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Do animals have souls?


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I personally believe anything with consciousness has a soul.  From a Christian standpoint, we have articles like this:

 

https://www.biblesprout.com/articles/christian-life/animals-eternal-souls/?fbclid=IwAR1AiMAckzpb9RuqDhMQdXEkX3IVP08ShgigtJmbvqVWCl5k53lagEzQTlY

 

These articles say that the following Bible entry means animals don't have souls:

 

" said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?"

 

I disagree.  I feel that "Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth?" is obviously a question.  "Who knows?"  The author is stating he doesn't really know.  He would be contradicting himself if they did not have souls.

 

"All go to one place."

"what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same"

 

 

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