Salvation of Animals (Pencils & Prayer Ropes)

Salvation of Animals (Pencils & Prayer Ropes)

Hello my siblings in Christ, I am Bojan and welcome to the video that I’ve been meaning to make for the past year but I just never got around to doing it, knowing how long it’ll take. Also, I am really bad at drawing animals, so if you see a pet jellyfish, that is because they’re so easy to draw. I’ve recently put my dog to sleep so now is a good time to talk about an issue that is particularly modern, that is – – the ultimate destiny of animals. So far, I’ve had four pets: Chilly Willy the hamster, Vasa (the cat, not the nun), Tiffany the Persian cat and Čeda the Maltese dog. Next want to get Galápagos tortoise so that, when I die, it can go: ‘’Buaaa, my human died! Do humans go to heaven? I had to put him to sleep, it was the most difficult decision of my life!’’ Now, do animals animals go to heaven? Bear in mind that I am no theologian and that, at the moment, I’m extremely emotionally charged, so I am biased. Depending on what you mean by ‘heaven’, my answer is – yes and no. If by heaven you mean the time between our death and our resurrection, then no – I don’t think that our animal friends are currently frolicking around the Throne of God. However, they just might be – I’d very much like to be wrong on that part. Us Christians are people of the resurrection, and I wholeheartedly believe that our animal friends will be brought back to life at Christ’s glorious advent. Now, there is a lot of opposition to what I’m saying. For that purpose, I’ve made this handy hand puppet, which I’ll call Symeon the New Strawman, whom I’ll use to present the arguments of my opponents in a simplified manner and then reduce those simplified arguments to dust. Let us begin. Symeon the New Strawman, you have the word. Animals can’t be saved, they aren’t made in the image of God! Well, this one’s easy to refute. Are angels made in the image of God? No. And if you say that someone or something cannot be saved because it’s not made in the image of God, well… How to put this gently… Don’t grow too attached to your guardian angel. God became a man, not an animal! Yes, you are right. God would never sink so low as to take the form of an animal. Ok, seriously now. Yes, the Lord didn’t become incarnate as an animal, but the Holy Spirit sure did take the form as a dove. Now, Christ not being an animal does not imply that animals are doomed – in fact, Him becoming a man affirms the ultimate salvation of animals. Man was placed as a custodian of whole nature, and what Christ does for men extends, through His incarnation, over the whole of material creation. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t bless water, use icons, wear vestments and incorporate matter in different ways into our services. Furthermore, just look at this thing. It’s a cherub. The way it appears to humans is like 90% animal. I think that God and angels are much more affirmative of animals than us humans. Animals cannot be saved, they don’t have an immortal soul! Where to even begin with this one? I like to call this argument ‘Gnosticism in disguise.’ If you say that animals cannot be saved because they don’t have a soul, you’re essentially saying that nothing without a soul will be in the Kingdom of Heaven – we will forever hover in a great void. Do you know what else doesn’t have a soul? Clothes. Mind you, I do not want to see all the saints I see on the frescoes in the nude. That would be awkward for everyone. The argument itself is faulty. It implies that God cannot create something with an actual identity without an immortal soul, as if our soul was a disk with our entire personality. Well, it’s not, body forms our personality as well, and that is why the resurrection is so important. Yes, the animals may not have an immortal soul, and that is why I don’t believe that they exist in some way or another when they die, but they can have living bodies, and those bodies can be resurrected, as attested many times over in the lives of the saints. And if St. Sylvester can resurrect an ox killed with magic, God too can resurrect all the animals since forever. You’re being overly emotional. You don’t need animals to be happy in the Kingdom! Okay, I hate this argument because, technically, it is correct. Yes, I don’t need them. You know who else I don’t need in the Kingdom of God to be happy? My family. My friends. All the angels. The Mother of God. You. Everyone you love. While it is true that the grace of God fill any lack that we might have, it is also the most basic of Christian hopes that many will end up in the Kingdom, including, but not limited to, non-Christians, our enemies and so forth. We call that love, wishing the best for the other. It’s not about ‘me’ and ‘me being happy’ – I would just genuinely rejoice at all those animals enjoying existence again. Finally, while I don’t need animals to be happy, animals still are a manifestation of God’s love for us. What makes animals amazing is that, while that manifestation is not God’s love for us per se, that manifestation can and does love us in return. It is a literal gift that gives on giving. A Christian that has ceded animals to ultimate destruction essentially says that they weren’t that big of a gift in the first place. Saint X said that animals don’t go to heaven! Here I would simply reiterate the standard responses to Saint X said argument: the issue is not dogmatically defined by the Church, saints aren’t magically infallible, there are issues upon which saints disagree and this is something we will only be certain of after we die and are resurrected. I’d add my two cents here – Pets are a very modern thing. In previous times, people approached animals in an utilitarian fashion: cattle provides meat, milk and leather, fowl provides meat and eggs, cats hunt dangerous rodents, dogs protect. Even if one had a ‘pet,’ it was usually not allowed in the house. People didn’t bond with animals as muc and weren’t strangers to personally killing animals that would end up on their plate. Having that in mind, I could easily see why some saint would be far more detached from the salvation of animals than a modern man. However, that does not make my experience any less relevant. People invest too much time and energy into their pets, calling them their children! Yes, we can love our pets too much, but idolatry does not mean that the object of worship is bad on its own, it is just that our own love is excessive. If you proclaim the Mother of God a goddess, it doesn’t make her bad, it makes your overzealous love for her bad. For both Čeda and Tiffany, my pets from the beginning of this video, I flat our refused to have expensive surgeries which would save their lives – I thought it would be unfair to invest so much money for animals when there are people living in this world who never see such an amount in their own lifetime. I love my pets, but they’re still not human. What’s next? Dog baptisms!? Kitty communions!? Just no. Now, what does the Bible say? The Bible is clear. God proclaimed animals to be good (as with the rest of creation), and He creates no thing in order for it to be destroyed. God won’t even destroy Satan when everything comes to an end, and I seriously doubt that He’d destroy my cat Tiffany and yet allow the Prince of Evil to exist. Buddhist monks of Tibet are known for making beautiful mandalas out of sand just so they would destroy them – and trust me, neither is Christ a Tibetan monk, nor is His creation a sand mandala. St. John the Theologian saw a new heaven and new earth, purged from death and sin. According to the Scriptures, the only thing that dies, in the end, is death itself. In new heaven, there will be no new angels, just the separation of angels and demons; on new earth, there will be no new humans and no new animals, just the old ones completely freed from the clutches of death. I will just finish this with a quote from St. Justin Popović who said: “The Kingdom of God isn’t the Kingdom of God until every last little bug is in there.” I can only say – amen. Hello everyone, I just wanted to remind you: if you liked this video and haven’t subscribed already, please consider doing so, and there will be many more videos on different aspects of Christian life. Bye!

