Do Animals Have Souls - Do Animals Go to Heaven?

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** Do Animals Have Souls? **

From Jack Zavada

"Do Animals Have Souls?" Image: © Pancoast
*Question: *Do Animals Have Souls?

-Will We See Our Pets in Heaven?-

One of life’s greatest joys is having a pet. They bring so much
happiness, companionship and enjoyment that we can’t imagine life without
them. Many Christians wonder, "Do animals have souls? Will I see my pet in
heaven?"
*Answer: *

In the past few decades, scientists have proven beyond any doubt that some
species of animals possess intelligence. Porpoises and whales can
communicate with other members of their species through audible language.
Dogs can be trained to do relatively complex tasks. Gorillas have even been
taught to form simple sentences using sign language.

Animal rights activists point to this intelligence to claim that all
creatures have equal rights to life and to certain treatment. Some
activists even bristle when someone says they own a pet. They prefer the
term "caretaker."

But does animal intelligence constitute a soul? Does a pet’s emotions and
ability to relate to human beings mean that animals possess an immortal
spirit that will survive after death?

Theologians say no. They point out that man was created superior to animals
and that animals can’t be equal with him.

/Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let
them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the
livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along
the


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