In Genesis 6:7, God says that He's going to wipe the human race from the earth because of their sinfulness. Then He adds that He's going to destroy all the animals along with them.
Why would God do this? Why are the animals being punished for humanity's sins? That doesn't sound fair!
we have to remember that in Genesis 1:28, God made humans the rulers
over the animals. And as the saying goes, everything rises and falls on
In Genesis 1:29-30, God gave humans and
animals permission to eat only plants. Everything was peaceful. It was
"very good". But after Adam and Eve sinned, creation fell with them.
Rather than remaining at peace with one another, the animals began
hunting one another, and fighting for territory. The sin of our first
parents had consequences for the whole created order. Even the ground
was changed because of their sin (Genesis 3:17-18).
sins carry consequences as well, and never just for us. Adam and Eve's
sins had consequences for the animals and the ground. The sins of the
people of Noah's day threatened to destroy every living thing. And our
sins affect everyone around us.
Think of the last time
you sinned, or fell short, of God's standard. What were the
consequences? I'm sure there was some affect on you, but it did someone
besides yourself become upset? Was someone's feelings hurt? If not -
maybe if no one knew what you did and so no one else seemed to be
affected - think about the good you could have been doing for someone
instead of doing... whatever it was you were doing. Or think about the
attitude that your sin gave you afterward that colored how you
interacted with the next person you saw.
always easy to see, but sin never affects just the person committing the
deed. The sin is either committed against someone else directly or
indirectly affects them through the loss of a benefit you otherwise
could have provided.
At its core, sin is selfishness
because it grants your (momentary, fleeting) desires above the good of
others. The sins of the people of Noah's day didn't just hurt them, and
our sins don't just hurt us.