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If you believe we have a soul

what about animals? bugs? leaves? unborn fetuses (of any species)? Do they also have souls? I am a spiritual person but find myself asking those questions sometimes. Some people believe only humans have souls. Or the only animals with souls are their pet dog or pet cat. Why would some living things have souls and not others?

 
Owl_Feather

Asked by Owl_Feather at 4:59 PM on Apr. 28, 2013 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I believe any thing capable of having emotions has a soul. So that includes people, animals, maybe bugs and unborn children/animals. I don't think I believe trees/plants have souls... not int he same sense I guess... I can't explain it beyond that.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 5:04 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • So you want everyone to give their own interpretation of soul, then balk when someone asks which you use. That's not a discussion, that's someone waiting to pounce.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:14 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • You don't know what a soul is?


     


    I know what some mean by it but it depends on the context in which it is being asked. If you mean "soul" as in a spirit that continues to live even past death, they don't exist. If you mean "soul" as in living consciousness, every being with a brain capable of thought has one.

    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:12 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • Define what is meant by "soul"
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:01 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • You don't know what a soul is?
    Owl_Feather

    Comment by Owl_Feather (original poster) at 5:03 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • I think everything has a soul, to a point. I think unborn babies do as well, but I can't say at what point they get it.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 5:03 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • Why do you believe just those capable of emotion have a soul?
    Owl_Feather

    Comment by Owl_Feather (original poster) at 5:06 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • @notpanicking...say what? chill! It wasn't meant to be rude and she obviously didn't take it that way. So take your assumptions elsewhere.

    @Kristi: I guess the "soul" I always learned about was a spirit. I believe they exist only because I have seen my grandfather in spirit form. That's the only thing convincing me something happens after life. I guess by "soul" I mean energy we leave behind?
    Owl_Feather

    Comment by Owl_Feather (original poster) at 5:28 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • i dont believe in souls, by any definition. i do believe in energy, which is an entirely different thing and has some scientific back up.
    tnm786

    Answer by tnm786 at 5:32 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

  • Thermal, chemical, mechanical, or potential?

    Decomposition does release energy, but it can't come out and walk around. I don't believe you really saw a spirit. I believe that YOU want to believe it was your grandfather but it wasn't
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 5:32 PM on Apr. 28, 2013

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