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Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from Richard Cox about Our Sermons and Animals Having Souls - 22 May 2007

Dear sir,

This was the first of your sermons I ran across, and I got a taste of the ideology you teach. I understand that you see animals as soulful creatures just as humans are. You are of course aware that most teachers speak otherwise.

Do not confuse me, I am not one to partake of 'most teachers' on anything. But this concept is new to me and I wondered if you could explain further? Also, how does Passover fit into this? You may not honor the Passover with the eating of lamb, I am not certain. But I thought it wise to ask.

Thank you for your assistance,

Richard Cox

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Richard:

Thank you very much for writing and for your questions.

In Genesis 1 and 2, we find that humans and other animals were all created as living souls (Hebrew neh-fesh khah-yaw), meaning that every being has a soul and spirit, When the Bible was translated into English, this very important fact was obscured, whether intentionally or unintentionally, we have no way of knowing, but there does seem to be some political pressure to do so, because if humans accepted the fact that the other animals have souls and spirits as we do, many could not "justify" the horrible way that animals are treated.

If we look at Leviticus 17:11, we see also in the Hebrew that it is the soul of the animals in the animals' blood that makes atonement for the soul of the human. This is also a key Christian understanding as to why Jesus had to be a man as well as God, for it was His sinless soul that redeems humankind. And, since He is the Passover, there is no need to ever again shed blood.

We hope this brief explanation answers your questions.

We look forward to hearing from you again.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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