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Originally posted by SwatMedic
No, No, and NO.
Animals do not have souls.
Instead of speaking with Preacher "Tom", speak with any Christian Theologian or a Priest who is willing to tell it like it is and not give a candy coated version of things.
Sure we'd all like to think that our loveable pets will zoom off to heaven but unfortunatly they do not have souls.
I am not a scholar or theologian but have asked this question of professors and Priests alike in the past. When not within earshot of doe eyed children or PETA they gladly will tell you that our furry friends are soul-less.
One Priest quoted me a bunch of scripture regarding it but he also simplified it this way;
God gave us free domain over the animals. This leaves us free to do with them as necessary; ie eat, use to keep warm, test for ebola...whatever. God also states in the Commandments...."Thou Shall not Kill" Why the contradiction? Because animals do no have souls so killing an animal is not in violation of this commandment.
At least that's how it was explained to me as a Catholic.
Now if you arent Christian or Catholic, your clergy might have a different take on it.
I do believe that there would be animals in Heaven if Heaven turns out to be all its cracked up to be, just not the animals we had here. So that means we will all have to housebreak our new pets in Heaven.