Will Animals Go to Heaven?

Most of us have had a pet some time in our lives. We also might look at the struggles of wild species and wonder what the future has in store for them. Do animals have souls? Are animals good or evil? Does God command us to serve and protect animals? Do animals truly matter in the grand scheme of things or are they just there as merely another demonstration of God's glory?

Well first off ,scripture states that man was given dominion over all animals in 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." 

While God is the beginning and the end, the creator of all things, the author of truth, and the healing light, he has delegated some of his powers to man, namely free will, and in this case, dominion over all of the animals. 

Scripture doesn't differentiate much between animals and the rest of God's creation. In fact, of the many religions present during biblical times, Christianity was a religion that didn't require animal sacrifice, a popular Pagan tradition. The bible reinforces the concept over and over that we are not given God's grace by works. Nothing that we do is righteous before the Lord, because he has condemned this world to be destroyed in the last days. 

Theologians and opponents of the word of God enjoy looking at the bible to pick apart inconsistencies, when the bible is perhaps the most consistent and reliable piece of historical literature of all time. It goes into great depth, even listing all of Adam and Eve's descendants.Everyone in the old testament were listed: men and their large families who can be traced all the way back to Adam and Eve, name by name. There are pages upon pages long of historical accounts of nations that can be cross referenced and verified with other historical documents both pre-flood and post-flood. Though God has ordered us not to be concerned with genealogies, the bible is ripe with genealogical data, and in fact, genealogical data to this date has been accurate and reliable information to discern history. It is a science endorsed by God and the bible.

Scripture states that animals have souls but no spirits. The bible says that all souls die and just like souls came from dust, so too will they return. The bible has no salvation plan in place for animals of this world, so the short answer is no,  animals will not join us in heaven. When God returns to establish New Jerusalem, AKA heaven, the world as it is will be destroyed and "refurbished" to where they were before the original sin. Before the original sin, there was no suffering, death, starvation, disease, famine, sin etc. When Adam ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the world as we know it was "cursed" or condemned, and God has made a covenant only to save his believers.

When New Jerusalem is established, all of the saved souls will be resurrected to rule over New Jerusalem as Kings. The animals that will exist in New Jerusalem will be new animals, or at least the pre-fall animals. Again, animals do not have spirits, they cannot make moral decisions, and God did not delegate the power of free will to animals. So while scripture does not directly mention it, it's safe to say that once animals die, that's pretty much it. Followers of Christ, detach yourselves completely from all things worldly. This world is not how God intended it to be for you. Realize that what waits for you in New Jerusalem is trillions upon trillions of echelons better than anything you might experience or obtain in this life with the exception of Christ's salvation.

But will we have pets and will there be animals in heaven? To that question, I can give you a definite yes. Scripture supports that there will be animals in heaven (just not the ones that exist now):

"The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea" Isaiah 11:7-9

Does the New Jerusalem cow and bear sound like the cows and bears present today? Is it safe to let your children play in a Viper's den? Unless you are pre-original sin/ pre-fall Adam or Eve, then your answer should be no. These animals are undoubtedly not the same as the ones we see today. Realize that with God, nothing is impossible. God knows what your heart yearns for. He knows what you will ask for before you even ask. He knows what brings you happiness and he has complete, omnipotent control over all of these things in your life, should it be his will to intervene. What God has waiting for you is probably something that you can't even comprehend with your very limited human mind. You may want a Lamborghini, but in heaven, everything is somehow in walking distance, for example! It's somewhat of a waste to wonder what heaven will be like beyond just knowing that it is all you have ever wanted. It will be perfect, and instead of no men being righteous, ALL will be righteous, and God's grace will be seven fold, because these people have chosen to be righteous and obey God even after he gave them the choice to take other paths. Worrying about what will happen to your pets after they die is in a way, a sign of poor faith. You are saying that not only was it not God's will for your pet to pass when it did, but that God can't replace the happiness that the pet gave you. As you venture longer in your journey with Christ, your eyes will be opened to the unlimited foolishness of mankind and how in the state we are in we could never be worthy of God's glory. Pets dying and animals suffering should be a reminder that this world is not your home!


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