Why did God make meat-eating animals?
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Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food (Genesis 1:30).
Genesis 6:13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:1–4
Once again, we can look to the Bible to give us the answer to our questions, Nickie. Originally, God did not create any meat-eating animals. All the animals were vegetarian, just like our Bible verse says. They were given every green herb (plants, grass, fruits, vegetables) for food. Now, eating all of those plants and vegetables and fruit might not be so easy without a good, sharp knife. And I believe that is why some animals have big, pointed, scary-looking teeth (well, scary in a fallen world)! After all, even some animals with sharp teeth today don’t necessarily eat only meat. For instance, the panda has very sharp teeth and yet for the most part it still pretty much eats bamboo plants.
Because of sin, violence and death came into the world. Now, many animals eat other animals. But the Bible tells us that one day Jesus will restore His creation to its perfect state. There will no longer be sickness or death, and animals won’t eat each other. What a glorious day that will be!