Will My Pet Go To Heaven When It Dies?
We don't know what happens to animals when they die, but God does, and we know his plan is good. Sometimes we may get the idea that animals think and understand as we do. But God created animals different from people. Animals don't have souls or think as we do, so they can't enjoy God the way we can. Here on earth, pets are fun to play with and animals are interesting to watch. Only God knows if pets will join us in heaven.
God made all sorts of wild animals and cattle and reptiles. And God was pleased with what he had done. Then God said, "Let us make a man—someone like ourselves. He will be the master of all life upon the earth and in the skies and in the seas." So God made man like his Maker. Like God did God make man. Man and maid did he make them. (Genesis 1:25-27)
Isaiah 11:6-8; 65:25
Note to Parents
This question may be a way of testing the reality of heaven. A child's world is tied to his or her pet, and the death of a pet naturally raises the question of what happens to it afterward. But if you're not sure how to answer, don't be afraid of saying you don't know. The answer may not be as important as helping your child deal with losing a pet. When we get to heaven, God will give us everything we need to be filled with upspeakable joy.
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