Do Animals Have Souls?

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 14th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/40d0mm_l/
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Christians like to believe that there is a rainbow bridge which we will once again be acquainted with our beloved animals who have passed over.

Introduction

There is nothing more important to Christian animal lovers than to know that their animals will meet them in heaven when their time here on earth is over. We need the comfort of knowing that our loyal friends will be there for us. We cannot bear to think that we will be eternally separated from our animals anymore than we can bear to think that we will be eternally separated from our human loved ones. How could a loving God do such a thing?

The love of God

Could our God who gave the ultimate sacrifice, his very own son, eternally separate mortals from love? I contend that love comes in many forms, and thus includes the love for our animals, and I believe that our God would not separate us from that love either.

I know the skeptic will say, "Woman get a grip on yourself! You are talking about animals. You can't compare love for humans with love for animals. Humans are far superior creatures."

My retort to these skeptics would be, "you can't compare love." Love is love, there are no degradations for love, you either love or you do not. Love is an emotion freely given. It is the ultimate feeling; in other words you give it everything you have.

Love is not the same as like, which is a lesser feeling that can be quantified. You can like one person more than another, but when you love that person you give it your all. You put your heart and soul into that love. It is the highest form of emotion.

Similarly when you give your all, you can give it to more than one person. You can love your spouse, you can love your children, and you can love your best friend. There are no limitations on how many people you can love.

Since we can love more than one person at a time, we can love more than one creature at a time. We can give that all we got kind of love to our animals as well. Just ask Mark Crider, or Bill Walker, or Barbara Weymouth, Clara Wersterfer, Rosanne Catalano, the list goes on with the names of people who have given that kind of unconditional love (members of Storytime Tapestry E-Zine).

Rainbow bridge

There are many websites which have surfaced over the years addressing the concept of the rainbow bridge, a place where animals and their owners reunite after they pass over:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind please go to the site for the full details.

It is very comforting for humans to have this hope that someday they will see their pets. In some ways it eases the pain though not entirely. There will always be that empty place left in the heart left for (insert your own pet's name here) Ms. Doogie, Ming Toy, Tuffy, Seti, and others.

Blessing animals

Cannon Horace Baugh, an Anglican Priest from Montreal, understood how much we feel for our animals and how important the concept of an animal soul is to Christians. He inaugurated the annual blessing of the pets ceremony on Mount Royal 56 years ago. He died on July 22, 2007 at the age of 91. For the complete story of this wonderful man's life visit: here

Conclusion

Recently there have been many articles surfacing about how the bible does not present proof that an animal has a soul. Could it be once more that the skeptics are just looking for what they want to find? On the most basic level one can argue that if you believe then there is; no more proof is necessary.

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe."
Saint Augustine

You don't have to convince Bill Walker about that. He runs the Rainbow Bridge series in Storytime Tapestry, a favourite series for many readers.

Besides Cannon Baugh, are there other men of God who believe in the soul and a place in heaven for our furry friends?

It is believed that Saint Augustine believed in the animal soul.

Saint Francis of Assisi said, "All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man, God wants us to help animals, if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected."

Therefore by inference if we have souls and animals are our brothers, they have souls as well.

Here is what some bible dictionaries have to report on this matter of great importance:

The Hasting's bible dictionary:

"Soul is throughout a great part of the Bible simply the equivalent of 'life' embodied in living creature.

Therefore I ask, are not our animals living creatures?

The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says:


"Soul has various shades of meaning in the Old Testament, which may be summarized as follows: Soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, appetite, emotion and passion."

"Nephesh or soul, can only denote the individual life with a material organization or body."

"In the New Testament 'psuche' appears under more or less similar conditions as in the Old Testament."

Young's Concordance defines both nephesh and psuche as "animal soul."

Strong's Concordance defines nephesh as, "A breathing creature, an animal; or, abstractly, vitality." Psuche it likewise defines as "The animal, sentient principle."

MEANINGS OF NEPHESH.

(1) A breathing body, a living creature
(2) Animal life, an animal.
(3) Functions, qualities of human creatures.
You can go to the following site for the rest of the article.
http://www.learnbible.net/soul.html
Finally, I conclude my article by directing you to where Jack Wintz, O.F.M. offers ten reasons why he believes the bible supports the concept that animals have souls, in his article: Will I see my Little Doggy in Heaven?
I hope that this article has put a number of good human souls at peace.

I hope that this article has set a number of good human souls at peace.

Note to our Pets:
Don't worry our animal friends we will be with you shortly. The candle that was your life and the spirit that you had on earth shines eternally as does the love within our human hearts. We know we will meet you again at the rainbow bridge, wait for us, we are coming.


All photos are taken from the public domain

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Mar 2015 (#)

A great treatise, thanks Carol. I have an intuitive belief that we are all interconnected more than we ever realize. In fact, all living things are an extension of us though we come encased in different physical appearances to complete the whole. The very essence of creation is within each. If birth is a miracle, death will be too and we will all connect in another realm, dimension - siva

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author avatar Retired
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Ah - wishful thinking, I fear! But then I don't believe that humans have souls either!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Everything is energy and energy never dies! We have lived before this body and will continue to live after it has served it's purpose. You can be certain that the same is true for our pets. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Where on earth do you get that idea from?

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
14th Mar 2015 (#)

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." ~Saint Paul While I'm not sure about a "rainbow bridge." I like the idea that pets go to higher state with us. Maybe we all become some kind of energy. Glad for this.

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Yes, both animals and man have souls and I am looking forward to meeting again all my old and furry friends.

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Mar 2015 (#)

See...I am a poet.

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author avatar Brandi Alexandria
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Wonderful article. Of course the animals will be in Gan Eden when we return.

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