Do All Dogs Go to Heaven?

a9059d-lgLosing a dog is almost as painful as losing a family member especially when you had one for a long time. We develop a strong emotional connection with our canine. Our dogs love us unconditionally when treated right. For many of us, there would be a significant void in life if there were no dogs.

The Bible states that God created land animals on the sixth day of creation. Adam, the first man, was also created on the sixth day. After the sixth day, the creation was complete, and God pronounced it very good. Clearly, the Lord had a purpose in creating animals, and it was for the good of man and His creation. This certainly would include our beloved canines.

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ will come back to rule and reign on the earth for a thousand years. The prophet Isaiah proclaims that during that time of unprecedented peace, “The wolf shall also dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together… “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.” (Isa 11:6) Animals will revert to grass eaters and will no longer prey on one another. That was God’s initial design before the disobedient action of Adam and Eve. (Gen 1:30) And since God is bringing this world full circle when He will create “new heavens and a new earth.” (Isa 65:17), it seems logical to conclude that part of a new creation will include animals. Whether the animals will be the same ones that were here on earth is not clear. Hypothetically, God certainly could recreate the same personalities in the animals that were here during your life. The only exceptions would be that they will not get sick, die, or act in a mean way toward any other living being.

More importantly, though, will YOU go to heaven? Some believe that they can merit points with God by doing more good than bad. Others believe that they are good in comparison to other people. Some religions will tell you that you must go to church, take communion, and be baptized to enter heaven.

However, according to the Bible, none of these roads will get YOU there. First of all, in comparison to God who is perfect, the Bible says that “there is none righteous, no not one.” (Rom 3:10) The Bible also teaches that the heart (The inner control center made up of mind, will, and emotions) of man “is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” (Jer 17:9) Even a little child figures out how to lie early in life and will take things from others that are not his/hers. That’s why children must be taught to do the right thing. They figure out how to do the wrong things all by themselves.

We all have a sin problem. To sin is to break God’s moral commands. Have you ever told a lie? Did you ever steal anything regardless of value? Have you ever lusted in your heart after another person? Have you ever been drunk or high? Have you ever hated anyone? You get the point. The truth is that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23) And “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom 6:23) Sin brought physical death as well as spiritual death. If a person physically dies without having their sins taken away, then that person goes into eternity separated from God in a place of torment that the Bible calls hell.

BUT, the good news is that you can have your sins forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life by putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Jesus came in the flesh – fully God and fully man. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture, and He was buried, and rose again the third day.” (1 Cor 15:3, 4) He came so that your sins could be forgiven and that you can have life…spiritual life, eternal life, and a relationship with God. If you genuinely trust in Christ as the Son of God, believing that He died on the cross for your sin, that He was buried, and that He rose bodily on the third day, then you can be assured that He will save you from the penalty of your sins and give you eternal life. You can get to heaven because God provided the way through His Son. Why not put your faith and trust in Him today?

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