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By Pat - 27 May 2015

Years ago I was on your email list and wrote to you.  I have not written anything in awhile but do check out your website just so I can find a place where animals count in this world.  I have been searching Bible verses that I think say that animals have souls and I know they do as I have been blessed by God on two occasions to have this proven to me beyond a doubt.

In looking at Bible verses today while on my lunch time, “late lunch” I came across the Bible verses below from different translations and thought of the All-Creatures website.  Not a whole lot has changed since I last communicated with you re: Christian teachings about animals having souls, as Christian Theology still says they do not.

We are not supposed to pick and choose from the Bible what we choose to believe and not believe but it can be so contradictory.  In the New Testament it says that all the creatures also wait for the time when Jesus returns (I can’t remember exactly what it says but this is the basic premise). 

While searching through the Bible today using the word Nephesh I came across these verses that definitely could not be said by the God I think of as Kind and Loving, not one who willingly would turn His innocent Creation over to, in my opinion, the likes of our species who are such a cruel species.  How does one argue vegetarianism when people throw it in your face saying that God Himself said that we can do anything we want to animals and that not only involves eating them but being mean, cruel, and every other sordid thing one could do to them!!  I find all this as hard to bear as I did years ago when in contact with you.  I have to be honest, I love Jesus, but I can’t in my heart go along with what is said here!  Also the Bible says that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, that He never changes so how can God and Jesus be this way toward such beautiful, precious, innocent creatures!!

1Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.

1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

1And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

1God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.

 

2The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands.

2The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered.

2"The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given.

2And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

2The fear and terror of you will be in every living creature on the earth, every bird of the sky, every creature that crawls on the ground, and all the fish of the sea. They are placed under your authority.

 

3Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

3Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

3"Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.

3Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

3Every living creature will be food for you; as I gave the green plants, I have given you everything.

 

4"But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.

4But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

4"Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

4But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.

4However, you must not eat meat with its lifeblood in it.

Thank you,

Pat

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