Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Do Animals Have Souls? What Does The Bible Say?

Talking about animals and what the Bible has to say about them is very interesting. There are so many verses to choose from.  The Bible really says so much about God’s relationship to animals, it’s simply amazing.  I am going to have to do this study in several parts, as it is just too long to post in one piece.  So, here’s the first installment, more will follow, shortly.  Thank you for your patience and keep praying for me to be able to do these studies.  Check out these verses for now and I’ll be back with a lot more information in just a little while.  God Bless You and you read through these statements.

Proverbs 12:10, “The righteous one is caring for the life of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel.”

Jonah 4:11, as to the cattle in Nineveh: “And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand ( little children); and also much cattle?”  (For some reason, I could not get rid of the blue underscore on this verse, don't know where it came from and why it's here, but I have no choice but to leave it.  Even when I rewrite the verse, the same thing happens, so that's why it;s here.)
Psalm 145:9, “Jehovah is good to all, And his mercies are over all his works.” This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head.”
Ephesians 1:10, Jesus unites all creation under Him.
“Wolves and sheep will live together in peace, and leopards will lie down with young goats, calves and lion cubs will feed together, and little children will take care of them.  Cows and bears will eat together, and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace.  Lions will eat straw as cattle do . . . The land will be as full of knowledge of the Lord as the seas are full of water,” Isaiah 11:6-9, animals will eventually return to the pre-fall, pre-sinful state of living.

“Search in the Lord’s book of living creatures and read what it says.  Not one of these creatures will be missing and not one will be without its mate.  The Lord has commanded it to be so; He Himself will bring them together.  It is the Lord who will divide the land among them and give each of them a share.  They will live in the land age after age, and it will belong to them forever,” Isaiah 34:16&17, seems to say that animals are to live forever.

God created all the animals.  Psalm 104, clearly demonstrates God relationship to all animals.

“Then God commanded, ‘Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life; domestic and wild, large and small, and it was done. So God made them all, and He was pleased with what He saw,” Genesis 1:24&25.

All animals belong to God, Psalm 24:1.

“All the animals in the forest are Mine and the cattle on thousands of hills. All the wild birds are Mine and all living things in the fields,” Psalm 50:10&11.

God cares for the animals, 1 John 4:16.

“Look at the birds flying around your Father in Heaven takes care of them,” Matthew 6:26.

“He gives animals their food and feeds the young ravens when they call,” Psalm 147:9
Hosea 2:20, “I will make a covenant for them on that day, with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the things that crawl on the ground. Bow and sword and war I will destroy from the land, and I will let them take their rest in security.” 

Job 12:7-10, “But now ask the beasts (cattle) to teach you, and the birds of the air to tell you; or the reptiles on the earth to instruct you, and the fish of the sea to inform you.  Which of all these does not know that the hand of God has done this?  In his hand is the soul of every living thing, and the life breath of all mankind.”

Revelation 5:8-13, All creatures recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world and praise God right along with redeemed men.

Psalm 145:-9-10, 13, 15-21, God loves all His creation and has made plans for all His children and the lesser creatures to enjoy His eternal Kingdom.

Romans 8:19, says that the lesser creatures await Christ’s return to redeem the sons of God so they, too, will be released from physical death to eternal life.

Romans 8:21-22, says, “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”

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