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  1. I remember when the Holy Spirit zapped me to get my life in order I found myself an amazing “softy”…. a tiny mouse invaded my kitchen. A roommate demanded I get rid of it. Now! I just could not. I would look at the mouse and he would look at me. I absolutely could not get myself to get rid of the little creature. Each night I was secretly feeding this little creature. Well … mouse got PG! I laid out even more cheese. All in secret🙄. When things got out of hand I picked off each little creature. Each mouse went to my heart. When only the mother mouse was left I cornered the mouse in the bathroom. She was sick. Shacking. Unable to scamper off. I grabbed the creature and through it in the toilet. To this day I have not forgotten this mouse family. They opened my heart to human creatures.

  2. Since Jesus had to experience every feeling us humans had to go through, that means he has to feel our intense love with puppies. Who could resist a bug eyed pug? They’re too cute to not have live again!! ( this isn’t meant to be super serious by the way)

  3. St. Sylvester? Did you mean the Bishop of Rome during the Holy Council of Nicaea I?

    I never heard of that tradition, actually.

  4. On a more serious point I think the greatest argument against animals being re incarnated is the fact that people are said to have a soul and spirit while animals have a spirit. Who knows

  5. A i kako da ne volimo naše kućne ljubimce koliko i majka voli svoje dete kada nam daju toliku sreću i mame ogroman osmeh na lice i posle najtežeg dana! Imam zeca i kada bi on uginuo bilo bi mi mnogo krivo, ali bih imala nadu da ću ga videti jednoga dana na onom svetu 🙂 🐇🐰 on je moj mali Duško Dugouško 😍😍 Bojane super video kao i uvek! Volela bih da vidim video o poslednjim danima… Poslednji dani na zemlji opisani na kraju biblije: tvoje mišljenje kad će biti i kako će se desiti 🙂 ako već imaš neki video na tu temu šalji link 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing your opinion! I have been thinking about this question a lot since studying theology and it is the first time I agree. For some reason I dont not want to take what a lot of people say because animals are a beautiful part of Gods creation and in my opinion there is a reason for us loving, and adoring them. Thank you for your videos! They have been a lot of inspiration for me lately.

