Tuesday, September 05, 2006
do our pets go to heaven?
I read Psalm 36 this morning. I love verses 5-6 which I have often shared with people when they are mourning the loss of a pet.
5 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgements are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
Will we see our pets in heaven? Many people say that animals don't have eternal souls, which may be true. I'm not sure. They definitely aren't made in the image of God as human beings are.
We do know that there will be animals in the new heaven and the new earth of eternity. We see in the Old Testament that the lion will lie down with the lamb. We also know that there were animals in the Garden of Eden.
Then we have to ask if all pets go to heaven. Some animals are obviously mean. Do they go to hell or just cease to exist? Its also possible that our personal pets are not eternal, but that they cease to exist when they die. But there might be new pets for us in heaven that are even better than our pets here.
By the way, it should be noted that neither dogs nor humans become angels when they die. Angels are an entirely different species altogether.