PET! What about them!!!
I am so sorry! Quite some time ago someone ask me to comment on pets and will they be in heaven. I just found the note to myself and I apologize for not responding. I hope you are still a follower. If I have missed any one else who emailed a question, please follow through one more time – I promise I will do better this time around.
I am using the Ryrie Study Bible along with the footnotes to clarify further. Also emphasis in verses is mine.
I do know that if you are an avid fisherman, you may have a problem later on. In Revelation 21:1 we read, “Then I saw (John is speaking here) a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away and there is no longer any sea.” In the Ryrie Study Bible, he says “No more sea because climatic and human conditions will be completely different.”
On to our pets now. Here is what I find. Eccel. 3:19,20 reads, “For the fate of the sons of men and the fate of beasts is the same. As one dies, so dies the other; indeed, they all have the same breath and there is no advantage for man over beast, for all is vanity. All go to the same place. All came from the dust and all return to the dust.”
Solomon does continue in verse 21, “Who knows that the breath of man ascends upward and the breath of the beast descends downward to the earth?”
Going to the Ryrie footnotes. “Though both man and beast will suffer a common fate and return to dust, man will face God in judgment. Therefore, he should serve God faithfully in this life, enjoying what God gives him”.
Let’s look at something from the New Testament and see what Jesus said, in John 11:25, 26: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, will live even if he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die….’ ” (at this point I would have to say, my little Od does not have the capacity to believe as man does or should)
Back in Isa. 11:6-8. we read: “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together, and a little boy will lead them. Also the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together; and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.” These are stirring images of what Heaven will be like and it DOES suggest animals living beautifully in peaceful existence.
Randy Alcorn in his writings on Rom. 8:18-22 says that it may speak to the topic. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits, eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope.”
Picking up again from Ryrie footnotes on Rom. 8:18-22: “A statement of the Christian hope as it affects the individual (vs. 18) and the entire creation (vv. 19-25)”.
C. S. Lewis writes, “It seems to me possible that certain animals may have immortality not in themselves but in the immortality of their master”.
The Bible drips with the blood of Jesus from Gen. 1:1 to the last word of Revelation. Believing in Him and what He did and what He still has to do when the time is right, deals with man and man alone. Jesus died for man. It is the responsibility of man to deal personally with where he or she wants to spend eternity. Deal with it!! Then move on.
Dr. Graham was right when he once was asked if his dog would be in heaven or not. His reply most satisfying to me: “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
God can do anything – anything at all! “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Eph. 3:20,21.
Marge and Od, too