ALL Animals Go to Heaven!
Conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t discuss politics, religion or sex in “mixed” company, because people are passionate about their beliefs in these areas and things could get out of hand. Which is exactly why I think they are the BEST topics of conversation!
I’m sure, like me, you’ve run into people who don’t believe animals go to Heaven. This amazes me, because that kind of thinking is so illogical. There is also an attitude among some people that you “should help people instead of animals,” as if by doing one you are somehow taking away from the other. Okay, so it's natural for one to prefer one's own species, but humans have grown far to arrogant in their self-worship.
I’ve had arguments with preachers over the animals in heaven topic, as well as individuals. I've been around long enough to know logic doesn’t always have a place in religion, but in the Bible God says, “Let us reason together.” God gave us a brain, I would think he expects us to use it. I ask animals-don't-go-to-heaven people, “Why in the world WOULDN’T there be animal souls in heaven? Can’t God find room in the never-ending universe he created? Please. When the Bible says God has prepared a "house with many rooms" it's not a literal house!
Or they’ll say, “The Bible doesn’t say that animals go to heaven.” As IF The Bible is a complete record of all God does or can do. It was written in a simple manner for simpletons: humankind. Also, animals never sinned, so there is no reason they have to be “saved,” and why they don't need any Bibles. They didn’t screw up in the Garden of Eden, man did. Animals did what God intended them to do, so if you ask me, God is probably a lot more pleased with them than most humans.
That’s the problem with being too literal about religion—there is no room for reason. Another point I make is that the Bible says that in the beginning, God gave ALL CREATURES who had the BREATH OF LIFE (soul) green plants for food. He created us vegetarians! It was only after humans sinned that they began eating flesh and sacrificing it. And if you think of it, animals were the first representation of Christ—something that had to die to “cover” man’s sin. And one of man's biggest sins is not treating other creatures humanely.
The best illustration of animals in heaven is an old Twilight Zone episode. I LOVE that show. An old man and his hunting dog drown and wake up on the other side. There is a nice-looking man near a sign pointing the way to Heaven. He welcomes the man, but tells him that he can’t bring his dog. Of course, the man, who loves his dog, says he doesn’t want to go to heaven if his dog can’t go with him. They continue down the road and find the REAL gateway to heaven, where his dog is welcome. The first place was actually Hell. Sounds right to me!
There are many Christian churches and preachers, as well as other religions that realize God is bigger than any human can comprehend. It's about keeping one's mind open to endless possibilities
And that’s the end of my Sunday sermon!
Above is a picture of Adrienne’s dog, Stella. What a FACE! Adrienne says, “She is laying on my bed waiting for me to get out of the shower; she does it every day. I always give her kisses when she’s there—it’s our daily routine."
Not only do animals go to heaven, they often have a better understanding of love and forgiveness that a lot of people. Stella knows it and we pet lovers know it too!
posted by Sandy at 2/04/2007 12:42:00 PM