“The life of an ant, and that of my child, should be granted equal consideration.” — Michael Fox, former Humane Society of the United States vice president.
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, he made man, and gave him a command, to dress and keep His creation. Man is made to keep creation, not to worship it. However, men such as Erasmus and Charles Darwin, in the seventeen eighteen hundreds, brought a new theology to the table. Well, actually this theology was not new, it had been around for a long time, however, the old idea had been given a new wrapping. According to these "scientists" nature was now our mother, and, if their system was taken logically, all forms of life should be granted equal consideration as all are from the same biochemical solution. The only thing that separates us from the rat is a few evolutions of mother nature's great wheel of fortune. We have no right, under this system, to think we are better than the monkeys because we happen to walk on the ground rather than hang from trees.
According to this theory, we must not go whaling, we must not go fishing, we must not kill animals. To take this idea to its final, logical conclusion is that it is better for man to die, for he can only live at the expense of the planet, and that is, after all, not fair to the poor flies who have just as much right to live as he does. Thus, nature becomes God, it created itself, and should be left alone.
However, this is diametrically opposed to what we read in Scripture, that man is to bring the works of the Creator under his control, that he is to harness the beautiful gift of this planet that God has given us, and that we are to do it all for His glory.
A child and an ant are not in the same category, one is created in the image of God, the other is a brute, non reasoning thing. We are not to waste or use irresponsibly the gifts of God, but we should have no shame or guilt in using them. That is one of the main reasons for man's existence, to glorify God through dominion.
Romans 1:20-23 "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."
Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott