One of the biggest problems on Earth is people trust men to get their answers for them and not go to the scriptures themselves. Within Christianity people believe so many things that are not true, when the answer is right there, clear as day. This question is a very important question because depending on how people perceive animals, will dictate how they treat them. HaveQuestions?org was created to combat the blatant disregard for YHWH and Jesus’ truths. HaveQuestions?org specifically was created to combat GotQuestions.org. Along with making God ok with Rape, and not mentioning Jesus’ words when it comes to essential quesitons like “how does one inherit eternal life?”, they also teach animals don’t have souls:
GotQuestions.org states: “The Bible does not give any explicit teaching on whether pets/animals have ‘souls'”. Is this true? Do the Scripture not teach animals have souls? Yes, they do, explicitly.
Christianity.com states: “Animals do not have souls”.
Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, discussing Barbara Streisand’s comment, “You can clone the look of a dog, but you can’t clone the soul.” said:
“But the reality is, her dog never had a soul. That’s true of the dog that is now dead, and it’s true of the dogs’ cloned from the dead dog. None of them, not one of them, has a soul.”
The list is endless. Why do they teach so many things OPPOSITE of what Jesus and YHWH teach?
YES ANIMALS HAVE SOULS. IT IS EXPLICITLY MENTIONED
Genesis 1:24 – 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Genesis 1:20-21, 24 – 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21 And God created great whales, and every living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. … 24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Genesis 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living , that was the name thereof.
Genesis 9:10, 12, 15-16 – 10 And with every living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. … 12 And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] that is with you, for perpetual generations: … 15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Leviticus 11:46 – 46 This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] that moveth in the waters, and of every SOUL [ Hebrew = neh’-fesh] that creepeth upon the earth:
There are many reasons why so many people could think animals don’t have souls. One is that in the translations, neh’-fesh is translated “creature”. In 2021 however, laziness is another reason. With websites like BlueLetterBible.org and the many Bible programs people can purchase, the reader can know what the Hebrew is for any particular word with one click. Another reason is tradition. Christians are horrible at following traditions Jesus or YHWH never put in place. The tradition that animals do not have souls is one of them. The result of this is people treating animals incorrectly. They abuse them in a thousands ways. Now go forth and educate your fellow believers, that animals have souls and it’s not questionable.