- Religion and Philosophy
Do Pets Go To Heaven?
Every pet owner has asked this question or something similar: "Is my pet going to heaven?" Every pet owner whose pet has died has been comforted by someone saying, "Yes, you will see your pet in heaven." Then there are those who are disappointed when someone says, "No, your pet will not go to heaven."
Let's see what the Bible says. The Bible is completely silent when it comes to answering that question. However, you can come up with scriptures that say "Yes" if that's what you want to hear. And you can come up with scriptures to substantiate that the answer is "No."
First of all, heaven is reserved for the redeemed. Who are the redeemed? The redeemed are those who have sinned before God and have been reborn with a new nature. That been said, your pet has not sinned. Your pet has not been redeemed.
Jesus died on the cross for humans; not for animals. Jesus died to save those who have confessed with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus died and God raised Him from the dead on the third day. Animals do not and cannot confess Jesus is Lord and believe that Jesus died for them.
Another consideration is that man was created by God and made in the image of God. Animals were not made in the image of God. Therefore, no matter how beautiful and smart your pets are, they can never know God, worship God, pray to God, or praise God as humans can do.
Pets do not go to heaven.
Here is something to think about. What if your pet goes to heaven, but you don't? In other words, if pets go to heaven, then the owners much go too.
Since your pet has been loved by you on earth, surely you want to see it again in heaven. However, God is more interested in you going to heaven and being in His presence night and day. When you get to heaven you will be able to connect through your spirit with those who are there. Since your pet doesn't have a soul or spirit, I hate to break the news to you, but your pet will not go to heaven.
But here is good news. You will not remember your pet in heaven. God will remove even unsaved loved ones from our memory as if they never existed. He will do the same thing with your pets.
There will be other animals in heaven, but not yours. The old earth would have passed away and God will establish a new heaven and a new earth which will include animals. The animals will be there for all to enjoy; not just you. There will be no individual ownership of any kind in heaven. Not even for spouses because there will be no marriage in heaven.
While the Bible doesn't give a definite answer about our personal pets in heaven, it does say that the redeemed will have eternal life. Therefore, to me that means pets without the need for redemption will not be in heaven.
As far as other animals being there, the prophet Isaiah says God will include animals in the new heavens and new earth: "The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox . . .(Isaiah 65:25 NIV) In the Book of Revelation, John’s vision of heaven also included animals, showing Christ and the armies of heaven "riding on white horses." (Revelation 19:14 NIV)
DO YOU THINK PETS GO TO HEAVEN?
- For those of you who have pets: Love them and care for them while on this earth. God gave you pets for human enjoyment; not for pleasure in heaven.
- For those who want to find comfort because they had a pet who died: Enjoy the memories of your pet while it was alive.
- For those who think their pet is in heaven: That's fine to think that way. And you will not be disappointed when you get to heaven and you don't see your pet. Why not? Because there is no disappointment or sadness in heaven.
- For those who know their pet is not in heaven: Then you are free to focus on getting to heaven yourself with or without your pet.