  7. I am with you. I firmly believe my departed dogs will be in the world to come. They may not have immortal souls or be made in God's image, but God gave them the capacity for love, and their love forever connects them to the source of love, the giver of life. That's my belief. May it be as God wills.

  8. I always thought sence animals didn't partake in the sin of Adam they aren't held to it. Seeing how they are just animals and all. They are God's creation and he loves all his creation. So, maybe?

  9. Thanks for this video, very well spoken and thought out. Plus, Bible Illustrated man you are so funny! God loves animals, why else did He make them all, and not just animals we use for food/clothing? Has anyone seen the YT videos of the exotic birds and wildlife in uncivilized rain forests and such? They are secluded from the rest of the world with seemingly few predators. These animals are amazingly beautiful, smart and all out weird/otherworldly in their looks and behavior. Also why the deep sea creatures? Ones that don't see the light of day? We have such a massive plethora of animals and they are all so beautiful and fascinating. I think God made them because He is awesome and awesomely cool to come up with such creatures. Not to mention the rest of His creation.

    I've often thought, why did God make animals in the first place? All that makes sense to me is what I said above. Plus, He can and has used them to be His messengers and helpers of mankind. Also, it's been said that before the Fall of Man, in Eden, animals didn't suffer for food or have a harsh life like they do now (I think St. Paisios said this). The reason they have to scavenge and kill and still barely survive is due to sin entering the world through man's disobedience. The WHOLE of creation anxiously awaits the resurrection.

  10. I sincerely hope that what you say is true. (And technically Christ did become an animal. Humans ARE animals.) But I do have some questions.

    1. Heaven is not the same as Eden. It is not a Garden of earthly delights. It is so much more! It is the Beatific Vision and participation in the Life of the Trinity. (That's why Pelagianism doesn't work: a supernatural good cannot be attained by natural means.) Certainly (lower) animals will not be divinized alongside humans. My dog will never see God unless He comes in the form of Viaticum.

    2. Animals have souls, or more properly, are souls. But so do/are trees, bacteria, bits of mold, etc. Why privilege one biological kingdom over another? (This is also my objection to Veganism.) And let's say that all living creatures from blue whales to the Ebola virus are saved? Not to mention long dead creatures such as the non-avian dinosaurs. That's a lot of matter! (I have to admit though, I soooooo want this to be true. I'm a curious person. I want to know what all God's creatures going back to the pre-cambrian really looked like.)
    And what about other things which we don't traditionally view as living things, like stars? After all, angels aren't biological creatures.

  11. Wasn't it God's intention for animals to be apart of paradise anyhow as seen in the Garden of Eden?

    Also could you Please Please Please do a video on Saints who have disagreed with each other?

  12. Well done! Thank you for your kind video on this special topic. Of course animals go to heaven, and I expect to meet all of mine when I die.

  13. God made animals, therefore part of his holy creation. God have mercy on them and protect them from man who treats them horribly here on earth. I hope all the abused animals who are tortured here on earth get there rightful place to live in peace in another realm.

  14. I’ve noticed something I find interesting
    I have noticed that many orthodox Christians seem to have a (maybe a ritual reverence?) to Greek alphabets… is it similar to how Muslims use Arabic regardless of which language they speak? What I mean to say is that is certain Greek script respected because it was used by a particular holy person? I’m very curious and would be thankful for anyone who takes the time to help answer my inquiry

  15. Da li je greh uspavati zivotinju. Eutanazirati je, ubiti je ? Jebiga svi vole zivotinje pa ocekuju da ce zivotinje da udju u Carstvo Bozije, po nekom automatizmu… Ako zivotinje mogu uci uci u carstvo Bozije, kako li ga one zasluzuju ? Imaju li one uopste mogucnost kontrole svojih postupaka ? Da li zivotinja razlikuje dobro od zla ?

  16. I always figured that in heaven we won't really need or want to have animals as pets or anything else, but since animals are part of God's good creation (even though we sometimes eat them and turn them into energy and waste), they all must witness the second coming together with all of creation… But, when we are with Christ we won't be sad about our dead animal friends, whether we ate them or not, and neither will the spirits of the animals suffer any punishment, since animals can't sin, and are therefore exempt from judgment. Which animal is going to heaven with us? Can animals be martyrs? The mouse who is squished in the mouse-trap because he annoys us? The cow that became a steak to nourish and please us? The dog who is falsely equated with a human child and fed table scraps until he dies of dog-diabetes? We shouldn't worry about the salvation of animals, we should worry about what God thinks of our treatment of animals… I'm not a PETA person or anything, but I do believe that compassion and appreciation toward the dumb beasts is part of Christian life, whether you choose to keep pets or not… Some of the first eyes to see the newborn Christ belonged to farm-animals.

