My Constant Companion (Day 4, from, Letters to a Friend)
In order to have a complete answer to “Will we see our pets in heaven,” we need to answer the question if animals can be saved. When you read the temptation and fall in Genesis 3 that caused God to drive a man from the Garden of Eden. The only animal that is mentioned in the temptation account is the serpent, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made . . .” (verse 1. NKJV) And, in verses 14-15 God punished him for his transgression, “So the Lord God said to the serpent: ‘Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go and you shall eat of the dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.’” The serpent was the only animal that broke the Lord Gods command in the Garden of Eden, he used his cunning nature to deceive Eve into believing she would not die if she ate from the forbidden tree, but her eyes would be opened to good and evil and that she would be like God, and in-turn she convinced Adam to eat from the tree as well; these were the only transgressors.
I’m not implying there is not both good and evil in the animal kingdom, but they follow their God-given instincts, and at the same time remaining innocent. The fall of man affected all life and the world as God created it was forever changed. All through scripture we read about all of nature praising God, and about the earth feeling birth pains for the coming of Christ. As I stated before an animal offers us unconditional love and you can’t do that without the love of God inside you.
I would like to leave you with one last thought in the days of Noah, the Lord saw the wickedness of man and said he was, “Sorry that He had made man because every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” We all know the story of the great flood and the sign of a rainbow in the sky that the Lord would remember the covenant that He had made saying, “. . . ‘The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look upon it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.’” (Genesis 9:16, NKJV)
I know this is a controversial subject but I hope you will give it some thought, and the next time you are faced with the question, “Will we see our pets in heaven” you will be able to help someone, or maybe even yourself, heal from the loss of a beloved pet.
Your Sister in Christ