October 20, 2018

[Question] Will pets/animals go to heaven?

Do pets / animals have souls?"

The Bible does not give any explicit teaching whether pets/creatures have "spirits" or whether pets/creatures will be in paradise. Be that as it may, we can utilize general scriptural standards to build up some lucidity regarding the matter. The Bible expresses that both man (Genesis 2:7) and creatures (Genesis 1:30; 6:17; 7:15, 22) have the "breath of life"; that is, both man and creatures are living creatures. 

The essential distinction between individuals and creatures is that humankind is made in the picture and resemblance of God (Genesis 1:26-27), while creatures are most certainly not. Being made in the picture and resemblance of God implies that people resemble God, equipped for otherworldliness, with brain, feeling, and will, and they have a piece of their being that proceeds after death. In the event that pets/creatures do have a "spirit" or irrelevant angle, it should in this manner be of an alternate and lesser "quality." This distinction potentially implies that pet/creature "spirits" don't proceed in presence after death. 

Another factor to consider with respect to whether pets will be paradise is that creatures are a piece of God's innovative procedure in Genesis. God made the creatures and said they were great (Genesis 1:25). Consequently, there is no motivation behind why there couldn't be pets/creatures on the new earth (Revelation 21:1). There will most unquestionably be creatures amid the millennial kingdom (Isaiah 11:6; 65:25). It is difficult to state completely whether a portion of these creatures may be the pets we had while here on earth. We do realize that God is simply and that when we get to paradise we will end up in entire concurrence with His choice on this issue, whatever it might be.

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