This is simply my personal opinion, you don’t have to agree or disagree with me, just bare with me, I swear I have a point…
I know a lot of people don’t feel that animals have souls, and if you do, I dare you to come over and meet my dog, Murphy. That dog most definitely has a soul. You can just watch him and know that he thinks and feels deeply – it’s in his eyes. He’s got an amazing character about him – he’s supportive, comforting, and playful (but not in an obnoxious way). You can see the depth of his years in his behavior – sometimes he acts like the old man that he is, and others, he resorts back to his more energetic younger self. He’s astounding.
Today I read a story about a German Shephard. This particular dog was abused in such a way that I can confidently say that I have never seen anything more disgusting in my entire life. A couple of kids decided to light a rocket, place it in the dogs mouth, tape it shut, and watch it explode:
He died as a result.
I just cry. And I shake. And I want to reach out and hug that poor thing and tell it that it’s all going to be okay soon.
And I want a similar punishment for the animals who caused this carnage. Brutality toward animals needs to cary carry a more severe punishment.
Animals may not have an immortal soul like people, but they are still God’s creatures and I have a hard time believing that He wouldn’t care for them in their time of need or when they die. He gave us dogs for two purposes: work and companionship. That’s why it’s in their nature to serve us and love us. They are not innately bad, though they can be trained to be – but that is on the people in their lives, not them. I firmly believe that dogs are born good, loving, and serving souls. Even the bad dogs act the way their owners want them to; theyre doing what they think will make their master happy.
There’s a few places in scripture too that lead me to think God really does make room for animals in Heaven… (and I haven’t double checked these myself, these I researched outside of the Bible, since I myself, would not know just where to turn, so forgive me if these interpretations or translations lead me to believe something incorrect…)
In Psalm 145, in a few places, it’s mentioned that God loves all of His creations and has made plans for all of His children and the lesser creatures to enjoy His Kingdom.
Romans 8:19 says that the lesser creatures await Christ’s return so that they, too, will be released from physical death into eternal life.
Romans 8:21-22 says “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now”
Just knowing that they are creatures of God, we should not harm them unnecessarily. Yes, I eat meat and believe in using animals for food… but not domesticated ones. And this animal was not eaten out of desperation, it was mercilessly tortured and that HAS to be a sin. It just has to be.