Do animals have a soul? As in, do they go to heaven? If they do, where is the line drawn? Do single celled organisms go to heaven? If they don't, when did we accquire one? And what about neanderthals?
Ok that turned out to be quite a few questions, but nevermind. Also i do NOT want this to turn into evolution vs creationism, so if you dont believe in evolution, i'd rather you didnt reply.
I did answer even while I don`t believe in evolution,so this was my answer:
This will be very interesting to answer ,I am a Christian ,I my answer will be based in the bible ,and from my understandig of it and my experience in life,: yes they go to heaven , why? read :
you talked about single celled organism , I would also add plants to this example, do plants go to heaven?
jhon 1:1= [link] "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
One goes to heaven by doing the will of God,and animals just do what they were meant to do from the beginning ,they do what God commanded them to do,
I think that animals have an spirit, but they do not the same capabilities as humans [link] in the bible is said that animals can see the angels , and also they know in their in natural understanding that God has made them :
11And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12 saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb that hath been slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and might and honor, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every created thing which is in the heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and on the sea, and all things are in them, heard I saying, Unto him that sitteth on the throne, and unto the Lamb, be the blessing, and the honor, and the glory, and the dominion, for ever and ever. 14 And the four living creatures said, Amen. And the elders fell down and worshipped.
It says "every creature"!
but if you even doubt that an animal can go to heaven read this :
genesis 1 :31 "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good."
job: 39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
Or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,40 When they crouch in their dens
And lie in wait in their lair?
41 “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment
When its young cry to God and wander about without food?"
mattehew= 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
Matthew 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father
also in luke12:
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pence? and not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God.
but if you even need more:
"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
So just think about the reasons why people extinguish and kills animals ,and you will have your answer.
so its asumed that everyone who do the will of God ,when they die they rest in God glory until the earth will be remade
God made man to have understanding of life and to love creation and watch over it ,not to destroy it: Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So that is writen:
And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Thank you very much for the in-depth answer , So if an animal has a soul, is it ok to kill and eat them?
my answer was:
2I have made all these things. "That is why all these things have come into being," declares the LORD. I will pay attention to those who are humble and sorry for their sins and who tremble at my word.
3 Whoever kills a bull is like someone who kills a person. Whoever sacrifices a lamb is like someone who breaks a dog's neck. Whoever offers a grain sacrifice is like someone who offers pig's blood. Whoever burns incense is like someone who worships an idol. People have certainly chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in detestable things.
4 So I will choose harsh treatment for them and bring on them what they fear. I called, but no one answered. I spoke, but they didn't listen. They did what I consider evil. They chose what I don't like.
if you feed from an animal,one must be humble and respect the life of the other,and give thanks to the lord for his grace, he knows that a man needs to eat, and also knows what feelings are in any man`s heart,but you know what it is really bad ? it is not ok to slaughter hundreds of caws, as in my country and to see people to die from hunger.