  17. I have similar questions about so-called "service animals" (you know, the person who has to bring their chihuahua on the plane because they get nervous)… What if I am nervous around chihuahuas? Do I get to bring my Pitbull to make feel safe around the Chihuahua?

    What about cobras and mongooses? Spiders and flies? Orcas and seals? Who is really the bad guy?

    I think people are way too concerned about their pets; in the old days, "pets" had practical jobs to do such as hunting, herding livestock, and catching mice and rats… Nowadays they are mostly useless except for entertainment and surrogate "love". So many people abuse their pets and treat them like disposable toys, and then, when the pets die, they cry like they lost one of their own children… The good shepherd in the parable didn't go out of his way to find his lost sheep because he wanted to take it home and comb its hair and name it George; that sheep was destined to be slaughtered on the sacrificial altar at the temple; the goal of all good sheep since Abel!

  18. Does… Does this mean I will have to deal with all the bugs I killed at some point in the future? Awkward. Btw, I don't agree with the, no expensive doggy life saving surgery because someone somewhere is poor thing.

  19. maybe this will help…..Russian Orthodox here……….

  20. I once spoke with orthodox priests who suggested universal salvation for all mankind was possible according to the bible and some church fathers. It seems strange people would suggest this when the evidence for hell and damnation is so strong.

  21. So you belive in reincarnation? You realize that part of proteins that make your body were and will be proteins of someone/something else. So at reincarnation, if we will have material bodies, how gets what proteins, will God create new bodies from scratch? Se this is why I don't like religion, overcomplicating things when logic fails

  22. I believe our pets go to heaven n be with us. Because i believe God will give gift to us. It just like "God, can i have my dog here? ". God : "there u go".

  23. God made creation and it is good about sums it up. If it is good why do we think we can mistreat and disrespect it it. It is disrespectful towards the maker.

  24. Romans 8:22-24 New International Version (NIV)

    22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groaninwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?

  25. I enjoy watching your videos. Unfortunatly and paradoxicly, the more the Bible became able to people, the less the collective have willness to read it. Nowadays it is more dificult to achieve all the goals in religion for some people for many reasons. Ortodox christians are traditional,but i think that they have to cooperate with modern tecnology in order to help other people in relogion. Thanks to your videos, many people as me can get better with knowing tradition!

  26. I think animals are just automatically saved since they don’t really know the difference between right or wrong

  27. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God;`for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.“ (Romans 8:19-23) St. Paul says that the resurrection includes the entire creation which, presumably, includes animals. St. Popovic is in good company!

  28. I read some sayings of the fathers once saying that animals will be in heaven but I can't remember which fathers were quoted.

  29. Animals are sinless and aren't in need of salvation. I would think the rapture writes itself with regards to animals as well as plants. They remain forever on a deathless earth, everything extinct lives again, the lions lay down with the lambs, and all this remains as pleasing to God as it ever did.

  30. Thank you so much for this video. I am Orthodox and an animal lover. I have had some difficulty in my life and my faith and dogs have helped me continue and overcome these issues. I feel Gods love through the innocent and unconditional love from my dogs. I thank the Lord in my prayers for his gift of these loving creatures.

  31. Animals not being allowed in houses is not correct, or then it is more about culture and time period than anything else. Domestic animals were kept inside the house. Also people did grew attachment to the animals in their care, even though they were not so much pets as they were domestic animals.

  32. Angels are made in the image of God because they have free will and embody his character. They are called sons of God.

    They are different kinds of images from us though.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but that was my impression

  33. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
    Can't happen if they're not in the kingdom.

  34. I honestly think that things like parasites and other such wicked creatures are almost like the demons of the natural world. They seem irredeemable. Who in there right mind would want a mosqu6to have anything but a dose of poison?

  35. I loved my first dog, a rescue who went from being emaciated and scared to the most loving of creatures. By strange coincidence (or not at all?), the following happened – I had long made it a habit to bring home holy bread from Sunday liturgy for those who were unable to go, and the very Sunday before my dog died (in sudden fashion) something motivated me to give him a piece, for the first time ever. I was very comforted to know that he had been blessed, in whatever way possible, by the holy bread.

