Monday, September 28, 2009
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Do animals go to heaven?
I'm sure anyone who has loved and lost a pet has considered this question.
There are some who argue most effectively that they do. There are others that argue quite vehemently that they do not.
The only thing we know for sure is that none of us knows for sure. We each can only have an opinion on the matter.
For me, I can't imagine that God would create creatures, charge us to care for them, allow us to become attached and yes, even love them, and not let us see them again in whatever form He chooses in heaven.
After all, isn't heaven a place of happiness and joy? And aren't animals a large part of providing happiness and joy for humans? If so, how could they not be a part of our afterlife?
Nowhere in the Bible do I read that God only cares for humans. It does say that "His eye is on the sparrow". In fact, the Book of Job tells us, "...the soul of every living thing is in the hand of God."
I believe that animals, even as they have a place in creation, also have a place in heaven.
And I'm not alone. Here are a few observations from far greater thinkers than me.
"Be comforted little dog, thou too in the Resurrection shall have a tail of gold."--Martin Luther
"You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there before any of us."--Robert Louis Stevenson
"Shall we, because we walk on our hind feet, assume to ourselves only the privilege of imperishability?"--George Eliot
"I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness in heaven. If it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there." The Rev. Billy Graham
My friend, Peggy, sent me information on some thoughts regarding this issue in a devotional by John Lawler. I think he expresses the belief of most critter lovers quite well.