Swords to Plowshares

Promoting a faith-based love for all creation.

Doesn’t Genesis 2:7 say only humans have a soul, not animals?

“Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).

You are mistaken. In Gen 1:30 the exact same phrase is used to describe animals as is used in Genesis 2:7 for humans. The breath of life is given to animals and humans alike. And if you are referring to the “living being” part of Gen 2:7, that same phrase is used in Revelation 4:9 to describe animals praising God at the throne of God (i.e. in heaven). And Ecclesiastes 3:19 says humans and animals have the same fate. So the bible says that humans and animals are each made into living beings by the breath of life, that is – by the breath of God.

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