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By   •   June 1, 2004   •   Topics: ,

Q:

Will there be animals in heaven?


A:

God has a special reason and place for each of His created beings. Animals, too, have a purpose in God’s creation. Man, as the highest order of creation, has been given dominion over the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:26-28).

We believe that animals were intended for man’s enjoyment and use. The Bible itself does not indicate that there is life after death for animals. It may be that God’s purpose for animals is fulfilled on this earth. However, if animals would make us happier in heaven, surely there will be a place for them there.

Some Bible interpreters have called attention to Isaiah’s description of the peace of God’s future kingdom where he says that “the wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox” (Isaiah 65:25). Heaven will lack nothing that is good and that will bring glory to God.

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  1. Chaplain Chip Rohlke says:

    Christ is coming back on a white horse rev 19:11 so obviously there are animals in heaven. I’m sure God Almighty can recreate your best friend in heaven if that makes you happy and why not- I’m sure heaven has birds and all kinds of wonderful creatures for us to enjoy.

  2. Viola Paxton says:

    It is comforting to know that my pets may make it to heaven. I know they do not have a soul but I definitely agree that animals have a purpose in God’s creation or they would not be here.God makes no mistakes.

  3. Isabel says:

    Very interesting. Was always wondering. Now I have more clearance

  4. jordan says:

    Tomorrow I have to put my cat down due to cancer. I sit here questioning Gods kindness to think that tomorrow I will say goodbye to a being that I have loved so much and taken care of….and then never see her again for all of eternity. All I can do is trust that God knows me, sees my tears, and has a surprise for me waiting in heaven.

    1. Jan Montalvo says:

      Dear Sir
      I do not know why we are here on earth. What is our purpose here on earth? Thank You

    2. BGEA says:

      Jan, God has given each one of us a purpose. We can’t tell you exactly what that is for you because it’s something you have to discover for yourself, but we can tell you how to begin.

      Have you heard much about Jesus Christ? Jesus was God in human flesh. He came to earth to provide the perfect sacrifice for our sins. See, we are all separated from God by sin. And the consequence of sin is death. But Jesus willingly paid that price for us so that we can have eternal life when we put our trust in Him. Trusting in Him means asking Him to guide our lives and following wherever He leads us.

      We can know His will for us by reading the Bible, which is His Word to us. We can also pray, which just means talking to God. We can go to church to learn more about Him and have fellowship with others who are following Christ. (For more on this topic, click here: http://bit.ly/WillofGod.)

      God says that when we trust in Him, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). It’s like a new life that is no longer lived for our own selfish gain but a life lived for Christ.

      In the Bible, King Solomon was rich, wise and powerful. Yet at the end of his life, he said it was all “meaningless” apart from God. If you’re feeling restless, dissatisfied or empty, remember that material things can’t satisfy. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your minds on things above.” With Christ at the center of our lives, we have meaning and the promise of eternal life spent with Him in heaven. He gives us peace and joy even when we go through hard times.

      Matthew 16:25 says, “Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will find it.” For more on living for Christ, click here: http://bit.ly/DyingToSelf.

  5. susan walker says:

    I have read some of these comments and they have given me hope that I will see my animals again .Thanks!!

  6. Julia says:

    We recently lost our Scottish terrier. He was almost 13 years of age & like a member of the family. He brought us years of joy & laughter. He stood by as I took months of chemo. And he comforted us through 2 1/2 of the worst years we’ve ever endured. His love, like God’s, never failed us. I believe he was one of God’s children with fur. And God willing, he will be waiting … wagging that tail … when we reach the other side!

  7. Gary Loomis says:

    I am confident that my 3 pets will be waiting for me in my mansion in Heaven. I know, based on psalm 139, that GOD knows of OUR deep love for our pets, and I am hopeful he will let OUR pets be with us in Heaven. I’m confident I WILL SEE THEM THERE

    1. Doug Solders says:

      Hi Gary I used to work for you back in 92 in golf and some in Fishing. Sorry to hear about your pets. I had to put my dog down Feb 6th very hard thing to do. Take care