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They Aren't Just "Dumb Animals"

I have a 5 year old tomcat named Moses (he's shown in the picture below, which was taken a few years ago after he was caught red-handed shredding a cat food bag that he found in a trash can in the garage) who still often sits around when I'm writing on my home computer, sits around on me when I'm writing, all 17 or 18 pounds of him. At first, it was just sitting on my lap, but it became a matter of sitting on my lap with his front legs resting up on the desk, with his paws almost touching the keyboard (he sometimes takes a poke at the keyboard, producing a temporary gibberish 2 or 3 letters in whatever I'm writing - his "writing" actually once got inadvertently published in a study, for a few minutes) as he watches either my hands typing or whatever happens to be moving on the computer screen.

Moses The Cat He actually seems to "happy" when he's doing that (the look in his eyes when he turns around and looks up at me is almost child-like), just as he seems quite "unhappy" when I put him down after a while so that I can get things done. And why shouldn't he? Although God granted humans a little more intelligence and wisdom than (the rest of) the animals, that doesn't mean that they don't feel joy or sadness, pleasure or pain, just like humans - which makes any kind of senseless, needless cruelty to animals a crime, not just in man's eyes, but God's.

They Aren't Just "Dumb Animals"

Righteous people are not cruel to animals:

"A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel" (Proverbs 12:10 KJV)

Animals may not have the intelligence and wisdom of humans, but according to the Word of God, animals somehow know something that many humans don't know, or refuse to know - that humans didn't evolve from animals, but that God is the Creator of all:

"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of The Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind" (Job 12:7-10 KJV)

Although their potential is infinitely (literally) different, humans and (other) animals were created together, and exactly alike:

"I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts. For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? " (Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 KJV)

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