    Not too long afterward we got a puppy, and shortly after that we adopted a dog who had been in a couple of other households first (poor guy!). They have gotten a piece of holy bread from me every time I have been to church and was able to bring some home. I have no idea whether this means anything or not, but literally nothing excites them more than seeing me in my usual church clothing with my small bag of holy bread. Keep in mind that they get excited for any "food" that they consistently receive – they, accurately, always expect a piece of pizza crust when we get a pizza – but for some reason this small and simple piece of bread is on another level for them.

    Make of that what you will. But it warms my heart, at least.

  36. According to Revelation 5:13, animals can also be conscious of God and praise him for ever and ever.

  37. How lovely is your dwelling place,
        Lord Almighty!
     My soul yearns, even faints,
        for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh cry out
        for the living God.
     Even the sparrow has found a home,
        and the swallow a nest for herself,
        where she may have her young—
    a place near your altar,

    Psalm 84

    and he was in the wilderness forty days,being tempted  by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

    Mark 1:13

  38. I found this video pretty much a big relief after my cat died. Can you please send me where did you find the quote of Saint Justin Popovic, whom I recently started reading, and for the help of others, can you please put some subtitles? (I am thinking to show this to children in church school) Thank you

  39. The lamb and the lion will once again lay down together when Christ comes….Orthodox fathers have stated. It was sin that made them predators…of other animals. People use the wrong word to describe that man had power over animals it was with the Greek translation God made man to be able to use animals for his benefit like being able to domesticate a horse in ancient times to help man build homes and use for himself. Russian Orthodoxy.

  40. Nice argument, but i think it’s stupid that you refused to spend money on surgeries to save your pets. Why do you eat then? That food could go to starving kids in Africa. Lol. This implies you never truly loved your pets, i just think that’s terrible logic

  41. One Roman rite tradition I thoroughly enjoy is the blessing of animals on the feast day of St. Francis of Assissi. Also, can I get an f in the chat for Chilly Willy

  42. I know my comment comes very late. Only now did I watch the video. I just want to pose this question, Bible Illustrated: if animal souls do not have immortal souls (which they don't), how can their bodies be resurrected? Aren't they going to decay and become part of the earth again? It is the immortal soul which enables resurrection, as it is the breath of life; the life of an animal is intrinsically bound to its body, whereas ours is not, which is why our souls can pass into the next world, leaving our bodies behind until they shall be resurrected again. I'm not saying there are no animals in Heaven, only that those that are there were created in Heaven and remain there, whereas those on earth were created on earth and will perish here. That also does not mean that God is destroying His creation; while moose certainly perish on earth, there are moose in Heaven, and so, while the one perishes for ever, the creation of moose does not perish as it continues to exist in Heaven for all eternity.

  43. The bible says that the lion's will lay with lamb's and they will eat straw like the ox, when Jesus reigns for 1,000 year's, so I believe they will be with us on the other side, He created them for us in the beginning before man's fall , before sin, and at that time the garden was perfect and was filled with every kind of plant and animal❣

  44. Angels aren't saved. Christ did not die on the cross for angels or animals. When the angels sinned against God, they were not "saved", but immediately cast out and have no second chance.

    That being said, I am not one to say that animals won't be with us in the New Heaven and the New Earth. Maybe all of our pets and animals will be there. God created animals and said it was good. However, to view them on the same level as humans is heresy. If there are animals there, it isn't because they have a soul or because they have salvation. None of those things apply to animals, thus God can just accept them into the afterlife if He wanted without the issue of sin and salvation.

