What does your pet mean to you? Some people consider them family members. Others believe they are angels sent from heaven as companions and comforters. Many wonder whether they will see their beloved dog, cat, or other animal in heaven with them
I asked the Christian Professional Worldwide group on LinkedIn whether there will be animals in heaven and found that many wanted to know the same thing. Many shared amazing stories of devotion to and from their favorite pets. All had an opinion.
The Bible gives clues to the answer.
In Genesis 2 God brought the animals to Adam and asked him what he wanted to call them. Many people believe that since people love animals so much, he will provide them in Heaven because He wants people to be happy there.
Some think that their pets become new creations and not the same as Fluffy or Max they loved on earth.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Revelation 19:11, 14 KJV
Isaiah 11 provides more clues:
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in my entire holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
I think there will be animals in heaven. God made them and people love them. He wants us to be happy and I believe animals that give us joy and companionship will be part of the reward.
I remember our dog Hiccups and my dear Annie, among others. Remembering Hiccups baying through the countryside as she chased rabbits and Annie who always wanted to be with us set me to wondering if I would see them again someday. That prompted me to ask what others think.
What do you Think?
Do you have stories to share about your favorite animal friend? Will you see them in Heaven? I would love it if you would share with the rest of us.
Annie- (C) J Schlicker 2004