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On the fifth and sixth days God created material souls ahead of man . They were the lower animal creatures. "And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living souls, and let fowl fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens . And God created the great sea monsters, and every living soul that moves with which the waters swarm, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind. . . . And there was evening, and there was morning-a fifth day . And God said, Let the earth bring forth living souls after their kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth, after their kind. And it was so." These animal souls were kept alive with food . God told man of the food provisions for him and said : "It shall be food for you ; and to every animal of the earth, and to every fowl of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth on the earth, in which is a living soul, every green herb for food . And it was so ."- Genesis 1 :20-24, 29, 30, Da; Ro. 12 Every animal soul was made after its kind . No such animal soul could transmigrate out of its body and go into the body of some different kind of animal . The first man did not receive a soul by transmigration from some heavenly angel or from some lower animal or insect . Those animal souls were not immortal and able to pass on after the animal or insect died. This is a fundamental fact of inspired Scripture, and the rest of the Bible does not contradict it. In the very last book of the Bible we read of these animal souls : "A third 1 2 . Why could the first man not have a soul transmigrated from some other dead creature?

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