Do Animals Have Souls?

Why wouldn't they?

Well on they say this:

Let’s get back to the $64,000.00 question (boy, I dated myself with that one): Do animals have souls that are eternal? Do they live beyond the grave like human souls? Will I see my pet cat in heaven? After all this foundational theology, the simple answer is… no. There is something very special about humans. They are set apart from the animal kingdom and it’s NOT just a matter of intelligence. The Bible tells us that it is a matter of ‘image’. Our nature is different in that we have been created in the image of God. The writers of the Declaration of Independence got it right. HUMANS are created equally, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. We are unique in that regard. We have a moral, spiritual and self awareness that allows us to make a CHOICE for God.


And according to the scripture, Heaven is the realm of those who made the choice to surrender to and worship the God of the universe. Heaven is the realm of those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior:


John 3:15-16

…everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life


John 5:24

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.


The ability to accept Jesus as Savior is unique to humans. We are in the image of God and this means that we have those three distinct qualities that separate us from other animals. As a result, we find ourselves seeking God and finding Him incarnate: Jesus Christ. Other animals simply cannot do this and therefore their souls DON’T have the ability to do what human souls were designed to do… enter heaven through a relationship with Jesus.

Still Think It Stinks?

This doesn’t mean that God doesn’t like animals. In fact, there may be animals in the new earth and heaven that God will create for us, but you and I won’t find our pets there. These animals will have to be new creations with new souls, if there are any animals there at all. But while you may be tempted to be a bit angry that your pets won’t join you in the next life, a better response might simply be to try to recognize just how special YOU are in the eyes of God. You and I have been created in His image, and He loves us enough to provide us with a way home. And every time you start to focus on the ‘sad’ plight of the animals that won’t be with us in heaven, take a minute to think about the HUMAN friends that we have who either continue to reject the truth in their rebellion, and those who haven’t yet heard the truth about Jesus. These folks face the same fate as the animal kingdom and they HAVE been created in God’s image with the capacity to enter into eternal life. We ought to be on our knees for a couple of reasons. First, to ask God to open the hearts of the men and women in our world, and second to thank Him that He’s already done that for us.


 Bummer huh? But I think if animals were given a choice to love God, they would do so! I think this view better. I couldn't have SAID it better!

Do Animals Have Souls?

by Stacy Mantle

I was talking with a coworker the other day and he informed me that animals do not have emotions. This is just after he told me (the day that I put my dog of 17yrs down) that animals do not have souls and therefore will never enjoy the concept of heaven. Now, this coworker has the disadvantage of being, what I refer to, as a "bible-thumper." He is, in fact, a born-again Christian. Please bear in mind that I have nothing against Christians, nor do I have anything against religion in general. I do, however, have a problem with this coworker passing along faulty information.

Animals do have emotions and they also have souls, and I'll tell you how I know that. In over twenty years of working with animals, I have never seen a kitten duct-tape a live human baby to a freeway. I also have never seen a cat find enjoyment from setting a human on fire. I've never gone hiking in the desert to find a child that dogs have left tied to a stake, without food and water, subjecting it to a painful death in the desert heat. I have never seen a chicken force two unwilling humans to fight in a ring with razor blades attached to their feet while the chickens place bets on who will be the first to die. I haven't seen a puppy place eight children in a gunnysack and drown them in a river. Neither have I seen an eagle aim a shotgun at an unarmed human. I have yet to see a bear kill a human simply to place a head on the wall of their cave. And to this day, I have not seen a pigeon drive a car down the road and aim for humans who were walking around the park.

Let me tell you what I have seen. I have seen my own cats sleep next to me so they may keep me a little warmer while I was ill. I've seen my dogs play games with me just to force a smile to my face. I have seen a cat rush into a burning home not once, not twice, but six times to save her kittens, nearly losing her own life in the process. I have seen a ferret pull a frightened kitten out of a deep hole in the ground. I have seen a coyote fetch another dog so that it may get the proper medical care that it needs. I've seen a dog, who loves to jump on people, avoid jumping on me when I injured my back. I've seen elephants cry. I've seen monkeys scream in empathy when one of their own were injured. I've seen puppies whine all night long when they were separated from their mothers. I've seen a dog pull a child away from a fire.

These are only a few of the things that I've seen. To list them all would take a lifetime, and I think you get my point. As for the soul thing? Well, it is my humble opinion that if you have emotions, any kind of emotions, then you have a soul. Ironically, the pope of the Roman Catholic Church recently stated that he feels the same way.

Now, I can't prove that animals have souls. But then, I can't prove that you or I have one either. And for all those people who firmly believe that animals don't have souls - well, I suppose if there really is a heaven, you'll probably have the job of cleaning out all the litter boxes...

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1 Response Mar 14, 2010

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