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DO ANIMALS HAVE SOULS ? 
SPIRITUALITY 
On 6th October 2013 at 07:07:41, Subramania Siva Yogi wrote: 
It is definite that Animals do have Souls. Because where there is Prana, the Life force, there is a Soul either it is human or animal. Jeevan or Life is being sustained in this world for human and animal in the same way. The only difference is that the human know that they are living and sustaining by this Soul, where as the animals do not know that because their brain do not have that talent.. All the rest are same.The character of the Soul is divine light as some of the human being have experienced the same. 
S.S.Yogi 
CONFUCIANISM 
On 13th october 2013 from EasternWestern: 
Confucianism is not a religion and the concept of souls does not enter into Confucianism: it is a way of living a good life, to become ‘the superior person’. 
 
This requires humans to be humane. To be humane is to help others and animals are included. 
 
Confucianism and education in the analects of Confucius and the writings of Mencius 
And Wang Fu show that Confucius was concerned to encourage the ‘Superior Person’ to be a humane person. Therefore kindness should be given to animals because humans are the only species who seek to prevent suffering and the ‘Superior Person’ would always seek to be humane. 
 
Even Neo-confucianism today continues the thoughts of Lao-Tzu to promote a kind regard of animals. 
JUDAISM 
On 10th October 2013 from Israelandme:- 
 
In Judaism, in the Kabbalah and Torah it is said that (Genesis 2) 
 
G-d breathed life into man 
 
and 
 
man became a living soul 
 
These are two separate things. 
 
But – mankind has another spirituality. Mankind also has a Divine Soul which animals do not have. 
 
The Divine Soul of mankind can take moral decisions and seeks to return to G-d. 
An animal does not make moral decisions ie it does not take action which causes it to make any sacrifice of itself. 
 
Therefore, as in Liberal, Orthodox and Reform and Hasidic Judaism, animals do not have a Divine Soul and so they do not go to heaven 
 
It has lately been in news that the question of whether animals have souls and how this is viewed by religion. PLEASE NOTE: Jewish ethics provide the utmost respect and the very best of treatment and compassion for all animals. 
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SIKHISM 
On 9th October 2013 from anna: 
 
All animals have a soul and that soul is on its journey of re-incarnation. 
 
The more sensible to its surroundings the animal becomes the more it develops to an awareness of itself, the more it is able to consider its own self. 
 
For example, if a cow is removed from a herd and treated as a pet throughout its life, constantly referred to by the same name (noise), petted, cared for, fed well and given constant attention then the cow will slowly come to regard itself as an individual which is separate from those around it. Thus its awareness develops. 
 
When the soul attains human form it is still on its journey. 
‘Those who do not serve the true Guru, and do not contemplate the Word of God, cannot understand spiritual wisdom. They travel through a cycle of 8.4 million re-incarnations and they are ruined through each death and each re-birth’. (Guru Granth Sahib Ji 88) 
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HINDUISM 
On 9th October 2013 from Africaforeve 
That animals are a different shape to us and speak a different language does not mean that they do not have a soul. 
 
Plants do not have a soul because they are not sentient. Humans and animals are 
sentient – how do we know that animals do not wonder “Do humans have souls?” 
 
In Hinduism there is only one source of consciousness which is called Brahman. Brahman is all and everything, so although we want to control and denigrate animals ‘ because they are different to us ‘ we are not separate from them, we are all part of the same manifestation. 
 
That animals are a different shape to us and speak a different language does not mean that they do not have a soul because a 
animals are sentient the same as humans. 
 
