Does all life have a soul? The answer is yes, it does. Everything living that emanates from the Creator has a soul. All things return to the Creator in the form of energy. He has the power over all energies in creation. He can reanimate whomever or whatever he wishes. “But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them.” Revelation 11:11 (HCSB) All things created on this planet by the Word for the Creator have souls. This is pointed out in Genesis 1:21-24: “So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. [He also created] every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So God blessed them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Evening came, and then morning: the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so.”
Luke 21:19 informs that by endurance on our part we will acquire our souls. Ecclesiastes 12:7 reveals that the soul leaves the body and returns to the Creator who is in the Heavens. Psalms 16:10 reveals that our trust in Christ not to leave our soul in eternal death. We should not become fearful of those that can kill the body but cannot kill our soul. Read Matthew 10:28 says, “Don’t fear those who kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” and Luke 21:19 says that by endurance on our part we will acquire our lives.
We humans think in terms of what we see, hear and smell on your physical plane of existence. Yet our plane is merely a framework to contain our physical containers. All living things on the physical plane are in containers. When the container is used up, the spirit energy within that container returns to where it originally came from.
Where do you think everything in existence came from? Where did you and all things in creation originate from? Where do you think all things are returning to? They return to where they originally came from. The physical Earth itself is a container. All things belong to Yahweh, our Creator. All life originates from Him. All life has souls that belong to Him. All of creation belongs to Him. Acts 4:24 states that He made the heavens and the earth and the sea and all things in them. He is the King for eternity. Jeremiah 10:10 states, “But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. The earth quakes at his wrath, and the nations cannot endure His rage.”
Matthew 10:29-30 reveals that some souls are of more value to Yahweh than others. “Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” But He knows even when a sparrow’s soul has left its physical body and returned. Yet, He places a higher value on human souls. Everything has its place in creation. He created all things for a purpose. An animal, nor an insect can worship Him. They are of lessor value in His eyes, but they are nonetheless part of creation. And from Jesus’ own words at the prescribed Scripture, he notes that Yahweh knows even when those of a lessor value have departed the physical plane for the return home. It is because He owns all of creation. You, me, all of us, we are here because of His Will. It is a kindness on His part that any of us exist. When you kill, you are killing something that belongs to Him. But you are permitted to kill under certain circumstances. You can kill in self-defense. You can kill because the lower creation, that of insects are acting as pests. You can kill an animal or a human if they are trying to physically harm you or someone else. He gives you the right to protect your life and that of others. It is the wanting of killing for no reason that He will call you into account. Judge your own actions in all that you do, for He certainly will call an accounting if you are in error of judgment.
Does Yahweh take note of the lower creations? The animal kingdom is used to illustrate things. Does this not in itself point to the fact that He recognizes all of His creations?
“The form of [each of] their faces was that of a man, and each of their four had the face of a lion on the right, the face of an ox on the left, and the face of an eagle. [That is what] their faces [were like]. Their wings were spread upward; each had two [wings] touching that of another and two wings covering its body” Ezekiel 1:10-11 (HCSB)
“Also before the throne was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. In the middle and around the throne were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.” Revelation 4:6-7 (HCSB)
Animals have been used to represent wild beast-like ruling powers that oppress people. This illustration typified by animals is because the animal kingdom does not worship Him due to lessor intelligence. Yahweh is pointing out through the illustration that the ruling powers lack the same intelligence. But they lack it due to the Negative Energy they have cultivated from His arch enemy, Satan the Devil.
Even an insect as small as an ant is in His arrangement of things. The ants are called “a people” from the Hebrew ‘am meaning in Proverbs, just as Joel referred to the locusts as “a nation.” In Joel 1:6 He says it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of a lioness. Here Yahweh illustrates with other animals to make His point what kind of damage this nation of locust can do under His direction. In Proverbs 6:8 He directs us to the ant. He explains how the ant exists. He gives divine knowledge into one of His smaller creations. They live in colonies and are industrious with the instinctive wisdom He has endowed them with. But what you should note is that Yahweh takes note of even that tiny creation of His. It is because it too belongs to Him and has its place in creation. Only when they become a pest is it alright to exterminate those that cause problems. Otherwise, you are killing something that does not belong to you. Proverbs 30:24-31 speaks of the lower creations of life. All have a place in creation. He considers them all extremely wise. He endowed them with that wisdom.”
So, just to reiterate, the soul is an extension of Yahweh’s (source of) energy and it’s only our intelligence that sets us apart from the animal and plant kingdom. When the container the soul is stored in dies, the soul returns to its original place. And the example of the ants - that is not to say they have intelligence like us. We were created in Yahweh’s image. That means we possess His attributes. The Ants and other insects, as well as the animal kingdom possess instinctive wisdom provided by the Creator. The wisdom of the Ant for example, is not intelligent reasoning like we humans and ghosts, and angels possess. It simply results from endowed instincts the insects were given for survival and adaptation of the different environments they live in. Ants work off scent for paths they cut to the mounds. Their existence is just an instinctive wisdom. They help in the cycle of life on this planet, just as all things do. Maggots help to rid the earth of dead things, as do vultures. All are part of the cycle of life and death on the physical plane and getting rid of the used up containers. But, we are superior in intelligence, which is what Yahweh intended that we be.”