WILL MY PET GO TO HEAVEN?
dogs? These are my children, little people with fur who make my heart open
a little wider.�
�Oprah Winfrey 1
Of course we hope to see our loved ones in heaven, but what about our favorite pets? Is there any hope for a reunion with them �on the other side�? Countless animal-loving people wonder about this.
It�s easy to become attached to an animal. Our pets live, eat, sleep, cry and have their babies under our roofs. They become faithful companions who love us unconditionally, even when no one else does, and sometimes even perform heroic acts to save our lives.
Not surprisingly, the death of a favorite animal can cause the deepest kind of pain. Teary-eyed children often ask if their departed friend will be in heaven. In 2001, I asked myself this very question after my own dog, Jax, tragically died.
My Dog, Jax
Jax was a toy rat terrier who, when fully grown, weighed a whopping 6 lbs. Though tiny, his little heart was filled with ever constant love.
That little furry ball was like our own child.
Then tragedy struck. On October 28, 2001, our tiny friend was hit by a car in front of our eyes. Knocked unconscious, Jax drifted in and out of a coma-like state for three agonizing days. Then on Halloween night, shortly after we prayed for a miracle, Jax breathed his last.
The next day I e-mailed a few friends I knew had been praying for our dog. With great difficulty I typed, �JAX IS DEAD.� One by one, I clicked �send.� I was surprised to receive two e-mails back from Christian friends who said they hoped I might see Jax again someday. Could it be? I wondered, staring silently at my computer monitor. Just then I felt a definite �Presence� draw near. Part of the pain was lifted. Picking up a Bible, I began to search its sacred pages.
Animals in the Bible It is impossible here to share everything I found, but I was amazed at how often animals are mentioned in the Holy Book. In Eden, the closeness intended between God�s creatures is evident as Adam named the animals while searching for �a suitable helper.�2 After sin entered the picture,3 we still find God providing for all of His creatures through Noah and the ark.4 An angel once rebuked a man named Balaam for beating his donkey.5 In the Ten Commandments, God tells us even cows need rest on the Sabbath day.6 King Solomon wrote, �A righteous man regards the life of his animal,�7 and Jesus Himself said, �Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.�8 Yes, our loving Creator cares for animals.
I also learned that animals will be in God�s coming kingdom. �Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth...The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox �.�9
The Real Question
Will Jax be in heaven? Although we don�t know with absolute certainty, my research revealed many passages that give me hope of seeing him again.10 But the overriding thought that impressed me most was getting to heaven myself. How about you? Will you be there? The only way you can make it is through the death of Someone called the Lamb of God.11 Another question is, if God loves animals, why did He require the Jews to slice the throats of little lambs?12 Because He wanted to impress human beings with sin�s horror, and with the high cost of our salvation. Every bleeding lamb symbolized God�s precious Son, who would die for our sin on a splintery cross outside Jerusalem. �Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!�13
Here�s a story that illustrates my point: Malakoff was a large Newfoundland dog who guarded jewels in Paris. The jeweler had a greedy apprentice named Jacques. Resolving to kill Malakoff, Jacques led the dog to the swift-flowing Seine, tied a bolder around his neck, and threw him in. Amazingly, the powerful Newfoundland kept his head above water as he desperately swam toward shore.
Then Malakoff looked back and saw that Jacques had also fallen into the river. Unable to swim, the man was drowning. With unexpected loyalty, Malakoff then paddled heroically upstream and finally reached his desperate, would-be murderer. Once ashore, Jacques flung his arms around the dog and begged for forgiveness!14 Dear friend, that story reveals the message of Heaven�s Lamb, Jesus Christ. Even though our sins murdered Him, His love can deliver us from the waters of sin and the stones of evil.
If we repent, ask forgiveness and trust His Sacrifice, the Lamb is strong enough to bring us to the heavenly shore.
How sad if your pet is in heaven and you�re not. Make no mistakes�trust the Lamb!
For YOU to go to heaven�you must: 1) Recognize Your Need Because of sin, you can�t get to God on your own.
�All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.�15
2) Understand God�s Plan God knew our problem, so he sent Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus never sinned, so He was the perfect Sacrifice, the spotless LAMB. When Jesus died, He took your sins and mine on Himself.
�He was delivered up [to die] because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.�16
3) Accept God�s Salvation Jesus� death and resurrection means that your soul can live with God forever. �The wages of sin is death [separation from God], but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.�17
To accept this gift, you can pray: Dear God, Thank You for sending Your Son, the Lamb of God, to earth to die in my place. Thank You that He rose from the dead. I realize that I�m a sinner, and I need Your forgiveness. Please forgive my sins as I put my faith in Him. Amen.
For deeper insights about animals and God�s love for you, read in its entirety, Will My Pet Go to Heaven? by Steve Wohlberg.
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Winfrey (b. 1954); 2 Genesis 2:19, 20; 3 Gen. 3:21; 4 Genesis 6-8; 5 Numbers
22:32; 6 Exodus 20:10; 7 Proverbs 12:10; 8 Matthew 10:29 nlt; 9 Isaiah
65:17,25; 10 Will My Pet Go to Heaven? by Steve Wohlberg; 11 see John 1:29;
12 Mark 14:12; 13 John 1:29; 14 The Peaceful Kingdom: Random Acts of Kindness
By Animals, by Stephanie Laland. Conari Press, Berkeley, California (1997);
15Romans 3:23; 16Romans 4:25; 17Romans 6:23.
I personally believe I will see my pets in heaven. I sure hope so. To
find out more about this tract, visit the American Tract Society at http://www.atstracts.org/
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