Plants do not have a soul because they are not sentient. Humans and animals are sentient – how do we know that animals do not wonder “Do humans have souls?” 
BUDDHISM 
On 8th October 2013 astrowife wrote: 
Many religions have rules of conduct to apply to animals whereas Buddhism decribes how your conduct affects yourself. 
Buddhism is a realisation that all life, not just human, evolves to higher and higher spiritual plane: Nirvana 
All of this is a Divine Purpose: Dharma. 
If you deliberately interrupt another’s path then you are deliberately preventing the Divine Purpose from being carried out and this applies to animals just as much because all life evolves to a higher plane: Zen and Nicheren Buddhism 
If you deliberately harm an animal then again you are hindering that animal from completing its journey and as such that will also harm your own path: Siddhartha Gautama,Theravada 
If you harm another then the very fact of causing harm is a deterioration of your own path. It will reflect upon yourself and interrupt your own path to a higher consciousness: Tibetan and Pur Land. 
That which is Divine created all life: the Divine is all life: harming another living being is harming the Divine Purpose. 
ISLAM 
On 7th October 2013 from Everyman:- 
In Islam it is forbidden to kill an animal unless strictly for food, nor to torment an animal. 
 
Why? – because animals are created by Allah and as such they are aware of the wider spiritual plane, just as we are. 
 
“And the earth, He has assigned it to all living creatures” (Quran 55:10 ) 
 
It is related from Abu Umama that the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu Alayhi Wassalam said:- 
 
“Whoever is merciful even unto a sparrow, Allah will be merciful to him on the Day of Judgement. 
 
“A good deed done to an animal is like a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is as bad as to a human” 
 
“A prostitute once saw a dog on a hot day going round a well, lolling its tongue because of its thirst. She drew some water for it using her shoe, and for this action all her sins were forgiven” 
 
It is related that the Messenger of Allah said:- 
“Once was seen a donkey which had been branded on its face and he said: “May Allah curse the one who branded it.” 
 
It is related from Abu Huayra that the prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: 
“Do not use the backs of your animals as chairs. Allah has made them subject to you, so that by them you can reach places that you would not otherwise be able to reach except with great fatigue” (Abu Dawud) 
 
BUDDHISM 
On 5th October 2013 from allandone: 
Buddhism is a realisation that all life, not just human, evolves to higher and higher spiritual planes. 
 
All of this is a Divine Purpose. 
 
If you deliberately interrupt another’s path then you are deliberately preventing the Divine Purpose from being carried out. 
 
If you deliberately harm another then again you are hindering that one from completeing its journey. 
 
If you harm one then it will reflect upon yourself and interrupt your own path to a higher consciousness. 
 
That which is Divine created all life: the Divine is all life: harming another living being is harming the Divine Purpose. 
BAHAI FAITH 
On 4th October from onebahai.blogspot 
 
"How can we say that animals don't have souls?" 
 
The cry of that question came from deep within the heart of a caring, and troubled, young man. He was very much in love with the Faith, but had not yet figured out how to get past this troublesome question. 
 
In "'Abdu'l-Baha in London", we read, "When asked about the individual persistence of the animal's personality after death, 'Abdu'l-Bahá said: 'Even the most developed dog has not the immortal soul of the man; yet the dog is perfect in its own place.'" 
 
read more: http://onebahai.blogspot.com/2009/10/animals-and-souls.html#ixzz2gmakXoat 
 
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On 4th October 2013 from Manicka 
Then, O ye friends of God! Ye must not only have kind and merciful feelings for mankind, but ye should also exercise the utmost kindness towards every living creature. The physical sensibilities and instincts are common to animal and man. Man is, however, negligent of this reality and imagines that sensibility is peculiar to mankind, therefore he practices cruelty to the animal. In reality what difference is there in physical sensations! Sensibility is the same whether you harm man or animal: there is no difference. Nay, rather, cruelty to the animal is more painful because man has a tongue and he sighs, complains and groans when he receives an injury and complains to the government and the government protects him from cruelty; but the poor animal cannot speak, it can neither show its suffering nor is it able to appeal to the government. If it is harmed a thousand times by man it is not able to defend itself in words nor can it seek justice or retaliate. Therefore one must be very considerate towards animals and show greater kindness to them than to man. Educate the children in their infancy in such a way that they may become exceedingly kind and merciful to the animals. If an animal is sick they should endeavour to cure it; if it is hungry, they should feed it; if it is thirsty, they should satisfy its thirst; if it is tired, they should give it rest. 
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CHRISTIANITY 
From Pilgrim on 3rd October 2013 
That God gave his only Son because he loves us so much is surely an indication that He would allow animals to have eternal life. 
 
