Animals and plants have souls (which is a characteristic of living things) but the souls of the non-human die with the being. Humans were not meant to die, but animals and plants were.
It is the devil who introduced death to the world. The created order is a physical sign of a great battle, so there is contest and death in the order BEFORE Adam was born and before Adam sinned.
Let us quit accusing man of the consequences of Satan's sin. Man joined the forces of death by his sin. Creation became disordered with his sin, because the being meant to bring order to the primordial chaos now joined forces with the instigator of the chaos.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Don't throw the sin of Lucifer into the teeth of Adam