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Do Animals go to Heaven?


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#31    shadowlark

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:34 AM

View PostSakari, on 12 January 2013 - 03:04 AM, said:

Same here.....Save a animal before a Human...Humans do not have unconditional love..... ( Hint, see my signature )

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Ditto. And love your memorial page! Here's my memorial for my lost furbabies: http://www.thissideofheaven.ca Sure hope I get to see them again some day!


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 03:52 AM

View Postshadowlark, on 12 January 2013 - 03:34 AM, said:

Ditto. And love your memorial page! Here's my memorial for my lost furbabies: http://www.thissideofheaven.ca Sure hope I get to see them again some day!



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:18 AM

Theologically from a biblical perspective I would have to say no. Only humans were created to have a special relationship with God. Thus only humans have the capacity to choose a life with God. It cheapens our choice if all other animals including flies and mosquitos and maggots automatically spend eternity with God (or is it only pets that go to heaven, the cows who died in slaughterhouses can only claim a Big Mac as their final destination).

I sympathise with the thread starter, my dog passed away several years ago, he was my faithful companion for 16 years or thereabouts. I can only assume that when I get to heaven my spirit being will no longer mourn the loss.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

View PostParanoid Android, on 12 January 2013 - 04:18 AM, said:

Theologically from a biblical perspective I would have to say no. Only humans were created to have a special relationship with God. Thus only humans have the capacity to choose a life with God. It cheapens our choice if all other animals including flies and mosquitos and maggots automatically spend eternity with God (or is it only pets that go to heaven, the cows who died in slaughterhouses can only claim a Big Mac as their final destination).

I sympathise with the thread starter, my dog passed away several years ago, he was my faithful companion for 16 years or thereabouts. I can only assume that when I get to heaven my spirit being will no longer mourn the loss.

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To be honest, I don't understand how it "cheapens our choice" if animals get a free pass.  Is it the capacity to be good that sets us apart from the animal kingdom or the capacity for conscious acts of evil?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:27 PM

I'd be lying if I said I was a Christian. I'm not. But I strongly believe in an afterlife. For both humans and animals, When ,my father passed away years ago, I was left to care for his german shepherd, Kelly. So, as all things go, the years went by and the dog grew older. Then one night as I was sleeping, my father came to me in a dream. He said he was taking  his dog home. Needless to say, I woke up the next morning and Kelly was dead on the kitchen floor. Take this how you may, but I believe animals go to an  afterlife. The thought of reuniting with bygone pets that I had and whose passings I took so hard, would truly make Heaven, Heaven.


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 12 January 2013 - 10:43 AM, said:

To be honest, I don't understand how it "cheapens our choice" if animals get a free pass.  Is it the capacity to be good that sets us apart from the animal kingdom or the capacity for conscious acts of evil?
You could argue either way - our capacity for good or conscious evil are two sides of the same coin. Personally I'd argue instead that it is our ability to choose God that separates us, and more importantly God's decision to choose us.  Perhaps "cheapens" wasn't the right word to use under the circumstances.  I just find it quite impossible to believe that humans as the only creatures who can choose God are also the only creatures who have possibility of being exempt from God's presence.  Especially when we consider whether flies and maggots are equally likely to be in heaven (as I mentioned in my previous post).  Suffice it to say that I cannot think of any Bible passage that refers to an animal other than mankind having a soul.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:11 PM

Yea sure why not? We are all animals..Only difference is.. God made it easy for the rest of the animals to get into heaven, we on the other hand have to jump through some hoops lol

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

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You could argue either way - our capacity for good or conscious evil are two sides of the same coin. Personally I'd argue instead that it is our ability to choose God that separates us, and more importantly God's decision to choose us.  Perhaps "cheapens" wasn't the right word to use under the circumstances.  I just find it quite impossible to believe that humans as the only creatures who can choose God are also the only creatures who have possibility of being exempt from God's presence.  Especially when we consider whether flies and maggots are equally likely to be in heaven (as I mentioned in my previous post).  Suffice it to say that I cannot think of any Bible passage that refers to an animal other than mankind having a soul.
I would tend to think that all creatures who live on the planet would go to Heaven.  Soul is a hard thing to describe.  I would say Awareness is more accurate.  Biblically speaking however; Hell was created for Satan and his angels.  Man was given a choice and made a bad one...therefore Man lost the Oneness with God  that he had prior to that...hence it is Man that needed to be saved...not the animals, so I would think that their Awareness would continue...Imagining that Heaven is only occupied by God, Angels and Humans...seems ridiculously sterile to me.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

I could narrow my thoughts down to a bare minimum, and suggest that only people like me can get into heaven, no one else.. If you do not follow my path, you are forever sunk...Animals do not get into heaven, only those of us who have intelligence and follow god..It is crazy to assume animals fit that bill, when we know they are not that intelligent or spiritual as we are.... So, no, your beloved mutt will not be sniffing all the butts he likes in doggy heaven, there is none

Oh my that really was narrowing my mind down..I found that weird, but strangely, there are people who do in fact think along those narrow lines and chant - "Heaven is for me and people like me.. Jesus made me a room with a view, so I can look down on all of you.".   I think if I had to say that to people in real life, I wouldn't be able to keep a straight face lol

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

Consider the frog in the pond.  Do we know...can we experience that frogs Awareness?  No.  We hear the frog croaking and we think it is calling out for a mate.  How do we know that some of that croaking might not be the Frog 'worshipping' the Creator...croaking out his Praise?  And as far as flys and maggots.....that's like saying Humans and fetuses....

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:32 PM

The Bible doesn't say whether animals go to heaven or not,  but some verses might give us a clue-

"God.. in whose hand is the soul of every living thing" (Job12:10 KJV)

Jesus said:-"God won't forget the death of a sparrow" (Matt 10:29)

God said - "Every animal of the forest is mine,and the cattle on a thousand hills.I know every bird in the mountains,and the creatures of the field are mine,for the world is mine,and all that is in it" (Psalm 50 10-12)

Also, heaven by definition is "Paradise", but it wouldn't be paradise if we were grieving at being separated from our pets, so it follows that we won't be separated.. :)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:01 PM

View PostlibstaK, on 12 January 2013 - 10:43 AM, said:

To be honest, I don't understand how it "cheapens our choice" if animals get a free pass. Is it the capacity to be good that sets us apart from the animal kingdom or the capacity for conscious acts of evil?



Look at the bold, watch the videos......



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

If there is a heaven, then the spirits there has all the good qualities of a human, and none of the bad ones.   If animals are there, the same would be true for them.   There would be no killing or fighting for survival (dogs wouldn't chase cats, etc.).   No need for bad behavior since there isn't a physical body.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:11 PM

View PostSakari, on 12 January 2013 - 05:01 PM, said:


No one cares......Humans suck.

Quite right! :tu:

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:18 PM

View PostSakari, on 12 January 2013 - 03:52 AM, said:

:tu:   Thank You, and sorry for your losses, and happy for the great memories I am sure they all have left you with !

I clicked on your signature and watched the two videos of your wolf / dog Sakari .. I must say, I really enjoyed the videos, she looked beautiful and playful ..I also liked the look of the black dog that I caught a glimpse of..

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