Most animals kill for food and rape because of instinct and to pass along their genetic material for continuation of the species. In the wild, infanticide is to procure a mate, and once again is an effort to continue the species. Sure, there are some animals (very few) that kill, rape, and harass other animals just to do it. However, animals do not have the brain capacity we do, nor do they know right from wrong - well, not out in nature anyway. Dogs that are well-trained know if their actions are correct, but don't really have a moral compass to speak of. They are still animals, even though they are domesticated. Thus, animals should not be held accountable for their actions.
Humans murder and rape for their own nasty, evil, selfish reasons. The humans that are of sound mind will be held accountable for their actions unless they repent and truly mean it.
That is why I believe animals are of pure heart and humans are not, and why I think animals get a "free pass" into Heaven. That's just my take on it. JMO
I believe they do. I've read a book, the author talks about the afterlife, & he is a well-known "Medium", not one that you'll see having their own show on TV. He does tours, & has written several books, in one he talks about our animals waiting for us on the other side, & that someone else takes care of them until you get there.But without a doubt we know where they go, having never sinned...........humans on the other hand.......Maybe I'll come back as a dog........hopefully a happy one w/a loving good home, & a soft place to lay my head, & all the food I could ever want, & of course, somebody to play with!
Yes… I believe that dogs have a soul. Why ?… I see feelings / emotions … .I see happy, excited , joy, sadness, shame, disappointment … a sense of loss …. I see goodness… and a understanding of good or bad behaviors…. AND ~ *LOVE* ~
Love my 3… as the very air I breathe… so Yes I believe … they have souls…
***Edited By: IVYdragonN on 2/6/2006 8:58:04 PM*** Reason: .
I'm pretty spiritual too, but I'm not much of a bible person. I usually reserach my answers to find the truth to things. Speaking of the afterlife, there IS life after death for humans, but not for animals. Meaning that animals do not have souls, therefore they don't go to heaven. Before I read the books on Revealing the Silence, (about a man who was dead for years and came back and told exactly what happens when you die and how he reached the gate of heaven) my thoughts were completely different. It's truly amazing though. But I mean, how can dogs not have souls? They save people, they understand people. But now I know it all makes sense. I guess you just have to do some research of your own. Everyone will have a different belief & opinion on the subject.
Rebel, I'm not sure which book she is talking about,but I read a book called 90 Minutes in Heaven. A true story about a man died in a car accident and 90 minutes later was brought back to life. It was an amazing book and gave me alot of insight about Heaven.
Rebel - There's actually a 3 book series that I bought...Through the Mists, The Life Elysian and then there's The Gate of Heaven, coming out. It's quite a jouney to read!! Oh and the website is www.revealingthesilence.com.
***Edited By: superwoman on 2/6/2006 8:19:26 PM*** Reason: opsie
who said that dogs do not have souls ? who created them? i believe that any living breathing thing has a soul. i wish everyone had a heart though. there are far too many heartless people running around today. if everyone had a heart, the word abuse would not pop up in everyday life like it does today !
genesis is in the old testament. the new testament came later. there are things in the new that contradict the old. just as times and laws change today, so did the testaments of the bible. my father is a minister and even he believes that god didnt put animals on this earth just so they could perish into nothing....they are companions for human beings. there IS a special place for them as well as for us.