(01/19/2020) Do Animals Have “Souls?”

Posted: January 19, 2020 in Adam, Awe, Covenants, Creation, Creator, Grace, Humility, Noah, Sin, The Holy Spirit
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Today, the reply is on whether animals and other living creatures have “souls”. At Creation, dominion over the earth was granted to mankind; the awe, humility, and submission shown to man by other creatures is to display and make visible what is to be humanity’s relationship with GOD who remains invisible and unseen. While all that exist and are alive on the earth have come into presence through GOD, consciousness and self-will within all created beings and living creatures may be dominated by the operations of sin. The holy writings do not include instruction that divinity responds to every living thing as having equal ability and presence with GOD, yet, there are many acknowledgments of the Creator’s concern, grace, and provision to even the least of them. It is written: Psalms 84: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! 2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Also: Job 38: 35-41, KJV: 35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are? 36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together? 39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat. One of the writers in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Josephette Maria (Level 1 with 162 points) posted the following:

 

Do only mammals have souls? What about simpler creatures like birds, turtles and fish?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12: 4-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Fully Communicating Human Potential? (09/30/2019); Divine Spirit Within Animals? (09/05/2019); Was Creation A Failure? (05/13/2019); How Did Noah Know? (10/14/2018); A Species of Animal? (01/31/2017); GOD’s Peculiar People (12/11/2016); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); Another Gospel? (10/19/2013); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013)

 

Josephette Maria”, relying on the holy writings for guidance and instruction, many mature Christian believers agree that a “living soul” is a created being or living creature whose form has been fashioned by divinity, and who has been infused with consciousness, self-will (we also say, willpower), and inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are angels, animals, mankind, and the sacred beasts of heaven. Diverse finite abilities, properties and tools are found among them such as alertness, intelligence, logic, carnal reason, and discursive thought. Only divinity is immortal and incorruptible. Through the operations of sin, death and mortality continue as a condition of challenge and limitation for all living on the earth; and the duration of celestial creatures (who are neither mortal nor immortal) is on the basis of divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD.

The earth is to be inhabited, and was created as a home for Adam, who was fashioned to be a companion to divinity. Of the many creatures on the earth, only mankind has received life essence in his nostrils (as breath; spirit; word) imparted from GOD. However, through transgression of sacred law, there now is enmity between the created and the Creator. Following the flood survived by Noah and the animals on the ark, new covenant relationships were provided for those on the earth. Even so, only humans are allowed to become reborn through operations of the Holy Spirit to exist as offspring, and the children of GOD. Acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Son of the Highest, the Lamb of GOD, sinners may receive fresh endowments of divine DNA, so to speak. Then, as developing Christian believers, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and the new creation, repenting sinners are to display the image of GOD, and are to resemble, reflect, and reveal the character and likeness of Jesus Christ. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the praise, prophecy and music ministry of Steve Amerson:

(1.) Genesis 2: 4-7, King James Version (KJV): 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

(2.) Ezekiel 18: 20-23, KJV: 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.) Ecclesiastes 3: 19-21, KJV: 19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. 21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

(4.) John 1: 10-14, KJV: 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yd8nVLtnAA.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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