ANIMALS IN HEAVEN





October 25, 2019



Do animals have souls and will they be in heaven? My first response is always…will it be heaven without animals there? From a scriptural standpoint…think of it this way…





Do animals have souls and will they be in heaven? My first response is always…will it be heaven without animals there? From a scriptural standpoint…think of it this way…Animals were part of the original creation of God that was declared “good.” (Genesis 2) Revelation tells us that heaven will contain many of the same things that were in the original creation, such as rivers, trees, and fruit. (Revelation 5:11-14) Why not animals, too? After all, animals are an integral part of earthly life and testify powerfully of the creative, imaginative genius of God. God created the giraffe, the camel, the platypus, the lion, and the hummingbird.


All animals are divine creations. The word “animal” is derived from the Latin word anima, which translates as soul. Do I believe animals have souls? Yes, I do. Saint Francis of Assisi grasped the spiritual significance of animals. As Saint Francis got closer to God, he found he was able to commune with animals. As we get closer to animals, and to God, we can find that same communion.


I would say it would be totally in keeping with God’s generous character if our pets will be in heaven. Exorbitant. Excessive. Extravagant in grace. Of all the dazzling discoveries and ecstatic pleasures heaven will hold for us, the potential of seeing our pets in heaven would be pure whimsy…utterly, joyfully, surprisingly superfluous. Heaven is going to be a place that will refract and reflect in as many ways as possible the goodness and joy of our great God, who delights in lavishing love on us. So will pets be in heaven? I say, “yes” beyond the shadow of a doubt.


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