In Revelation we are told that God will create a new earth. No doubt the earth will contain humans but is that it? No animals? Who will we talk to when we don’t want to talk to each other? 
 
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." (Genesis 1:26, NIV) however this does not mean that animals do not have souls. It just means exactly what it says. 
 
Yet - 2 Peter 2:12 
 
".......They are like unreasoning animals, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like animals they too will perish. 
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SHOULD THIEVES BE PUNISHED?  
ATHEISM 
On 2nd October 2013 from nocononlyscience: 
Atheists are the same as anyone else except that they do not believe that there is an afterlife. The punishment meted out by the governments of their cultures are accepted as a ‘that’s the way things are’ attitude without reference to any higher moral purpose. 
SPIRITUALISM 
On 1st October 2013 from Everywoman 
It is not that we punish thieves but that all four of the major Spiritualist organisations stress the inter-connectedness of human beings. We are ourselves responsible for our actions and we receive retribution (or compensation) in the afterlife. 
 
The National Spiritualist Association of Churches 
Highest morality is the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." 
 
We affirm the moral responsibility of individuals, and that we make our own happiness or unhappiness as we obey or disobey Nature’s physical and spiritual laws. 
 
 
The Spiritualist Association of Great Britain, 7 Principles 
We believe that in the Hereafter, all must account for their actions on earth and will judge themselves accordingly. 
 
We believe that all are responsible for the way they conduct their earthly lives 
 
The Greater World Christian Spiritualist Association, Belief and Pledge 
Based upon the Zodiac messages from the mediumship of Winifred Moyes. 
 
I believe that all forms of Life created by God intermingle, are interdependent, and evolve until perfection is attained. 
 
I believe in perfect justice of the Divine Laws governing all Life. 
 
 
The Spiritualists' National Union 
Personal Responsibility. 
 
Compensation and Retribution hereafter for all Good and Evil Deeds done on Earth. 
HUMANIST 
On 30th September 2013 from Helper: 
Humanists make the punishment fit the crime in an enlightened, 21st century manner. 
(not the universal ‘send them to prison’ nor the religious ‘death!’) but to consider in detail how the thief can be punished without rendering them a burden on society thereafter. Alongside the punishment lies help and education 
SPIRITUALITY 
On 29th September 2013 from Uhuruguru 
Does the thief refer to Diety to ask for guidance? 
Not one of the world’s religions nor schools of thought condones theft yet very few, if any, believers will commit themselves to specifically stating in public ( ie outside their place of worship) exactly how adherence to their faith will deter a person from stealing, or from any other course of action. 
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CONFUCIANISM 
On 28th September 2013 from Everyman: 
Under Confucian leadership, theft is punished by ostracism and humiliation rather than physical punishment. 
 
The Confuciuan will suppress his or her own greed in the knowledge that by this good example others will refrain from theft. 
 
“The superior man is anxious in case he should not get truth; he is not anxious if poverty come upon him.” (Analects, bk. xv., c. xxxi.) 
 
“The superior man thinks of virtue; the ordinary man thinks of comfort.” (Analects, bk. iv., c. xi.) 
 
“The mind of the superior man has knowledge of righteousness; the mind of the ordinary man has knowledge of gain.” (Analects, bk. iv., c. xxi.) 
 
“The superior man in all things considers righteousness essential.” (Analects, bk. xv., c. xvii.) 
 
In Confucianism, individual desire is put to one side and the family and society are expected to abide by the moral code. 
ZOROASTRIA 
on 26th september 2013 Resurrection said: 
Those who follow Zoroastria follow the the three principles: 
good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. 
 
