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Do animals have souls?

If so, where do we draw the line? I'm sure we all think our dogs or cats have "souls" or a personality. But does that extend to fish? Insects? Birds?

by I'm bored todayreply 4304/16/2019

I think they do!

by I'm bored todayreply 104/13/2019

Yes, they all have souls. And you're going to hell for your treatment of them.

by I'm bored todayreply 204/13/2019

I start from the premise that God, Jesus, the Devil all of it is made up and not real. Therefore none of us have a soul.

The reasons for the premise is as follows. First the monotheistic god - there have been NUMEROUS gods over time. Why is this one supposed to be so special? Secondly I know the Romans, Greeks, and even the Egyptians kept records of everything. Yet none of them mention Jesus of Nazareth - the only time he shows up is in a couple history stories from near a century later.

The other thing - Satan - he was borrowed from the Persians in the form of their religion Zoroastrianism. So yeah maybe not true.

Thirdly - recall much of the population back 2000 years ago was illiterate. So the tradition was an oral tradition until it was nailed down in the Greek language. Now if you've ever played the children's game Telephone you know when the message you started comes back the details change significantly.

So with those in mind - none of it is true. It fails every logic test too.

by I'm bored todayreply 304/13/2019

Your certainty is as misplaced as your boredom: we don't all think dogs or cats have "souls," nor do I think they have personalities. Nor do fish, insects, or birds. I don't think I (or rather, "we" as humans) have souls either. You may think otherwise, but the notion of "souls" and "personality" are creations of the human brain, not organs of the body.

If you want to believe in them, fine, but don't go telling us what we all agree on when, in fact, we don't.

by I'm bored todayreply 404/13/2019

Delicious animals don't have souls, so it is acceptable to eat them.

by I'm bored todayreply 504/13/2019

R4, if you don't realize that animals have their own personalities, you are stupid beyond belief. It's not a hard concept to grasp and it's not a difficult thing to observe.

by I'm bored todayreply 604/13/2019

You think Trump has a soul?

by I'm bored todayreply 704/13/2019

R4. Apologies. I did not mean to insinuate that. Sorry. I was just wondering.

by I'm bored todayreply 804/13/2019

no and neither do people, Its all part of the brain washing religious crap people are exposed to. Its all completely fabricated myth.

by I'm bored todayreply 904/13/2019

According to Christianity, no they don't.

by I'm bored todayreply 1004/13/2019

Souls don't exist.

by I'm bored todayreply 1104/13/2019

The Amish don't believe animals have souls. That's why they treat their animals like shit and are known for their puppy mills.

by I'm bored todayreply 1204/13/2019

you are vastly stupid beyond belief, R6, if that's the best response you can muster for someone you disagree with.

by I'm bored todayreply 1304/13/2019

R5 that was funny

by I'm bored todayreply 1404/13/2019

I believe they do. If they didn’t they wouldn’t have emotions. I’ve seen sad dogs cry.

by I'm bored todayreply 1504/13/2019

Since "souls" are fiction, there is no harm in claiming animals have them.

by I'm bored todayreply 1604/13/2019

Elephants have what humans have chosen to call "wakes" for dead elephants. Why? Because humans mourn their dead and presume animals do the same.

Humans love to anthropomorphize (attribute human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object) as in "people's tendency to anthropomorphize their dogs"

Let dogs be dogs. Don't burden them with our behavior.

by I'm bored todayreply 1704/13/2019

I have no idea, nor does anyone else. It is beyond our comprehension.

by I'm bored todayreply 1804/13/2019

I don't know, OP. I'd like to think animals have souls, or some kind of energy that might constitute them. Who knows, though.

Having pets all my life, mainly dogs and cats, they do have personalities and quirks. They have feelings and feel pain and joy, so I don't really think of them as an animal, more like another sentient being that deserves love, kindness, and respect.

by I'm bored todayreply 1904/13/2019

I has soul for days.

by I'm bored todayreply 2004/13/2019

Every creature has a soul.

We're unique in that we sell ours if we think it gives us an advantage.

by I'm bored todayreply 2104/13/2019

Personality and emotion does not equal an imaginary concept

by I'm bored todayreply 2204/13/2019

Sentience.

by I'm bored todayreply 2304/13/2019

Only dogs have souls.

by I'm bored todayreply 2404/13/2019

Yes, they do have soul.

by I'm bored todayreply 2504/13/2019

We all have souls, even plants. Just thank the lettuce or tomato when you harvest it, and your garden will be much more productive. Seriously. Be kind and thankful.

by I'm bored todayreply 2604/13/2019

In that case R15, vegans and vegetarians are committing LITERAL VIOLENCE against innocent plants every single day, all because of their selfish, greedy desire to eat. VEGETABLES ARE MURDER.

by I'm bored todayreply 2704/13/2019

Animals are worth reincarnating.

Humans, not so much.

by I'm bored todayreply 2804/13/2019

I certainly think that plants have souls, they respond positively to classical music and they like people talking to them.

by I'm bored todayreply 2904/13/2019

R29, your 6th grade science experiment was a LONG time ago. And there were, shall we say, a few flaws in your scientific method.

by I'm bored todayreply 3004/13/2019

Please be kind to them. This world is horrible.

by I'm bored todayreply 3104/13/2019

I'm completely forgotten now, aren't I?

by I'm bored todayreply 3204/13/2019

even process food has a soul...

by I'm bored todayreply 3304/13/2019

If you want to look at Christian beliefs, check out Isaiah, Chapter 11. All of the animal groups will be part of the second coming. How else can the wolf lay with the lamb?

by I'm bored todayreply 3404/13/2019

My cat is an intelligent human trapped inside of a feline's body. She looks at me with contempt when I watch trashy television and hisses when I bring home a guy she does not approve of.

by I'm bored todayreply 3504/13/2019

R32, I prefer St Francis of Assisi.

by I'm bored todayreply 3604/13/2019

R35 Cats can hear you when you talk to them. It's just that they don't give a shit what you say

by I'm bored todayreply 3704/14/2019

Honestly I’m not even sure if HUMANS have souls...

by I'm bored todayreply 3804/14/2019

Souls are a manmade concept. We do have an electrical charge that dies when we die. Even those who spoke for Jesus don't talk about anyone having a soul. Besides, the soul is an oral concept without a physical description. But if there is any group of critter possessing souls, I would expect it to be the wild animals, not humans. our four and no legged animals can only do that which they are designed to do. They are without sin and therefore accordingly, little saints.

by I'm bored todayreply 3904/14/2019

[quote] We do have an electrical charge that dies when we die.

How would you explain my hypnic jerks then, tough guy? Is that ideation or is my body just asking for sweet release?

by I'm bored todayreply 4004/15/2019

If they did the Catholic church would have gone after them a long time ago.

by I'm bored todayreply 4104/15/2019

The church has not gone after pets because the church knows they are without sin.

by I'm bored todayreply 4204/16/2019

Sorry "soul" is a made up belief.

Animals are sentient beings who should get to live without being harmed, tortured and killed by humans.

by I'm bored todayreply 4304/16/2019
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