMMMMM????
---Jack on 3/14/08

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We now have the first example of man-made religion in history. Religion is any attempt to clothe ourselves apart from the righteousness of Christ. [fig leaves] >>>>Great Biblical doctrine. The innocent dying for the guilty. Is your answer. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust. That He might bring us to God. Being put to death in the flesh but quickened by the Spirit. [1 Peter 3:18]
---catherine on 3/14/08

It was done to cover their nakedness. More importantly it was the first blood sacrifice. It would be remembered through time that Jesus, the '2nd' Adam' would shed his blood for us.
---NVBarbara on 3/14/08

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