Man’s Best Friend

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Actually dogs are not man’s best friend, God is, but have you ever wondered what goes on in a dogs brain when they live with us?

Rover says:  “I’m not sure what this thing with those round things are but when my master makes that hole appear, I get to jump on it and we go really fast!”

Or how about “What do you mean stop my tail from wagging, are you crazy?”

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I love dogs, I love their faces and the way in which they seemingly can’t hide their affection for you. Do you ever wonder why God has provided these creatures for our companionship and how we can come to love them so easily?

We’ve had a number of dogs over the years and I can easily remember each one of them. I don’t know if they will be in heaven but I kind of hope that they will be there waiting for us.

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From a Biblical perspective I don’t think they will but I’m hoping I’m wrong. I got the following from gotquestions.org

The Bible does not give any explicit teaching on whether pets/animals have “souls” or whether pets/animals will be in heaven. However, we can use general biblical principles to develop some clarity on the subject. The Bible states that both man (Genesis 2:7) and animals (Genesis 1:306:177:1522) have the “breath of life”; that is, both man and animals are living beings. The primary difference between human beings and animals is that humanity is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), while animals are not. Being made in the image and likeness of God means that human beings are like God, capable of spirituality, with mind, emotion, and will, and they have a part of their being that continues after death. If pets/animals do have a “soul” or immaterial aspect, it must therefore be of a different and lesser “quality.” This difference possibly means that pet/animal “souls” do not continue in existence after death.

Another factor to consider regarding whether pets will be heaven is that animals are a part of God’s creative process in Genesis. God created the animals and said they were good (Genesis 1:25). Therefore, there is no reason why there could not be pets / animals on the new earth (Revelation 21:1). There will most definitely be animals during the millennial kingdom (Isaiah 11:665:25). It is impossible to say definitively whether some of these animals might be the pets we had while here on earth. We do know that God is just and that when we get to heaven we will find ourselves in complete agreement with His decision on this issue, whatever it may be.

I don’t know about you but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 6 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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4 comments on “Man’s Best Friend
  1. dettinger47 says:

    I’m with you, Bruce.

  2. Me, too! Have you ever read Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven? I think he would agree with you. 😊

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