It is a sad day when you have to put down your favorite pet. That’s code for ending its life. It can be heart-wrenching to say goodbye to that special friend that has been there for you, accepted you, and has always been excited to see you. They’ve brought you years of joy, laughter, and comfort and have been with you through thick and thin.
And now you have to say goodbye and watch them die… it’s brutal! Often that last moment may include one last hug, pet, or kiss and then we say something like, “Goodbye Fido, see you in heaven”, hoping that God will reconnect us in the afterlife. But is this true? Do pets go to heaven? Will they be there?
Well, I wish I could say the Bible definitively states that our pets will be with us in heaven, but I can’t. The reason for this is because the Bible was written for the salvation of mankind and not animals. So when it comes to animals and eternity, the Bible is pretty silent. But there are a few statements that indicate animals will indeed be part of the eternal picture. When Isaiah the prophet was prophesying and describing the eternal state and heaven he said,
Isaiah 65:25 – The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord.
This is a beautiful picture of the sinless eternal state and how animals will no longer fight or destroy each other but will live together in peace. So we do see animals! I think it is also important to remember why God created animals. He created them for us! That’s right, on day six of creation, the Bible states that God blessed Adam and Eve and told them to,
Genesis 1:28 – “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
The word “rule” means to manage or govern. This means animals were created for man to manage and care for, which is definitely what we do with our pets! Now, remember Genesis 1 is a snapshot of our world before The Fall, before sin entered into the picture. In other words, it’s a snapshot of heaven on earth.
So follow me here, if God thought it would be a good thing for us to live with animals in His original perfect plan, then why wouldn’t He do the same in His second perfect plan (i.e. Heaven)? And since we are talking about heaven being a place of love, happiness and joy, then why not have our pets around because they bring us love, happiness, and joy? Remember God made the whole deal! Again, no one really knows for sure, I’m just trying to connect the dots here.
Now in order to be fair and bring balance to the discussion, I think it’s important to highlight that there’s no guarantee our pets will be in heaven. But that being the case, we can rest assured that God’s plans are good and should he decide to do something different, it must be a better plan for both us and our pets.
Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
So, to those of you who hope to see your special animal friend in heaven, there is a strong possibility you will. And to those of you who could care less about pets, thanks for at least making it to the end of this blog.
P.S. My cat has walked across my keyboard at least six times while writing this post. Hmm? Maybe he knows something. 🙂
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