Souls vs Spirits: Do Animals Have Souls?

Souls vs Spirits: Do Animals Have Souls?

The word for souls in the bible is Nephesh. Genesis 2:7 describes the creation of Adam’s soul.

Genesis 2:6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then YHWH God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Souls Aren’t Immortal

There are living souls and dead souls. This is why the Ezekiel 18:20 says the soul that sinneth it shall die. Souls are able to be killed. Souls are not immortal.


Our bodies are called souls and they’re created of the dust/dirt of the ground. This is why the Hebrew word for man, adam, comes from the Hebrew word for ground/earth adamah.

From Wikipedia: “In Jewish folklore, a golem is an animated anthropomorphic being that is magically created entirely from inanimate matter (specifically clay or mud). The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing.”

If you’re interested in the idea of us being golems, formed of the earth by God, with instructions in our forehead then check out the video below. It’s strongly connected to whether or not the mark of the beast is in your forehead or God’s name is.

Spirits Are Immortal

Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

The soul that sins shall die, but the spirit leaves our bodies when we die and goes back to God who gave it. If God gave it, and it can’t die on earth, then it’s immortal.

The word for spirit is ruach, which is also the word for breath and wind. So it is likely that the “breath of life” is the same spirit that God gave us.

Animals are Souls and Have Spirits Too

He also gave the breath of life to animals. Some Christians debate whether or not animals have souls. Now we know that no one has a soul, they are a soul.

From Wikipedia, “The word nephesh occurs 754 times in the Hebrew Bible. The first four times nephesh is used in the Bible, it is used exclusively to describe animals: Gen 1:20 (sea life), Gen 1:21 (great sea life), Gen 1:24 (land creatures), Gen 1:30 (birds and land creatures). At Gen 2:7 nephesh is used as description of man.”

Ecclesiastes says that we are no greater than beasts/animals, and we all have the same spirit inside.

Ecclesiastes 3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work. 18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one spirit; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

So we all are nephesh (souls) and have the same spirit from God that goes back to Him when we die.

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