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  1. The animals did not eat from the Tree of the knowledge of Good and evil in Paradise. They're not human. And sinless. And people know what they're doing is bad, and they do it anyway. This “tree” is a metaphor.

  2. If we talk about the most common religions, then there are 2 different explanations about the” sinful ” behavior of animals. In Abrahamic religions (including Christianity), the question is solved through the postulate that a person has an immortal soul, which animals do not have, respectively, a person must avoid sin/pray and repent in order to save it, and animals have nothing to save but life. Plus, there is a concept(not dogmatic, but popular) that initially God created animals sinless, but their nature was perverted by the devil.

    Somewhat more interesting, in my opinion, is the concept of Eastern religions that speak about reincarnation, the transmigration of souls. According to some of these religions, animals, as well as humans and all other entities, are “responsible for bad behavior” in the form of bad karma. Accordingly, if the animal “sins recklessly” then in the next life it will suffer more than in this one, it is born with a “decrease” and so on.

  3. I read the opinion that God allows the” sins ” of animals for human admonition. So that people can look at animals and understand…. When I commit sin, I become like an animal. So among goats and dogs, sexual intercourse can occur between males. But perhaps the concept of sin does not apply to animals. Because animals are not aware of what is happening. It's all based on your instincts. And man is also given reason. It's not bad to use it sometimes…..

  4. Hello. In Islam, people have no willpower. They act on instinct. Because of this, when the Day of Judgment comes, they turn into earth. And people are meant to be responsible for themselves.

  5. In Buddhism, the cycle of rebirth of a living being is determined by the law of kamma (karma). What is kamma can be said for quite a long time. But roughly speaking, this is the law of retribution: if you do good, you get good, if you do bad, you get bad. In addition ,the” quality “of a new birth of a living being is determined by its “fantasy”, that is, again, roughly: the world in which this or that being is reborn will be what this living being is at the time of death.�

    In addition, in Buddhism there is a concept of the so-called good and bad destinies. The world of men and gods is considered good, and the hells, the world of animals and hungry spirits are considered unwholesome. Unwholesome inheritances are considered such for two reasons.�

    First, the beings in them experience extreme suffering, both physical and psychological. Their minds are full of very heavy obscurations, such as anger, aggression, fear. Hell is a symbol of almost endless physical suffering (creatures can stay there for a whole kalpa, that is, several billion years), but the animal world is not much better: even cats and dogs that seem so cute to us live if you understand the rather creepy reality of constant fear, physical pain, etc.�

    Secondly, the mental defilements of animals living in the hell of naraks and hungry spirits and their very way of life do not allow them to form good kamma in order to escape from unwholesome destinies and be reborn in some more pleasant place. In fact, we humans sometimes live almost like animals or infernal spirits: we are preoccupied with our unpleasant experiences, aggression, fear and other nonsense, which, if you think about it, is not worth a penny! But even as humans, it is often difficult to understand simple things, such as that it is pointless to feel anger, hurt other people, or take revenge (what could be more pointless than revenge?!). And imagine animals whose minds are so polluted that they can't even understand anything at all – their emotions are already turned into instincts, they can't do anything else at all!�

    From a Buddhist point of view, the vast majority of people came to the human world after millions or even billions of years of suffering in the lower realms, in the unwholesome realms, where they had to work very hard to accumulate literally a drop of good kamma, which helped them all eventually incarnate here. Perhaps cats warming up abandoned human babies with their warmth, or dogs saving their owners, or Amur tiger making friends with Timur the goat and not eating it, perhaps such animals are candidates for future people. But this behavior is extremely unusual for animals.

    That is, Buddhism does not condone animals. He urges people to observe at least the basic moral principles set forth in the five lay vows (not to kill, not to steal, not to lie, not to commit adultery, not to use intoxicating substances), just so as not to fall back into the creepy lower worlds, from which you will not just get out…

  6. I will speak for the Abrahamic religions, rather for their progenitor – Judaism. The tablets with the ten commandments (thou shalt not kill, honor, covet…), given by God to Moses, regulate exclusively the lives of people. There are no commandments regulating the life of animals.�

    For animals, there is no law, which means that they have no concept of sinfulness.�

    One of the tenets of Judaism is free will, and you are responsible for what you choose. Animals do not have free will, which once again confirms that the concept of sinfulness cannot exist for them.

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