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Does Genesis 9:5 say that God holds animals accountable for killing humans? [closed]

I was looking back over Genesis 9, just after the flood, when God allowed man to eat animals for food. The text is fairly interesting here: 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood ...
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Do animals go to heaven/hell? [closed]

If animals don't have eternal souls, then it seems they would not be present in heaven or hell. Is heaven devoid of animals? Growing up I frequently saw art depicting the lion and the lamb together ...
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What is the true purpose of animals? [closed]

I'm no vegetarian, and I enjoy my fair share of steak. The idea of vegetarianism always intrigued me, because in my eyes animals are to be eaten by humans for nourishment. Obviously animals serve a ...
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Do Young Earth Creationists believe that insects, microorganisms, and animal cells died before the Fall?

As explained in answers to other questions,1 2 young-earth creationists (YECs) believe that there was no animal death prior to the Fall. They accept that plants must have "died," since man and ...
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What did the serpent look like?

The account of creation mentions the serpent being wise among all beasts. After the temptation God curses the serpent. "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this,...upon ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists explain the teeth of animals if there was no death before the fall?

Before the fall of man, did lions and tigers and other sharp-toothed animals have the flesh eating type of teeth? After looking at their teeth structure it seems that their teeth would have a terrible ...
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Does it state ANYWHERE in the Bible that pets can or can not go to heaven? [closed]

I've heard it both ways , but can't seem to find it. Some have told me dogs have no soul so they can't go, but I am sure my dog feels guilt when he steals food from the cat. Is that not a sign of a ...
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What is the Biblical basis for mankind being morally required to treat animals well?

In the modern day, humanity farms animals to such a degree that rampant animal suffering is present across the board. From our egg and milk industry to our meat industry conditions are appalling and ...
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According to the Catholic Church, do animals have free will?

Do animals have free will or are they already pre-defined in what they do? Also, how does the answer to this question affect humans when we use our free will to interact with animals? I'm looking for ...
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What was done with animals WITH defects?

A quick search reveals that the phrase "without defect" appears at least 46 times in the Old Testament. What happened to the animals that had defects? What is a defect, and were they fit for ...
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Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us? [closed]

Before the Flood man did not eat meat, and there were no carnivores: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, ...
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According to Catholicism, does intelligence or rationality belong to other animals by participation?

In the Summa Theologica, Question 108(5), St Thomas Aquinas writes: Therefore, if anything is to be called by a name designating its property, it ought not to be named from what it participates ...
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What common dog species were the ancient Jews familiar with?

The Bible tends to put dogs in a negative light, which may be appropriate: but I'm wondering if dogs of Bible times existed differently than our highly trained obedient breeds of our time. ...
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Love your Neighbor as Yourself vs Love Your Pet as Yourself [closed]

How do Christians justify: spending money on pet food while homeless people starve In the Bible, the two greatest commandments are Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest ...
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What is the significance of the donkey Jesus rode on Palm Sunday?

I'm working on different symbols of Palm Sunday. Has anyone done work on the significance of the donkey Jesus rode on?
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Does the Bible say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?

Do the canonical writings of any Christian group say if animals in Eden were carnivorous, or when animals on Earth became carnivorous?
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What did God mean by having dominion over animals?

What did God mean for man to do when he said in Genesis 1:26 man should take dominion over all the animals? Are there any practical examples cited by prominent theologians that would distinguish ...
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Why were animals killed in the OT? [duplicate]

For many reasons Jews had to offer an animal for healing their relations with God. But why needed those animals to be killed?
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What is the Christian symbol of the unicorn, and what does it suggest? [duplicate]

What is the Christian symbol of the unicorn, and what does it suggest? I have seen it in the seals of certain churches.
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If “Old Law is done away with”,then what about bestiality and incest? [duplicate]

Leviticus 18:7 states: "Do not violate your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; you must not have sexual relations with her." Isn't saying that the old law is ...
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Why did God create unnecessary creatures like wasps and flies? [closed]

When God first created this world, he made all the creatures that exist to this day. That ranges from Sophisticated beings like Humans to creatures that only have a life-span of a day or two. God ...