All-Creatures Ministry and Web Site
By Frank and Mary Hoffman - 18 Jun 2012
In Genesis 1, God created all animals, human and other wise, as living souls. The use of the term "breath of life" was used in 2:7 with the creation of Adam, and He became a living soul, and we believe that this 6:17 verse confirms that we and the animals are all living souls, and thus eternal.
However, I'm not sure that we can use the term sinless for all animals, since the serpent listened to the devil and led Eve astray, but they are definitely innocent of the evil man has brought upon the earth. And, we don't believe that any animal sacrifice ever took the place of Jesus, nor that God ever wanted it. He wanted obedience, and forgave many without any animals being sacrificed or the shedding of any blood. Isaiah and some of the other prophets were very outspoken about it.
We hope this helps.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary