Skip to comments.Pets in Heaven? (Especially on May 21st)
Posted on 05/18/2011 2:31:49 PM PDT by Salvation
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Animals can't be "saved" so they will not be in heaven.
Any other thoughts?
“Animals can’t be “saved” so they will not be in heaven.”
I always like what my cousin said about this when the subject would come up - pets don’t go to Heaven, but if you get there and choose to ask for a loved pet to join you, God will make it so. Heaven is a place of rest and reward - if your perfect eternity includes having Fluffy and Spot, then they will be there.
That is something I had never envisioned. However, does God always answer in the positive?
William F. Buckley had a great story about this. I won’t do it justice but a woman asked a Jesuit priest if her little dog would be with her in heaven. The priest replied that if that was what it took to make her happy in heaven then the dog would be there. Great answer.
well, IMHO a person entering heaven will be rewarded for believing in GOD.
Part of that reward can be seeing your beloved companions.
Animals cannot enter heaven on their own, but maybe by the reqest of the person.
But who knows???
There is no way that a place called Heaven wouldn’t have my dog there.
When exactly is the "death" of a plant? An apple, say? When it is picked? Cored? Sliced? Sauced? Cidered?
Now, if one plant is grafted onto another, does the combination have 2 souls? When a plant is rooted to form a new plant, does the original plant's soul split between the two plants, or does the soul stay with the larger part of the original plant and a new soul get issued for the new part?
I sense a real growth industry in this new line of theology...
Through love, the soul of an animal is incorporated to some degree in the soul of the person who loves it. As long as the person does not go out of existence, the pet’s soul does not. As God remembers us, He remembers us in our entirety, and, as George MacDonald said, “What God remembers ‘is’”.
Heaven is where we are too be fully happy. If that fullness means we need to see our pets we will see them.
Well, no. But in our future perfected selves, all our desires will be perfectly in harmony with His purposes. If one of those desires turns out to be that you wish to have a pet by your side, I believe he would answer that particular request in the positive.
OK. Here’s come quick thoughts:
If Revelation is an accurate portrayal of the future, then it would seem to indicate that there are animals in heaven since Jesus will return riding a white horse.
If things which do not have souls will not be in heaven, then creation is going to be disappointed since scripture says it is awaiting its liberation in Romans 8:19-21:
“The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
Are animals part of God’s creation? Yes.
Well, the lion is going to lay down with the lamb somewhere. And Jesus comes back on a horse with a cavalry riding behind Him. Horse lovers will be happy.
Whether any specific pet will be there is anyone's guess, but if the Lord is going to restore creation to it's pre-sin state, there were animals before people.
**for believing in GOD.**
I can believe in God, and disobey the commandments or be mean to my kids or neighbor.
Love God with your whole strength, your whole heart, your whole mind and your whole body.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
I am reminded of an old Twilight Zone episode.
I dont believe Jesus had a dog. I think that says it all right there.
But you have to wonder, why not?
Anyone know about biblical references to dogs? I mean as pets?
While I understand and agree with the church’s position on this matter, I do believe we will be held accountable for how we treated animals during our lifetime.
Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. - Mark Twain.
on 5/21/2011 i won’t put mt pomeranian down
According to the book of Mark (Twain), there are two heavens: “The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”
Will all my favorite books be in heaven?
If my pets aren’t going to be there, I’m not sure it would be heaven.
the Syncho-Phoenician woman spoke to Jesus:
“Even the dogs eat the scraps under the table.”
However, I have always held this statement to be about the Gentiles (dogs)
CS Lewis believed they would be there.
What species would we say that doesn’t go to heaven?
Elephants, tigers bears snakes?
LOL! Not putting your dog down, eh?
Imagine cooking supper while hold your dog? LOL!
LOL! Not putting your dog down, eh?
Imagine cooking supper while you hold your dog? LOL!
Pets will be in Heaven. They are an essential part of what makes us human. If God doesn’t have our beloved pets in Heaven, the afterlife will be quite disappointing and sad.
Somehow, I don’t think God would want sadness like that to tarnish Heaven.
Weren’t the snakes banned forever to crawl on their belly, eat dirt and not enter the kingdom of heaven?
Or am I making that up?
Don’t tell my dog doesn’t have a soul or he will hump your leg.
If your favorite book is the Bible (in a manner of speaking)..... ;)
The hardest question my kids asked me is if their favorite stuffed animals would be real and with them in heaven.
The things they never tell you about motherhood.....
Animals I’ve known have more soul than many twisted, vicious human beings. I was raised a Roman Catholic, but have adhered to no organized religion as an adult. I was raised by nuns in a working class boarding school. For 12 long years I saw first hand what kind of souls they had. Mean, cold, nasty, abusive, without heart. They even stole from us kids. And these were supposedly among humanity’s best and most holy. Bah!
If I make it to this place called heaven, if my dogs are not there I will want no part of it.
“I am reminded of an old Twilight Zone episode.”
It was called “The Hunt” and the dog’s name was Rip - one of Rod Serling’s best.
They don’t need to be “saved” since, as far as we know they don’t sin.
One person’s pet is another person’s delicacy.
I suspect Heaven will have no muslims but all the Dogs.
I’ve always loved the story of a man who dies and finds himself walking along a long road, with his old faithful dog trotting along by his side.
He reaches a set of magnificent gates, but when they open for him and he tries to walk through the fellow tending the gate tells him he can go in, but his dog can’t.
The man tells the gatekeeper that he’ll keep on walking, and he continues on with his dog by his side.
He then comes to a second set of gates, this set wooden and more rustic, which also open for him. He asks the gatekeeper whether he can take his dog in with him. Gatekeeper says “Sure! You both are welcome here.”
The man asks the gatekeeper “where am I?” The reply is “Heaven”.
The man is confused, asks “If this is Heaven, then what were those other set of gates back up the road?”
“Oh, that’s Hell. They do a really good job of screening out folks who would cross through while leaving their best friends outside. Now you and your buddy there go right on through.”
AMEN to that!
My thoughts on heaven and hell are this: The deepest darkest depression that a person can experience is what will be experienced in hell. The difference with depression on earth and in hell is that hell is for all eternity without any periods of relief. It is a total feeling of hopelessness and despair. Whereas heaven is just the opposite. Think of the most joyful, ecstatic moment of your life, and that will be heaven. The difference with earth and heaven is that this joyous feeling of ecstacy never goes away. We will have no worries or fears. It is a constant. Also in heaven we will have the Lord with us. As far as our pets, if we are experiencing this joy without our pets, then we will not be missing them.
This was in one of Rod Serling’s short story collections (I think):
Man kills his wife but then feels guilty.
At a seance she speaks to him, says she’s in heaven, tells him she forgives him and that she looks forward to seeing him again. She then pleads for him to bring her dog with him when he comes. He kills the dog and commits suicide. In the final scene the dog comes running up to her all excited. He says “I’m glad I can be with you again forever here in heaven.” She says, “Oh wait, you’re a murderer, remember? You go to the other place.”