The question concerning if dogs go to heaven has been a matter of concern. The scripture doesn’t state that dogs go to heaven, but as we search through the Scriptures one can draw a conclusion on this thought. Firstly,we would take a look at what heaven is like and how to relate it to this topic.
Heaven is better than we imagine
We all have an idea of how heaven looks like. Although we might have a different picture of what it looks like from our own broad spectrum.
However, whatever our own imaginary picture looks like, it can’t be compared to the real image of God. It’s far above our strength to actually get the exact picture of heaven. Even our idea about the joy and happiness that reigns in heaven is far below what it is. The beauty and comfort in heaven is beyond our human imagination.
1 Corinthians 13:12 gives us a clue “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” Seeing the reflection of your children in the mirror is nothing in comparison to picking them up, swirling them around and holding them close to your chest. Apparently the real picture of heaven will be far more better than our own imaginary picture.
Heaven Is for Those Who Are Saved
Heaven is for those it has been prepared for, it’s meant for the saved John 14:6 says Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord will be saved (Romans 10:9 added That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Then John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
As regards to these scriptures one can possibly draw Conclusion .Heaven is a place of joy and will always be. Even if we come across dogs or other animals in heaven, it shouldn’t be questioned because they’re also created by God.
The ability to make heaven depends on your salvation. Animals have restrictions. in Mark 5:11-13, he permitted a group of demons to possess some pigs, leading to the death of the pigs.
The creation of dogs and other animals are for a good purpose.
God created animals on the fifth and sixth day. Animals in the sea were created on the fifth day and God said it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.(Genesis 1:24).
God created humans and animals on land on the same day. Perhaps God created both on the same day with the similar features they possess.
Apparently God created these animals to be taken care of by man, that means man is superior over animals and have been placed to be in charge of them.These animals were created as gift for man to care and valued, they can’t be equal in the sight of God.
God Created Man in His Image
God created every firmament, animals and human by declaring the words in his mouth. He said the word, and his word eventually brought them to reality. When it was time to create man the method was different, using words were not just what he needed. He said let us make man in our own image and likeness The creation of man was unique. God took his time to create man because he wanted man to be his kind.
God took dust and made man and also created the woman from the man.Then he breathed life directly into both of them. God created them for his image to be reflected in them.They were formed with supernatural qualities that no other living creature has. We were all created in the image of the father to reflect him.
Only Humans Have a Soul
Since we were formed in God’s image,we are the only living beings with soul. Our soul is part of us which the holy spirit posses. It’s a part that is beyond human flesh and bone.This part is what we can’t really understand but it exists and his sacred and divine to enable us commune with the God.
If a soul that is saved by sincere confession of the risen Christ,the soul appears in heaven where christ gives it a new imortal body this is found in 2 Corinthians 5:2 ‘For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven”. Ecclesiastes 12:7 tells us ‘Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”.
The spirit of God dwells in us and when we die, it’s this spirit that goes back to God in heaven. So animals do not have God’s spirit neither do they have a soul, therefore saying they are in heaven is against what we know.
With our findings, we can finally say that animals, birds and even our personal pets may or may not be found in heaven because they aren’t humans that have soul or spirit.
Will my Dog be in Heaven?
There are two different descriptions of the New Heaven and New Earth, which the scripture stated that animals will be found there. Isaiah 11:11 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
This peaceful description of relationship between the different species of animal are seen in three verses and another verse that says something about it is seen in Isaiah 65:25 which says “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”.
Although pets where not in description, but for the fact animals are stated implies there is a possibility we will see dogs and other animals in heaven.
Since heaven is full of joy, it is possible that God will bring these animals to heaven since they were all part of his creatures.
There is no guarantee that our animals or pets will be in heaven with us, but we should be rest assured that God has made heaven in such a way that we will be comfortable without these animals. And our joy in heaven is not dependent on any earthly creature, because heaven is divinely and spiritually made.