Will My Dog Be In Heaven?
by Annette O’Hare
The age old question resonates in the mind of pet owners worldwide. Consider Genesis 1:26. “And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.'”
Theologians argue that God made man superior to animals, and even though animals have the breath of life, they have no immortal soul. Later in Genesis, we learn that God planned for Adam and Eve to be vegetarians. There’s no reference they ate animal flesh. In fact, it wasn’t until the flood in Genesis 9:3 that God allowed Noah to kill and eat animals.
Don’t get me wrong, this Texas girl loves a good steak, but in truth, eating cows wasn’t God’s original plan.
The Ten Commandments forbid a man from killing another man, but the killing of animals was accepted. Does this mean God didn’t value animals? That can’t be true. According to Genesis 1:25, “God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”
Yes, God even goes on to declare His creation, “very good.”
Here are a few scriptures supporting the idea of animals in heaven.
- Consider 2 Kings 2:11 where horses of fire pulled a chariot of fire.
- In Revelation 5:13, every creature in heaven praises Him who sits on His throne.
- Isaiah 11:6-9 speaks of the time during Christ’s millennial reign when adversary animals shall dwell together. This speaks of a time when the earth and everything in it shall be restored to its original glory.
I’m not trying to sway anyone’s opinion, my purpose is to present an alternate view. As for me, I intend to stand by what this man said.
“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.” Billy Graham
Award-winning author, Annette O’Hare writes pre-teen mysteries and inspirational historical romance. Drawing on her background in drama and comedic sketch writing, Annette strives to reveal God’s love to readers of all ages while hopefully giving them a laugh or two. Annette and husband Dan live north of Houston, Texas, and enjoy RVing, saltwater fishing, spending time with family, and their lovable rescue pets. Reach Annette at CAN Author Page https://christianauthorsnetwork.com/annette-ohare/, or on Goodreads https://goo.gl/V9Qt7U