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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. Dara Harvey says:

    Animals, like humans, were part of God’s original creation, and it was “very good.” They were not meant to see death any more than Adam and Eve. It’s only because of human sin that they die in the first place. But they are always in God’s hands.

    The Bible does not address this because it focuses on human redemption. God tells us only what he wants us to know now. If he did not intend animals to die in the first place, why should they forfeit their eternal existence due to human sin? God created them and can choose to dispose of them. But as part of his original creation (before death entered the world), unless he changed his mind and decided they should not live forever, I see no reason to doubt that they go to Heaven.

    1. Jeanette says:

      Dara, I want to thank you for your truly beautiful and wise post. It touches my heart because your words carry all of the solace and wisdom of The Truth, God’s eternal Truth. Bless you.