  45. I must respectfully disagree with your point on pets being a modern thing, while I know this is irrelevant I can't help but mention this. That from where we have records of, we have records of humans having emotional bonds with animals. I mainly study European history so my points have a Eurocentric bias but I believe it still stands, we have found many tombs, and monuments created by people to honor dead pets, mainly in ancient Rome there are found small stone monuments and graves that are dedicated to pets, that were named and are given equivalents words like "Beloved" "Loyal" "Sweet". There are ancient books and scrolls that give evidence of people feeding and caring for indoor pets, some books that try to teach people how to feed their dogs the best food to care for them. I believe there are also some graves in northern Europe dedicated to pets as well. Some epitaphs marked on graves in ancient Rome and Greece include "I am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home in my own hands fifteen years ago." "Thou who passest on this path, If haply thou dost mark this monument, Laugh not, I pray thee, though it is a dog's grave. Tears fell for me, and the dust was heaped above me By a master's hand." "My eyes were wet with tears, our little dog, when I bore thee (to the grave)… So, Patricus, never again shall thou give me a thousand kisses. Never canst thou be contentedly in my lap. In sadness have I buried thee, and thou deservist. In a resting place of marble, I have put thee for all time by the side of my shade. In thy qualities, sagacious thou wert like a human being. Ah, me! What a loved companion have we lost!" "[Myia] never barked without reason, but now he is silent." "Here the stone says it holds the white dog from Melita, the most faithful guardian of Eumelus; Bull they called him while he was yet alive; but now his voice is prisoned in the silent pathways of night." "Issa's more pert than Lesbia's sparrow love, Purer than kisses of a turtle-dove, More sweet than hundred maidens rolled in one, Rarer than wealthy India's precious stone. She is the pet of Publius, Issa dear; She whines, a human voice you seem to hear."

  46. Хвала на лепом видеу, то ме питање одувек занимало.
    Ваш последњи цртеж, илустрација мисли Јустина Поповића је прелеп!
    Све нај боље од Бојане 😘

  47. It's simple!
    Animals have no soul and people have one.
    So if animals die they die, but if people die their soul will go to hell or heaven. Pretty sad for the animals but God created it this way.

  48. “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
    The calf and the young lion and the yearling together; and a little child shall lead them.
    The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together;
    And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
    And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."
    Isaiah 11

  49. I think there's also a thing about animals not having a "human spirit"(i'm not using the therm soul) and thus they won't need the ressurection for they have not sinned and choose to decide what's good and evil, they just live by what the Creator made them, when they die.. I think they just go back to The Creator in a "cherubim style" kkkkk

  50. I believe that whether you are a conscious or unconscious (presence-awakeness wise) person you can be saved. So animals dont seem too far fetched to me. All is nephesh and a result of His spoken word/breath of life.

  51. Thanks for making this! I am so impressed with Orthodoxy & have been looking at what the Orthodox believe about animal afterlife for some time. I do think animals have souls, though—just a different type of soul. And ah how they serve Him!

  52. Romans 8:19-23 "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."

  53. Thank you so much for this. I always saw my animal friends as a gift from God and another part of the creation. As such I believe it is my sacred duty to treat them with love and kindness. I genuinely believe that they give love back to us. They are a reminder that the Lord's creation is good. He made it good, and He proclaimed it to be such. I actually took St. Kevin of Glendalough as my patron saint when I became Orthodox becuase of his love of animals.

    May the blessings of Almighty God be with you! And I'm sorry that you lost your furry friend.

    Also, Simeon the New Straw Man is one of the funniest things I've ever heard. Well done!

  54. Given that God is All Powerful — I’m sure He can bring any pet you’ve ever had that’s died. They don’t have to have a soul, and honestly would you want them waiting all that time for you? Missing you? Better that we both wake together in Heaven only separated by the blink of an eye. The unconditional love they offer to us is a sign of God’s same love for us to comfort us here on Earth.

  55. Do animals go to heaven? Maybe. We don’t truly know, since it isn’t something that is explicitly stated in the Bible. However, they are God’s creation and, more likely than not, could also be redeemed for eternal peace.

  56. Very nice. I will definitely look up St. Justin Popovic, he sounds like my kind of guy. As a Roman Catholic I am a big fan of St. Francis di Paola, St. Martin de Porres, St. Philip Neri, and the ever-popular St. Francis of Assisi, all of whom were known for their regard for animals. St. Francis di Paola was even vegan, and he is said to have resurrected his pet animal (Fish or lamb depending on what you read) when someone else killed and ate it.

  57. Animals don’t need to be saved, because they are sinless. Remember that God preserved the animals during the flood.

  58. I just discovered your wonderful channel. I am studying Orthodox Christianity (was born Lutheran) and am finding the guidance to be more like Jesus Christ. Thank you so much. You have been blessed with much theological wisdom.

  59. This reminds me of "The Fisherman and His Soul" by Oscar Wilde. I know he was perverted but his fairy tales are extraordinary and betray a Christian imagination. In that story it is revealed to a Roman Catholic priest that God is love rather than wrath because of the fisherman's romantic love for a mermaid after which he proceeds to bless all creation in a procession including chimerical creatures like fauns.

  60. Kallistos Ware shared some great thoughts on this topic:

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