• Nick Henderson

Will my pet be in Heaven?

“In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” - Isaiah 11:6

At the age of 10, I faced one of my first tragedies.

I had a dog named Puddles (my mom let me name her). The pup was my pride and joy. She was pretty much part of the family. Yet, one day as I prepared to take her for a walk, she ran out the open front door towards the street.

Coming down the neighborhood road at the same time was a speeding car. The driver was not paying any attention to any possible animals wondering into their path.

My beloved pet was struck by the car and later passed away at the vet. I was heartbroken. Seriously, I was really shaken up by this.

After hearing the horrible news, I asked my mom in the midst of my sobbing: Will I see her in Heaven?

I will be answering that question today for all of us. Will our pet(s) be in Heaven?

Pets can become almost like a child or family member to us. So, the thought of not seeing them again after death can be troubling - to say the least.

And, to be frank, there is no direct answer to this question. Yet, there are a few things to think about it when coming to your own conclusion:

1. The Bible backs up the fact that animals will be in paradise. Isaiah 11 talks about multiple animals and how they will be in relationship and harmony in Heaven. Also, God included animals in the original and perfect Garden of Eden.

So, the idea of heaven consisting only of humans can’t be true. We know for a fact that various animals will be with us in eternity.

Whether it is your pet specifically is more difficult to determine though. Which brings us to #2.

2. People are made in the image of God, animals are not. Gen. 1 speaks to humans being created in His image. Thus differetiating us from animals in the creation order by virtue of having a soul, mind, emotion, will and a component that lives on after physical death.

Pets are not people. They are great companions, but do not bare the same significance as humans do in the eyes of God.

This news does not necessarily conclude that your pet won’t be present in Heaven. But, it does mean animals’ being is, at the least, a lesser quality. Which is something to chew on when thinking about whether or not they will be redeemed in eternity.

3. Heaven is about satisfaction in God alone, not your pets. Candidly, If you need your pet in Heaven to be truly satisfied and happy than you‘re probably not ready for Heaven.

Pets are great companions, but they shouldn’t fill the void only Christ is meant to fill in your life.

I am not seeking to be callous, but the whole point of eternity is to wholly worship and love God forever in complete contentment. If your pet is a prerequisite for you to have real peace than that might be a bad sign.

It’s a fact of the Faith. Our complete focus should be on Christ.

Think about it like this: Young married couples often get a dog or other animal when starting their relationship. But, the couple eventually has a kid - causing them to not think as much about the dog.

Rightly so, their child has taken priority over their pet. I believe this is the same thing that happens in Heaven.

We become so consumed with our creator that we forget about everything else the world provided to us for peace - including our pets.

So, in light of all this, my personal opinion is that it’s certainly possible our pets will be with us Heaven… but I wouldn’t stake your excitement for eternity on it.

In the end, it doesn’t even matter because we will be so infatuated with God we won’t be worried about our animals anyways.

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