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Do Animals Have Souls?

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Yes, all animals have souls – this is the belief of many people in the spiritual community, including myself. However, as in every topic, there are different perspectives and I always like to look at all of them, try to understand them and above all, respect them.  For instance, in some religions, there are very different answers to the question “Do animals have a soul”. Here we will look into them and explore the many beliefs of whether animals have souls, according to theology.  

Do animals have souls – Catholic

The Catholic Church believes that all living beings have souls, including animals. However, they are not considered to be the same as human souls. Animals do not have the same rationale as humans.

The soul of an animal is based upon its material makeup, whereas a human’s is spiritual. Catholics believe that an animal has a soul while it is in a body, however it ceases to exist once it dies.

Do animals have souls – Baptist

Baptists believe that animals do not have an immortal soul. Man was created as a superior being in comparison to animals. There is no eternal destiny for animals, though while they are on Earth they do possess a spirit.

As humans, we are made in the likeness of God and so we have a distinctive difference from animals. They are an entirely different being and so they have a unique soul.  

Do animals have souls – Islam

There is no specific scripture in Islam that indicates whether or not an animal has a soul. However, in the Quran, it states, ‘There is not an animal (that lives) on the earth, nor a being that flies on its wings, but (forms part of) communities like you. Nothing have We omitted from the Book, and they (all) shall be gathered to their Lord in the end.’

This shows that there is a belief that all of creation is precious and valuable. Though animals may not have the same intelligence as humans we must look after them and treat them with care.

Do animals have souls – Hinduism

According to Hinduism animals do have souls just as human beings. When an animal or a person dies, they can reincarnate in any form they like. Both souls are eternal, and life overall should be respected.

Vegetarianism is adopted throughout this religion for exactly this reason. Animals are seen as having equal status with humans. They should not be killed unnecessarily nor should they be mistreated.

Do animals have souls – Buddhism

In Buddhism the concept of the soul is unknown. Instead, consciousness and the capabilities of the mind are explored. It is said that animals can obtain enlightenment and that they have the same sense of awareness as humans.

Therefore, it is clear that Buddhists believe that animals do have what is akin to a soul. However, they hold a belief that if a person reincarnates as an animal it is due to their bad karma.

At the end, we should all care for animals, regardless of our beliefs as to whether or not they have a soul. We have a duty to respect all living beings. As a powerful species on Earth, we have the ability to bring peace and happiness to all. So, don’t forget to raise your vibration and share love and light everywhere you go.

Let me know in the comments below, what is your view on this topic.

Love and light x

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