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Do Pets Go To Heaven? (Link leads to FREE download)

Some people consider the question unimportant, maybe even blasphemous, but as a pastoral counselor, I have been asked this question so much, I thought I'd put my thoughts in some form of comprehensible form.

Disagreement will be accepted with complete understanding. Criticism will be gratefully accepted.

This very short essay also contains my short story, Fallen Angels and Fallen Sparrows.

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smokeandspots
May. 30th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
I feel like I've read that before, years ago, and it was by you. Still, it's always reassuring to see that kind of evidence. I'm not much of a scriptural scholar, but it never seemed right to me that God would create creatures we love and then just snuff them out of existence when their bodies fade.
literary_equine
May. 30th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
You did. I wrote this a number of years ago, but it has gone through a lot of changes and reworking.
jairus_greywolf
May. 31st, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
A very nice essay, thanks for posting. For what its worth, my view on this subject is a resounding 'yes'. This is not based on any research but rather something that happened to me immediately following the death of my first dog. As a single guy who had moved to a new city and who is normally slow at making new friends, my dog Austin was my best friend. One summer he started to slow down and the vet thought it was due to early stages of arthritis so I wasn't overly concerned. Well, to make a long story short, only a couple months later Austin collapsed beside my chair one night and I took him to the emergency vet. He didn't make it and I buried him early the next morning.

I was grief stricken afterwards and I cried to God and asked him "Father, will I ever see my dog again?" Amongst my tears I suddenly got the urge to check my email. Why I don't know but I went ahead and checked it. There was an email from a friend who lived in another state and knew nothing of what had just happened. In his email was a story about a man & a dog who were dead and were walking along a road and were thirsty. I'm not going to repeat the entire story here but ultimately, the only place where the man and his dog were welcome to have a drink was heaven. The dog was not allowed in hell.

Now some would think that such a thing was pure coincidence. But consider the odds. Why would my friend send exactly *that* kind of story to me when he knew absolutely nothing about what had happened and why would I suddenly have gotten such an urge to check my email of all things in the midst of crying my heart out to God? No, as a believer I know this was a direct answer from the Father. So I can conclude two things: 1) God still answers prayers and 2) we will see our beloved pets again.



actonrf
May. 31st, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)
While the bible does not give very much in way of yes pets will be in heaven or no, I see the answer leans to no. I am just going to, for the sake of time bring out what I feel are two of the mot problematic example you gave example you used to buttress your arguments. 2 Samuel 12:1-6 is an allegory or a parable. To properly interpret it we need to look at the parable in context to the rest of scripture to see what is trying to be communicated. In this case we need to look at at 2 Samuel 11 and 2Samuel 12 7:14 the issue is not treatment of animals but David sin with Bathsheba. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Samuel%2011-12&version=ESV

Now concerning Romans 8:19-23 There more to this verse the just our pet but our redemption in Christ will in the end lift the curse of our disobedience; through Adam disobedience creation became a cursed .
There more to this verse the just our pet but our redemption in Christ will in the end lift the curse of our disobedience; through Adam disobedience creation became a cursed A cross reference of the redemption is Revelation 21-22 according to a good Reformed commentary.
Revelation 21
English Standard Version (ESV)
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
As I look at this passage, the key to why I do not believe pets will not be in heaven is Revelations 21:1; creation where we at today part of the first heaven and the first earth which is temporal and will pass away.
I see in Genesis there a difference between God creation and man, only Man is created in God’s image, (Genesis 1:26) there will be animals in new heaven and earth but not part of the old heaven and earth which has passed away including pets.

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