Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Will there be animals in heaven? Do animals have souls?

Originally published June 18, 2007.

Will There Be Animals in Heaven? Do Animals Have Souls?

From Genesis 1:26-27, we know that only human beings are made in God’s image. However, this does not necessarily mean that animals are without souls or spirits of any kind. What we know from this passage is that only human beings have a choice to serve God or not. Only human beings were given stewardship over the earth.

Ecclesiastes 3:21 “Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?” (NIV) Although this passage is often interpreted to mean that animals don’t go to heaven, I think that the Preacher here is simply stating that “who knows for sure what happens when we die?” At this point in Judaism, there was not an established belief in a resurrection.

“1 Corinthians 2 9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–” (NIV) In short, I would say that although the Bible clearly gives the conditions for humans going to heaven, I really don’t think there is anything in it that definitely states what happens to animals when they die. I feel that it’s possible for at least the more intelligent animals to exist in some form after death. Since 1 Corinthians 2:9 is interpreted to mean that heaven is a place of happiness beyond imagination, I believe that God finds a way for us to enjoy the presence of both our faithful departed loved ones and our departed animal friends.

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