Can Animals Sin?


Sin is breaking the law of God (I John 3:4).  The law of God says such things as do not lie, do not steal, etc.  These are moral commands and are intended for people, not animals.  Animals don’t have moral beliefs, nor do they have consciences.  Also, animals are not made in the image of God as mankind is (Genesis 1:26), and are not under the moral laws intended for people.  Therefore, they can’t sin.  Animals work off of instinct, not off of moral purpose or obligation to honor God, and not with any spiritual connection to God.

Adam represented all mankind and the animal kingdom.  When he sinned, the world was affected by it.  Through him sin entered the world (Romans 5:12), which is why we have plagues, famines, etc.  Until Adam sinned, there is no record in the Bible about any animal dying.  God clothed Adam and Eve with the coat/skin of an animal/animals (Genesis 3:21).

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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