Some Say That Dogs Don’t Have A Spirit

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Does Your Dog Have A Spirit

The Bible actually answers the question of whether your dog has a spirit. It tells us that the body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:35-54 clearly states that if there is a natural or physical body, whether human or animal, there is also a spiritual body. And it will be raised. This passage of scripture is one of the most comforting to bringing reassurance that our dog friends will be with us in heaven.

Our spiritual self, our dog included, will be released when our earthly body is done, along with our soul, which is basically what our spirit works through, that other immaterial part of you that is intangible, but what made you a living being. It’s what makes your dog a living animal.

An animal has a soul and their own spirit that shapes that soul. It is the essence of who they are. As in humans, their spirit reflects their body and soul. Isn’t your spirit likened to your personality and your basic way of relating to circumstances and physical stimuli? Well, didn’t each of your dogs in your life have their own personality? Didn’t they have their own particular way of responding to things? Your soul is your intellect, will and emotions, but your spirit gives them life and personality. It is your innermost self. Without the interwoven spirit, your soul would basically be “lifeless”or at least a bit boring.

There are a variety of different scriptures throughout God’s word that make it clear animals do have spirits. There is another verse that should help to clear the debate even further.

In the book of Numbers (16:22), the fourth book of the Bible, God was angry with some of the people who were rebelling against Moses and Aaron. Moses and Aaron pleaded for the innocent among the congregation. That doesn’t relate, but what they said does. They call to God, the God of the spirits of all flesh as stated in the King James Version and in the New International Version, it used the words all mankind. “But Moses and Aaron fell face down and cried out, ‘O God, God of the spirits of all mankind, will you be angry with the entire assembly when one man sins?’… ‘O God, God of the spirits of all flesh’ …” This verse clearly implies that humans and animals have spirits. It also connects the body or flesh to the spirit.

The word breath in the Bible often refers to the spirit, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath (literally “spirit“); humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth ?”

This scripture verse in Job 12:9-10 answers the question of whether you dog has a soul. Speaking of our God Almighty, “In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath (spirit) of all mankind.” (KJV) The NIV states it this way, “In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath (literally “spirit”) of all mankind.”

There are many references to animals having the “the breath of life” in them, the same wording attributed to humans. Animals, at different levels, all have the ability to think, reason and make decisions. Have you not called your dog before, “COME!” He or she looks at where they want to go, looks at you, then decides whether he shall obey or not. This is their will, their reasoning and decision making at work. Do you not have to have a soul and spirit for this?

I think the most blatant, clearest verse of hope is Corinthians 15:44, “it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” This tells us that every thing that has a natural body here on earth also has a spiritual body that is eternal.

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.

There is no doubt based on what the Bible does tell us. Your dog has has a body, soul and spirit. It also tells us that it will be raised. To learn how your dog’s spirit is different than ours, check out the next article.


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