POLL: Do you believe animals go to heaven?

Grant Swart

This is a question which I posed to adult members of my family on many an occasion while growing up. More often than not, the answer which they gave me was based rather on that which they knew I wanted to hear, than on specific Scriptures.

It is also a question to which, when the verses pertaining to animals in the Bible are pondered on,  the answer does not immediately seem that clear. Animals are so very dear to the hearts of so many people, as they are to mine, that the mere suggestion that their beloved pets might not go to heaven, would be met with fierce opposition. Would that opposition be warranted?

Please tell us what you think in the light of the Scriptures such as: (Gen 1:25)  And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Also (Isa 11:6)  The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

– Grant

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7 thoughts on “POLL: Do you believe animals go to heaven?

  1. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind.

    it is more a refutation of any possibility of evolution, to their kinds being propagation from procreation without any possibility of coming from something else.

    And God saw that it was good.

    It was good because God is good, and could not make anything not good. We likewise are to see what God has made as good.

    The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.

    A fulfillment of Jesus Christ and his return, a fulfilled prophecy.

    These scriptures have zero, nada, nothing, zilch to do with “animals going to heaven”. Personally I find the question repulsive in light of what Jesus has done for mankind. I am amazed that the question is so repetitive, so pervasive in the Church.

    Finally, ” Animals are so very dear to the hearts of so many people, ….” does not follow that it is close to God’s heart.
    “would be met with fierce opposition”. Seriously, would someone oppose God because they loved his creation more than the creator? I submit that’s what this would be.

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    • Michael W. Henry

      Thank you for the expository lessons on Genesis 1:25 and Isaiah 11:6, I’m sure there is someone out there who will benefit from what you wrote. There are, of course, numerous Bible Commentaries which can be consulted and which will tell us as much.

      However, as before, you have misread the appropriation of these verses in what I wrote. I certainly did not refer to them as being supportive of heaven’s welcoming of animals, bur rather as indicative of the animals as part of the glorious creation and the importance the Bible grants to them, even using them figuratively as you have indicated.

      I find it just a little unusual that you find repulsive what the church deems important to have answered, which is why the question is as repetitive as you say. Furthermore, as you are a follower of Dr John MacArthur, by implication then you also regard his addressing this issue as repulsive. (For your perusal we have posted the relevant repulsive article by John MacArthur as an article on this blog.)

      You should not be amazed by what believers deem to be important, rather you should be questioning your own motives behind opposing them and their biblical interests. Caring for God’s creation, a heart-felt fondness for animals and an appreciation of the real blessing they are to mankind, certainly does not equate to Pantheism or Panentheism, as you erroneously insinuate.

      Furthermore, you contradict yourself to the enth degree when you quote from Genesis 1:25 (… and God saw that it was good), but proffer that it is not close to God’s heart. You should find it very strange then, that God destroyed all of mankind except Noah and his family in the Genesis flood, but chose to save sufficient numbers of all animals for procreative and sacrificial purposes (Genesis 7).

      Repetitively you have made your personal dislike of polls quite clear, however that is your opinion and of little relevance to the rest of the Church. It does pose the question as to why you waste your time reading them or commenting on them when you could be watching which is closer to your heart, but repulsive to others, like the Yankees.

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  3. Ecc 3:19-20 For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

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