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Posted On: 2017-05-31 09:15:39
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Do Animals have souls?

Do animals have souls? are they themselves souls? Will they be saved from the corruption of sin? Does Jesus gift of salvation extend to animals? Would animals exist in paradise? Your answers are appreciated.

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1 week 3 days ago

The traditional rendering of the Hebrew word neʹphesh and the Greek word psy·kheʹ. In examining the way these terms are used in the Bible, it becomes evident that they basically refer to (1) people, (2) animals, or (3) the life that a person or an animal has. (Ge 1:20; 2:7; Nu 31:28; 1Peter 3:20; also ftns.) In contrast to the way that the term “soul” is used in many religious contexts, the Bible shows that both neʹphesh and psy·kheʹ, in connection with earthly creatures, refer to that which is material, tangible, visible, and mortal. In this translation, these original-language words have most often been rendered according to their meaning in each context, using such terms as “life,” “creature,” “person,” “one’s whole being,” or simply as a personal pronoun (for example, “I” for “my soul”).
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Ecclesiastes 3:18-20 I also said in my heart about the sons of men that the true God will test them and show them that they are like animals, 19 for there is an outcome for humans and an outcome for animals; they all have the same outcome. As the one dies, so the other dies; and they all have but one spirit. So man has no superiority over animals, for everything is futile. 20 All are going to the same place. They all come from the dust, and they all are returning to the dust.
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1 month 1 week ago

They sure do. Want absolute proof of that watch that Video of Polar Bears hugging Dogs! OMG :)



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OMG, this Video is unbelievable!
Are these Polar bears Naturally interacting with these Dogs in such loving gentle way or are they somewhat trained to do so? If they are natrually doing so, this is 100% proof of what Soul Animals have and that they understand love and affection as we Humans do. OMG :)
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I think the key difference is that at creation Gods Spirit breathed into man and he became a living spirit able to commune with and worship God in spirit. In this sense i am not sure that animals are saved like humans because they dont have a spiritual side but clearly they do have personality and they may well have some sense of their creator. I think there could be animals of some kind in heaven and God may well surprise us.
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2 weeks 5 days ago
All I have to so to know Animals have Soul is to think of all the moments I have had living with my Dogs and Cats. I think the sooner we all become Vegetarian, the sooner we can save our Souls.
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1 week 6 hours ago
In my opinion, for sure animals have a soul. Most of people around me believe this as well. However I cannot answer about if Jesus gift of salvation extend to animals :(
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Yes, the question is do (some) Humans have Soul? Such as the people in US Government that keep bringing about War after War after War and resulting death and destruction, from Iraq to Libya, and now Trump talking about Nuclear War on North Korea. Soulless People :(

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I think they have..I've seen a picture that really shocked me.A girl throwing her dog's ashes to the sky, and the wind blowing the ashes to the dog shape. :(
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WOW. That is amazing. But I believe it. After my beloved Corgi died I swear I saw her in a form of a cloud in the Sky looking down at me. Miss her 2 much :(
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That is so Sad when your Dog dies :(
I just f***g hate it how short Dog lives R.
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Yes, that is one great defect of Dogs. That they die so early and leave us with the memories of what Angels they were among us :(

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Great question, great answer from Berrington. But do not underestimate the the power of the command(ment); for "In the beginning was the WORD...and the word was with GOD.... and the word was GOD...and God SAID..." What can we understand from this? possibly that before Speech existed there was only God; and God was a word, the Only word; an all powerful word; and as Berrington intimates, when the
word was made manifest through God's command "Let there be..." that command was irresistible. However, the introduction of man, not through commandment but by creation, might suggest that God in his loneliness, created a being in his own image; and breathed life into him. And filled him with the spirit of Life, that is to say a glimpse of Godliness, or God Consciousness. I can not agree with any suggestion that animals do not possess a Soul, and lack God Consciousness. Animals, have eyes, ears, nostrils, they eat, sleep, and multiply, all living things function in very much the same way......
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BUT, it may be fair to suggest that although animals possess God Consciousness, the difference between animal and man is that animal was not made in God's image. This may be the strongest (if not the only) difference between Man and Beast. Man maybe an extension of God. Hence, "the fear of him and the dread of him shall be upon them." But at some point, animals lost their fear and dread of Man, (probably when Man started eating the food designated for the animal.
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Because his own food was no longer readily available). All flesh is therefore proven corruptible. But if animals are made redeemable for paradise. How different from this world would Paradise be? Is not this world a preparation for an after life that is superior; flawless; unimaginable; from perfection unto perfection.
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2 months 4 weeks ago
Nice thoughts. But I still think Animals better not eaten and rather should be admired and friended since they bring so much Joy and Relaxation to us.
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2 months 3 weeks ago
Great answer @mikeygee. One of the differences btw a man and an animal is that man was "made" in the "image" of God but animals were words or utterances of God.
Image: a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible. Source dictionary.com
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The statement made "in" God's image suggests that man was created to reflect God's spiritual nature.i.e God's life.

The Albert Einstein Memorial, a "lifeless" image molded in the likeness of Albert Einstein located in Washington DC reflects or represents the "physical nature" of albert einstein. In a similar vein, man, a "live" image created in the likeness of God reflects God's life. The image of Einstein reflects einstein's physical attributes but man who was "made" in the image of...
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..God was "made" to reflect the life or consciousness of God so while the image of einstein reflects einstein's physical earthly nature, the image of God reflects God's heavenly life, breath or Spirit. On the other hand, animals were "not"made in God's image meaning animals are not a mirror expression of God's life. They are reflections/manifestations of God's utterances.
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Command:"To direct with specific authority or prerogative; order:
utter:to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce: Source dictionary.com
An animal is an instruction of God be this and then they are that. An instruction or a commandment is a "specific" idea or a concept in a "vast" mind.This "specific" idea or concept is brought into being by being spoken forth audibly which explains why animals are restricted to a "specific" consciousness a goat forever eats grass and does not wear...
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.. clothes but man can evolve because man is more than just a mere commandment.
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@sarah I think the choice of eating or not eating animals should lie with the individual's conscience. Some people would argue that plant life also has consciousness and so eating them would mean killing life. They could also argue that plants constitute the beauty of nature. Plants grow, they 'drink' water. They use light during photosynthesis so they have a degree of consiousness and eating them would equally mean destroying life. Also, plants beautify the environment so eating them..
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2 months 3 weeks ago
would mean destroying the beauty of nature. As humans we are designed to eat so we have to 'destroy' life in some form in order to survive.

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