My analysis, about IF animals do have a soul and are going to Heaven, OR not,
1. Most church men tells animals dont have souls.
These church men may be kind and dont argue with the griewing owner, but this IS their belief. They dont have souls and wont proceed to Heaven. Besides, Jesus talked mostly about humans, and was Savior saving humans. So they His followers, they too talk about just humans.
About animals they dont know anything.
2. Most animal owners can witness their dear animals, cats, dogs, horses, surely does has a soul. And are sure they deserve to come into Heaven.
3. There is that big proverb "Love overcomes everything".
Thus, it is my belief Love is the "trick", the Key,
An animal, perhaps from beginning without soul, does gets his hers soul, gets the soul - or the soul gets awaked, by receiving or giving Love.
It may be long term ownership and the love to each other. It may be a rescuer trying to help a newborn homeless kitten. The kitten perhaps passes away without even awakening... But its thereby awakened immortal soul knows it got love and help.
And thus, both sides does have right.
Churchmen and animal owners and rescuers.
So long this is the easy part into which I think most will agree.
Now comes the harder part of the necessary analysis:
How about love given or taken between animals? Without any human as part of it. Does it too awakens the soul??
We had surely all seen the you-tube films about the ferale dog on this highway, trying to protect and save their pal wounded or killed by a car... I think there were even a couple of different cases like this. That dog had surely a soul.
We know some cat mating is more or less a rape. But we all know they are not seldom real love affairs. :) Most are somewhere in between. And they usually get friends, even affecionate at least afterwards. :)
How is about the love between a cat mom and her kittens?? Almost any animal / mammal mom and her children?
Most mammals are loved by at least their mom. And or has been loved by some other animal.
It MAY be so, most mammals do have a soul, if my analysis is correct...
Edited by StefanZ - 11/17/11 at 2:36pm