Humane Society Heaven

By Kristen Johnson

A few days ago, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA received an anonymous $8,000 donation in the donation box. (Huffington Post.) And, our faith in humanity can be restored at least for a few minutes. In spite of all the news of wars, violence, political infighting, and poverty and suffering, there are still acts of kindness that make us pause and be grateful for humanity.

According to the CDC, pets can decrease our blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, and feelings of loneliness. They also give us an excuse to exercise, provide companionship, and show nothing but unconditional love. Animals aren’t judgmental like people – they love us whether or not we’re fat or skinny, black or white or brown, wear the right clothes, or are rich or poor.

The subject of “do animals go to heaven?” comes up often, particularly when you happen to be a liberal Christian swimming in a pool of Conservative Christians like I am. I’ve never been to heaven, but I can’t possibly imagine a heaven without my dogs and horses in it. As a matter of fact, I asked God at least 30 years ago if I could skip people heaven altogether and to go straight to dog heaven.

I like what has to say about animals in heaven:

Do animals go to heaven?

Another way to ask this question is, “Will there be animals in heaven?” Yes. God’s original creation has been subjected to degradation and decay through sin, but it will be restored as it was in the beginning. The apostle Paul wrote, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:20, 21, NKJV). Although our sins have destroyed ourselves and nature, God will restore both. Just as animals were part of God’s untainted, original creation, so they will be part of the world and life when He restores everything new—without the corruption of sin and death.

In the meantime, while we wait to see our animals again in heaven, it’s important to love and care for our animals now. God Bless the person who put the money in the Pasadena Shelter box. Loving animals is loving humanity.

Love each other and the animals who love us back. And, that includes all animals – it’s easy to enjoy animals and live in peace with them when we don’t eat them.

Serve all with love.

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