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Do Animals Need Spiritual Help?
God Commands Humans to Care for the Animals
"A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel." Proverbs 12:10
"But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the heavens, and they will tell thee; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach thee; and they fish of the sea will declare to thee. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind." Job 12:7-10
The above passages quoted form the Scripture are just two of many such passages which show that God commands man to care for the animals of our world. They are part of His Creation, and their physical and spiritual care is very important. In almost every religion of the world, there are historical figures that are known for interpreting sacred scriptures to help teach mankind to protect and honor animals. We are taught in all the faiths that we, as humans, are the stewards of the wonders of God's Creations, and as such, we must take these teachings as a serious responsibility, and with this, comes great joy and self-discovery.
DO PETS GO TO HEAVEN?
We love our pets, whether they are dogs, cats, birds etc. and often consider them to be members of our families, and because of this love often the question arises, "Will our pets be in heaven?
Christians are not always on the same page when it comes to animals in heaven. Some Christians believe that animals have no place in heaven. Their reasoning behind this is as follows: Life after death with God is only possible for human beings who have received baptism.
Almost everyone has lost a beloved pet at one time or another in their lives, and these pets have become part of the family, and most people consider them their children. So with that in mind we find ourselves asking some important questions after they are departed. What happens to my pet after he/she passes? Do they go to heaven? Will I see them again? What is their fate? What does the Bible say about animals after they have passed away?
Let's see what the Word of God has to say about whether or not our beloved animal companions go to heaven? Here are some Bible backed reasons why I truly believe our beloved pets go to heaven...
First, consider the story of Adam and Eve before they disobeyed God, as well as the story of the animals, the birds, the trees and plants in the Garden of Eden. Not only was it Adam and Eve, but all the animals in the Garden who found great peace and happiness in the first paradise. Why then would God or anyone else want to exclude them from the paradise yet to come?
Second, we look at the story of Noah and the Ark. We discover here that God wishes to save not only Noah and his family from the great flood, but all the animals as well. After the flood waters dried up, God made His covenant not only with Noah but with all the animals that "Never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood" Genesis 9:10-11. This strongly hints that it is not God's plan to save just mankind, but all living creatures. Think about this... God's saving outlook is much broader than our own.
Third, In Isaiah 11:6-9 it reads, "The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and the little child will lead them.... They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." This is the Word of God telling us that animals WILL exist in the future, after Christ's reign begins!
Fourth, Ecclesiastes mentions that there is a "spirit" in man but also in animals. Eccl. 3:19, 21
Let me add this last thought. If you accept that animals can love us as much as we love them, then it becomes a logical conclusion that God would want us to have that joy and love in heaven. If there is a heaven for people, then our pets must be waiting for us there. Remember this important fact... Heaven is LOVE, and our pets always share that love with us. So why wouldn't they be waiting there for us? Such a belief WILL NOT condemn anyone to Hell. This is not a salvation issue. Nor will such a belief lead us astray. A love for our pets is something that God holds in great admiration with us, and as such I truly believe that all pets go (back) to Heaven, from whence they came.
God Bless and please hug your pet today... They hug you in their own special way too, every day...
Rev. Fr. Bob Wilson Th.D D.D.
People & Paws Pet Ministry