Life continues over the course of time through the process of regeneration. Vegetation, animals, and mankind all reproduce after like kind. If these things did not regenerate on their own, then all life would eventually come to an end. This was made possible by its Creator in the beginning.
It is also self-evident how all of these elements of life are needed to support one another:
- The plants give off oxygen, which is what we and the animals need to take in. And we and the animals give off carbon dioxide, which is what the plants need to take in.
- The plants provide us and the animals our nourishment, and our waste products provide the soil with what it needs to produce plants.
There is also a natural hierarchy of dominion where mankind has rule over all of the animals.
So when the Bible says…
And God blessed them [mankind]: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth [land], and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth [land].
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth [land], and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food: and to every beast of the earth [land], and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth [land], wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so. (Genesis 1:28-30 ASV)
No one can really argue with that. It seems pretty clear to us this is how mankind was meant to function in order to persist in existence: eating from the seed-bearing plants and trees for our food, caring for the birds, fish and animals that dwell among us, and reproducing after like kind.
Also, it seems wise to work in accordance with creation, not against it. This is what we mean when we say we are “walking according to the Creator’s ways”. Our desire is to live a more natural lifestyle, fulfilling the purpose set forth for us in order to sustain and further life on the land we’ve been allotted, not just for this generation, but for the generations to come.