Therefore theft is subject to restitution and compensation to the victim, confession to God through priests and acceptance of the punishment decided by the priests. 
RELIGIOUS SOCIETY of FRIENDS 
On 25th September 2013 from Allan 
The Religious Society of Friends believes that God’s love includes everyone. 
The effective way of dealing with thieves is the application of Justice and Forgiveness, though exactly who it who decides that a response to theft is ‘Just’ is not specifically stated and is no doubt debated in the Schools of Ministry and Christian Colleges. 
 
The Quaker is famous for the promotion of Penal Reform and Rehabilitation, for what is friendship if not to heal? In Quaker life, instead of revenge carried out by the criminal justice system on behalf of society, criminals are to be healed, not punished. 
JUDAISM 
On Tuesday 24th September 2013 from Israelandme 
Punishment in the Torah is restitution of that which was stolen and the pain suffered by the soul of the Jew. 
 
If the means of restitution are not to hand then he the Jew’s earnings must be iven to his or her victim until full restitution is complete. 
 
Judaism regards the soul of the Jew as much more sensitive to G-d than a non-Jew. As such the soul of the Jew suffers much when the Jew is not G-dly in his dealings. 
SIKH 
On 22nd September 2013 from Resurgam: 
Chardi Kala: If I have committed theft and gained something, 
I have gained dishonour in this world and the next; 
 
Guru Maneyo Granth, Guru V and Gauri Rag: 
He, who restores a thing to its rightful owner, 
And obeys God's command willingly, 
Shall be blessed with four times the reward. 
 
Kirat Karo, Naarn Japo and Vand Chakko: The Sikh pursues justice for all human beings because the Sikh is required to carry out social reform for all of humankind 
ISLAM 
In the Sharia laws of Islam, equivalence is the Law in the Quran (2:178-179). According to the Quranic criminal justice, a Muslim who stole must work for you until you are fully paid for the asset stolen, plus any damage and inconvenience the theft may have caused you 
At the same time, the thief’s family is not deprived of their means of support 
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HINDHU 
 
from Chandiboy 20th September 2013 
The 13th of the 18 sections of Hindu Law ( Dharmaśāstras ) deals with theft. 
 
Theft is the result of believing that we lack something. How would we come to believe that we lack something? 
 
These affect us because in our previous life we allowed the world to govern our thoughts and feelings instead of ourselves controlling all aspects of our lives to create a positive life that has positive consequences in future lives. 
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CHRISTIAN 
from A Christian 19th September 2013 
 
Phillipians 4:19 
But my God will supply all your need according to His riches 
(KJV) 
Mathew 6:26 
Behold the birds of the air, for they so not, neither do they reap,, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 
(KJV) 
 
So, if you steal then you are not allowing God to provide for you, you are not having faith in God 
 
ALSO see Ephesians 4:28 
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 
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BAHAI FAITH 
from Omnium on 16th September 2013 
BaHai laws are given for the individual to consider in the light of their conscience with reference to the general principles of the Bahá’í Faith. As such the individual follows the guidance because he has faith in the principles of Bahá’í and because they fear God. 
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On 18th August 2013 at 16:03, Nocononlyscience wrote:
In secular matters, as an atheist, you have free will so either you have accepted the blame because you are overwhelmed by the transgressors persuasion or because you derive some benefit by doing so. The consequences of this non-belief to yourself will have to be dealt by yourself without recourse to scripture of any kind. The consequence to the perpetrator matters to you only so far as you are influenced by the perpetrator, yet that would be inconsistency in your atheism because your irreligious naturalism would not permit you to be concerned about sheltering another.

Unless, of course, that other was someone dear to you in which case you would be moving from atheism to religion. This question of atheism and religion, then, for you,
is decide whether to be atheist or religious. When you read the news do you do become a free thinker and successfully detach from any conscience ( religion).?
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