Jesus teaches us to pray “Thy will be done, on
earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
Let’s hope and pray
That soon one day
All will refuse
To eat, abuse,
A living soul –
This is my goal.
It is God’s will
That I fulfill
This law of life,
Not just for some,
But every one.
I must not shirk,
But do God’s work.
Many Christians erroneously believe that only humans have souls. I
might add here that not too long ago humans of certain other races were
likewise thought to lack souls.
In the Hebrew Bible the term “neh-fesh khah-yaw” which means “a
living soul” is consistently used for humans and all other animals; no
distinction is made. Yet translators into English, when it comes to
other animals, have changed the word “soul” to “creature” or some other
word, avoiding the use of the word “soul.”
In Revelation of the New Testament where the Greek word ξωα (zoa) is
used and can only mean “animals” the translators into English again
avoid admitting that animals are in heaven and translate ξωα (zoa)
“animals” as “creatures.” (Zoo and zoology, among many other words, are
derived from this same Greek word for “animals.”)
Among other Bible scriptures that convinced me that other animals do
indeed have souls are those found in Leviticus of the Hebrew Bible where
atonement required a “soul” for a “soul.” It stands to reason that
because animals have souls they could be offered as atonement for human
souls, even though this practice was cruel and a form of scapegoating.
That’s why plants or rocks or anything else could not be offered for
I can only speculate that such Biblical mistranslations are
culturally or politically motivated.