Do animals go to heaven? – From time to time, people wonder: Do animals go to heaven? We’ve heard people with great sincerity say, “If my fur baby can’t be with me, then I can’t be there, either.”
Do animals go to heaven? – Our Animals are all About Love!
Placing restrictions on what can or can’t be in heaven is a fruitless exercise, much like debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. No one has brought back a report, and sooner or later we’re all going to find out anyway. God uses animals to help humans learn about love. From our pets, we learn mercy, compassion, patience, and understanding — and we also learn what it means to receive unconditional love.
Animals in the Garden of Eden!
We’ve been taught in Sunday school that God created all the different species to be Adam’s friends and neighbors in the Garden of Eden. Revelation 21:1 says that heaven is a place where we will enjoy a glorious and perfect version of creation as we already know it! Recently Pope Francis told a young boy whose dog has died that paradise is open to all of God’s creatures.
Do animals go to heaven? – Animals Can Be Fulfillment!
God had literally created the animals before He had created Adam and Eve. God did this so Adam and Eve would have everything they would need to be happy and fulfilled in the new life that He was going to give them. If animals were not going to be fully enjoyed by Adam and Eve and everyone to follow after them, then God would have never created them in the first place.
Do animals go to heaven? – Animals have an Animal Soul!
There is hope that our pets, and all creatures, will rise again. How and why? The reason you can have this hope is because from the very beginning of time, in the original state of holiness (the Garden of Eden) it appears there were animals. So, even though animals do not have eternal spirits, they are physical and have what we may call an animal soul. Since heaven is to be a place of unending joy, perhaps God will feel that it will not be complete for humans without their pets.
Do animals go to heaven? – Animals and Noah’s Arc!
If God did not think the animals and living creatures He had created at the beginning were important, He would have never had Noah put them on the boat to save and preserve them. For God to go to this extreme length in order to save all of these living creatures shows us how much God really does love and care for all of the animals that He has personally created.
Do animals go to heaven? – Animals in Heaven!
We at SecretSerendipity.com believe that God loves and cares for his animals and there is indeed a place for them in heaven. The pets that we had to say goodbye to are alive in heaven right now in their spiritual, perfect bodies and we will see them again.
More Reading: St. Thomas Aquinas and The Nature of the Soul