Do Pets Go to Heaven?
It occurred to me from time to time in my grief that if God had made Bubba, and knew and loved him even more than my family did, he could very well have some desire to bring his own treasured creation back to life someday.
The same might go for many other creatures with which God has a relationship as their Creator and Sustainer, whether we humans happened to share in that relationship or not. After all, our Savior said that not even one sparrow is ever forgotten by him.
But even if this is a reasonable conjecture, I have to come back to what the Bible does and does not say on the possibility. We know that death of any kind was never part of God's original plan, and that animals will certainly be part of the new heaven and earth, where death and tears will be no more. What we don't know is whether these will be specific animals from the old creation, including those we've known and loved.
I wish we knew.
In the meantime, it seems okay to ask God if his grace might extend that far, while doing my best to trust that heaven won't seem anything but complete regardless.
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Previous articles on animals include:
The Problem with Westminster Kennel Club's View of Pet Adoption | The annual dog show could have served as an imperfect model of the love the Church could offer. (February 15, 2012)
Exotic Animals and Kingdom Ethics| Principles for why we should avoid treating all animals as possessions. (Her.meneutics, October 21, 2011)
Not One Sparrow | We can be 'speciesists' and show compassion for animals. (July 13, 2009)