Originally posted by sonhouse
I hear people called soulless and such, really bad guys who we now call sociopaths and such but is there any objective evidence of humans having this 'soul' thing? And further, why do humans insist only humans have souls, well, Abrahamic religions insist that, animals don't have souls, yet we see highly intelligent actions done by supposedly dumb animals.
...[text shortened]... then animals do also, of course that is sacrilegious to some but that doesn't bother me at all.
I agree. Animals also have soul or "breath life".
20 Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens." 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth."
The word used above for "creature" is the same word used for soul..nephesh
OT:5315 <START HEBREW>vp#n#
<END HEBREW> nephesh (neh'-fesh); from OT:5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):
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