If there is God and he created animals, Why do animals eat each other for survival?

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  • k w
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    you answered your own question.......

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  • Paul
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Why wouldn't they? What does that have to do with God bringing them into existence?

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  • 1 month ago

    All animals consume other beings for survival. Without predators, herbivores would multiply to the point of starvation. God wanted things to be in some sort of a balance.

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  • 1 month ago

    Because thats how life evolved. In the beginning, life only ate sunlight. But when the weather goes bad, sunlight disappears and life had to find another way.

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  • John S
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Good question.. seems weird, right?

    Here are my thoughts on this.......

    1) God's original plan for us was perfection - no pain, no suffering, no violence, no sadness, no death, at all. However, he gave human biengs, his highest creation, a CHOICE - a choice of HOW it would all play out.  WOULD this universe and everything in it cooperate with God's plan -- OR would the Universe be separated from God, broken.

    We obviously chose the latter.   So the Universe is in its current state because of OUR choice (or original choice).

    It is imperfect, because we kinda made it that way. 

    He gave mankind a single choice of HOW we would use our freewill and we chose to not trust in his plan, his paradise. 

    So it may seem fantastical or 'weird'  - but according to Christianity, the state of nature is a direct result of our (human) choice to use our freewill to break with God's plan. 

    The Universe, in a sense, reflects the fractured and screwed up relationship we have with God. 

    It's that way cause we MADE it that way through our disobedience.

    2) Animals eat each other because they need amino acids to create proteins in order to repair and sustain themselves. Other animals are a prime source of amino acids (proteins). Their digestive systems and instincts have evolved over time to be able to digest other animal proteins and NOT plant proteins. 

    This is kinda elementary or middle school biology -- so it is an incomplete answer, but part of the overall answer to your question.

    3) From a purely scientific standpoint, there is nothing that a non-theist should see as wrong with consuming another animal. As mentioned in #2 - it is a way to get proteins and even recycle protein matter - recombining it back into a more useful form. 

    4) From a philosophical standpoint - if a human being consumes an animal, then in a sense, that animal's life is elevated because its incorporated into the body of the human being (by digestion and building new proteins) and thus their life, in a sense, contributes to the life of a higher being. (assuming human beings are a higher form of life than a cow or raccoon or zebra or whatever). So in a way, it is a good thing to consume animals, because they get a chance to contribute to the life of a higher life form - so their own life is not in vain, but serves a higher purpose. 

    In the case of animals eating other animals - you could make a similar argument - that the life of a gazelle or a zebra lives on, in a matter of speaking IN the body of the Lion or predator. Their proteins are 'recycled' in a sense and thus contribute to the life of another. 

    5) The current state of the Universe - sin, eating animals, war, famine, natural disasters, is temporarily. Almost every religion believes that there will be a 'change' at some point and God will fix or rectify the imbalances, bring everything back to perfection. 

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    So in conclusion:

    - eating each other was NOT God's original plan

    - it is the result of our BREAK with God's original plan

    - if we find it revolting or 'weird' - this should serve as a sign to us of the broken status of the Universe - how it is NOT in accord with God's original plan. It is a sign that we are imperfect and everything around us shows remnants of that brokeness. 

    - We should look forward to a future state where God comes back and reunites us BACK to him in perfect relationship and this world fades away and a new one is established.

     

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  • the Circle of life....toughen up buttercup

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  • Terry
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Right now, according to the Bible, the whole earth is under Satan's evil rule. That includes the animals. It's not going to be that way much longer. Take a look:

    What Is God's Purpose For The Earth?

    https://www.jw.org/en/library/books/real-faith/god...

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  • yesmar
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It would appear that things have deviated from the initial design.

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  • 1 month ago

    One fact doesn't have anything to do with the other fact.

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  • 1 month ago

    They have no souls so it doesn’t matter 

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