Do Our Pets Have A Soul And Do They Go To Heaven

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Do Our Pets Have A Soul And Do They Go To Heaven

by Karen Littlefield

I believe dogs (and other pets) go to heaven, the night my Fluffy died he woke me up with his little legs going and a smile on his face, I don't know what he was seeing because he was seeing in that spiritual realm that our flesh eyes can't see. But he was definitely headed somewhere and was happy about it. I think sometimes our pets see with their spiritual eyes more then we do, they are not as caught up with flesh things the way we are so they are more aware of the spiritual dimension. I think these verses show that there will be animals in heaven. Their eating habits will be changed in their spirit bodies from what they are in the flesh.

Isa. 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isa. 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

We are told in 1Corinthians 15:39 that there are different kinds of flesh, man, animals, fish and birds. In verse 40 we are told there are different kinds of bodies one for when were in the flesh on earth and another kind for when we are in spirit in heaven outside of this flesh dimension. Flesh and blood can't be in the heavenly dimension. In heaven our eating habits will change too. Psalms 78:25 talks about manna being "angels" food. Just like the animals mentioned above we won't be meat eater's in heaven either. I would imagine that our pets will have a different kind of spiritual body then what we do, just like they have a different kind of flesh body then what we do.

In Revelation 4:11 we are told that God created everything for His pleasure. Animals are a very big part of our Father's creation and gives Him much pleasure. Why wouldn't He want the pleasure of having animals in heaven? Matt. 10:29 tells us that not one sparrow falls to the ground without our Father knowing about it. Matt. 6:26 tells us our Father feeds them. If He cares about their life in the flesh, that is so short why wouldn't He care enough to give them a place in heaven?

In Matt. 23:12 we are told that who exalts himself shall be brought down and the humble shall be exalted. What is more humble then a dog trying to please his owner in hopes of a pat on his head? To me it seems rather prideful of man to exalt himself to a heaven that excludes a large part of God's creation. Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. My Bible doesn't say, when Thy kingdom come there will be no more animals.

This next verse shows me that there will be horses in heaven.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

The word creature in these following verses is the word nephesh H5315 in the Strong's Hebrew dictionary.

nephesh neh'-fesh From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): - any, appetite, beast, body, breath, creature, X dead (-ly), desire, X [dis-] contented, X fish, ghost, + greedy, he, heart (-y), (hath, X jeopardy of) life (X in jeopardy), lust, man, me, mind, mortality, one, own, person, pleasure, (her-, him-, my-, thy-) self, them (your) -selves, + slay, soul, + tablet, they, thing, (X she) will, X would have it.

Notice this Hebrew word nephesh can refer to "ghost" or "soul".

The word creature is 9 times translated from the word nephesh in our KJV Bible. Gen_1:21, Gen_1:24, Gen_2:19, Gen_9:10, Gen_9:12, Gen_9:15-16 (2), Lev_11:46 (2)

Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

What makes them a "living creature"?

Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The word soul in the above verse is also from the Hebrew word nephesh.

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My name is Karen Littlefield. I love Bible study and I love dogs. I think our pets are a wonderful gift from our Father.

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