- 6 months agoFavorite Answer
The Bible does not give any explicit teaching on whether pets/animals have “souls” or whether pets/animals will be in heaven. However, we can use general biblical principles to develop some clarity on the subject. The Bible states that both man (Genesis 2:7) and animals (Genesis 1:30; 6:17; 7:15, 22) have the “breath of life”; that is, both man and animals are living beings. The primary difference between human beings and animals is that humanity is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), while animals are not. Being made in the image and likeness of God means that human beings are like God, capable of spirituality, with mind, emotion, and will, and they have a part of their being that continues after death. If pets/animals do have a “soul” or immaterial aspect, it must therefore be of a different and lesser “quality.” This difference possibly means that pet/animal “souls” do not continue in existence after death.
- PubliusLv 76 months ago
They don't HAVE souls. Like us, they ARE living souls, body and spirit together.
- OttoLv 76 months ago
No. Animals and humans are souls; They don't have a soul.Source(s): Bible
- Bill BLv 66 months ago
Biblically, there are two places where it specifically mentions the soul of an animal:
Job 12:10 In His hand is the SOUL of EVERY living thing and the breath of every human being!
Ecclesiastes 3:19-21 Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath, man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the SPIRIT of the animal goes down into the earth?
I would also suggest you check out "Souls of Animals" by Gary Kowalski.
While not Biblical nor have I personally experienced this (yet), the Rainbow Bridge:
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- PaulLv 66 months ago
No. Our immortal souls, spiritual nature and moral conscience are what make us fully human, rather than simply intelligent animals. Animals, having no spiritual nature or immortal soul, are born, grow up, die, and cease to exist. Understandably, some people who are attached to their dear pets, want to imagine having them being with them in Heaven. However, how could our adopting them give them eternal life? Do wild dogs and cats go to Heaven? Tigers? Wolves? Skunks? Porpoises? Did dinosaurs go to Heaven? If not, then God has not granted eternal life to animals. So, how could our buying an animal at the pet store endow that animal with eternal life?
- Anonymous6 months ago
Earth’s First Souls. The initial occurrences of neʹphesh are found at Genesis 1:20-23. On the fifth creative “day” God said: “‘Let the waters swarm forth a swarm of living souls [neʹphesh] and let flying creatures fly over the earth . . .’ And God proceeded to create the great sea monsters and every living soul [neʹphesh] that moves about, which the waters swarmed forth according to their kinds, and every winged flying creature according to its kind.” Similarly on the sixth creative “day” neʹphesh is applied to the “domestic animal and moving animal and wild beast of the earth” as “living souls.”—Ge 1:24.
After man’s creation, God’s instruction to him again used the term neʹphesh with regard to the animal creation, “everything moving upon the earth in which there is life as a soul [literally, in which there is living soul (neʹphesh)].” (Ge 1:30) Other examples of animals being so designated are found at Genesis 2:19; 9:10-16; Leviticus 11:10, 46;24:18; Numbers 31:28; Ezekiel 47:9. Notably, the Christian Greek Scriptures coincide in applying the Greek psy·kheʹ to animals, as at Revelation 8:9; 16:3, where it is used of creatures in the sea.
Thus, the Scriptures clearly show that neʹphesh and psy·kheʹ are used to designate the animal creation lower than man.
- 6 months ago
Yes of course don’t be stupid. This why Indians of America prayed after they hunt
- oldprofLv 76 months ago
Depends on what religion you use as reference. Christians believe only humans have souls. In fact Judaism and Islam say nothing about animals having souls. All three admonish us to treat animals fairly, but there is nothing in the scriptures about them having souls. But...
Hindus and Sikhs believe that both humans and animals have eternal souls that through this process of rebirth can be purified. Buddhists do not believe in eternal souls per se, but do believe that both human and animals have a Buddha-nature and therefore the possibility of becoming enlightened.
- 6 months ago
Animals like humans are souls, we do not have something inside us that survives dearth.
- yesmarLv 76 months ago
Yes, many of them do, many of them will live again, especially our beloved pets. Of this there is no doubt.Source(s): Jesus follower
- Anonymous6 months ago
No they aren't from Gods image