Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Do pets go to heaven?

It seems a sad way to start a blog but it is part of being human. Six days ago I lost a beloved pet. Her name was Cali and she was a shetland sheepdog, aka sheltie. Cali was ten years old when she passed and gave us no reason to believe she was sick. Her death came suddenly and within an hour of realizing something wasn't right she threw a blood clot and was gone.

Some people might think it silly the tears I cried for her but the pain I felt and still feel is very real. The Lord gives us the desires of our heart and Cali was mine, a tiny sheltie that loved me. She blessed my life in a very special way. I am not sure why God chose to take her but I am thankful for every one of those years I was blessed with. My life was enriched by her life and she was there when I need her the most.

So the question is do animals go to heaven? A question that most pet owners have asked themselves. The bible doesn't give us a clear answer. That doesn't mean a negative answer though. It just means God's word doesn't tell us.
The bible is our map to redemption. It tells us that the human race is a fallen race and we are born into sin. We have to have Christ's redemptive blood to get to heaven. Isaiah 11:6 does mention animals, however, many believe they are symbolic of people. I do believe there will be animals in heaven because they are one of God's beautiful creations. Why would He not have them in Heaven? I'd like to believe Cali will be there but if she isn't I know that I will not be sad because God promises us there will be no more tears when we get there. I wish I had a better answer a definate yes but there is none. Not until the day when He calls us home and we can see what heaven holds.