Death - Animals


16/03/2006
I lost a wonderful dog a few years ago that I loved so much. I’m curious to know that when I go to heaven if he will be there waiting for me?

According to the Bible, it’s only human beings that have a living soul and, therefore, I believe that animals just cease to exist when they die. However, I will tell you this, if you have a desire to have a dog and that is a desire that God put in your heart, then He will meet that desire. When you get to heaven, I’ll bet that He’ll give you a dog that is better than any dog you’ve ever had and it will feel as if it’s the fulfillment of every affinity that you ever had for your dog.

Just because dogs and animals do not have living souls (according to Genesis 1 and 2) that doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be animals in heaven. It’s just that the souls of those that die here on this earth don’t go to heaven or hell. They don’t have a soul at all; they just cease to exist. But rather than focus on that, remember the good news is that God is going to give you every desire when you get to heaven. All of your desires are going to be satisfied, and you are going to be completely fulfilled.


Death - Animals


16/03/2006
My mom is a devoted Christian woman and she is grieving terribly about the loss of her dog of thirteen years, and I was wondering if it says anything in the Scriptures about their souls—will we meet our beloved pets when we go on to be with the Lord?

Well, the Bible is clear in Genesis 2 that God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and then God formed the animals as well. But the difference between man and the animals was that God breathed the breath of life into man and he became a life-giving spirit. There is a distinction between man and animals, and that distinction is his life-giving spirit or life-giving soul. Clearly animals have emotions. We see that. But they don’t have an eternal spirit. And so we won’t necessarily see them in heaven, to my knowledge. From what I see in the Bible, I don’t believe we’re going to see them. But I believe that when we get to heaven, God will more than make up for the grief.

And that’s really the issue I think that I want to address is that grief of any kind is something that God wants to heal you from, your mother from, your relatives from, whoever is dealing with that. God wants to deliver us from grief. Jesus bore our grief in his body. He bore our grief in his soul and carried it on the cross, so that we could be free from grief and free from depression and free from the sadness from a sense of loss. Grief comes from any sense of loss. Whether you’ve lost a loved one. Whether you’ve lost a pet. Whether you’ve lost a business. Whether you’ve lost money. Whether you’ve lost your mind, for that matter. We all have an opportunity to grieve when we lose something, and so God wants us to overcome that grief. And the Bible says to put on the mantle of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

You know, even if I’m wrong. It would be great if I am, and you saw your pets in heaven. But the main thing is God doesn’t want you to live in grief. He wants to comfort the ones who grieve. And He does that by his Holy Spirit, so I encourage you to encourage your mom. Pray for her, and we agree with you for the comfort of the Holy Spirit in a time of loss. But we will see our loved ones in heaven. That’s for sure. If they’re believers, if they’re born again. And that’s really the only way to get to heaven, to put your faith in the blood of Jesus. So that would be another reason why an animal probably would not be able to go there, but I believe there will be all sorts of life in heaven that you’ll be blessed with, and will more than make up for whatever loss you had on this earth.