Question of the Week: Is there biblical evidence that we will see our pets again in Heaven?
The Bible doesn’t say explicitly. When a question is asked about a matter we don’t know, we need to fall back on what we do know for certain in order to come to an informed and reasonable conclusion. It is also important to remember that these kind of conclusions are not the sort of things we should divide fellowship over. The only things we need to acknowledge as a fellowship are the reasons we come to these conclusions, not the conclusion itself. With all of that said, the conclusion on this question for our fellowship personally is that we will see our pets again in Heaven. The reasons we have come to that conclusion are all things even that people who disagree with the conclusion will agree on.
Fact #1: There are literal animals in Heaven. Revelation 19:11-14
Fact #2: God values the relationships we have with animals. Proverbs 12:10
Fact #3: All of Creation will benefit from the New Creation. Romans 8:20-25
For these reasons and others, we form an understanding of what we don’t know from what we do know. If there are animals in Heaven, then it follows that our pets could be some of them. If God sees our relationship with animals as a reflection of a right relationship with Him, it is unreasonable to think that He would cut us off from those relationships forever without rejecting a relationship with Him themselves. And if all Creation looks forward to our redemption, it follows that it would also benefit from it in some way. If you come to different conclusions from these passages, we can have a reasonable discussion as to why. The key is that our positions beyond the Bible are Biblically informed.
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