Do Animals Go to Heaven?
More than 2/3's of Americans are pet owners. Most of these are Christian and want to see their pets in the next life just as they do their human family members. So not surprisingly, the question of whether our pets go to heaven, remains one of the most asked questions in Christianity. Most often the answers are based on opinion, not Scripture. And most of the answers are wrong.
"Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast." - Psalms 36:6
Yes, animals do move on after this life. The Hebrew word for preservest is the same used elsewhere for save and deliver. Christ is not only the Savior of mankind, but the animal kingdom as well.
Most Christian leaders would likely find this heretical, the thought that Christ is the savior of animals. This is because while the Bible clearly states that He is the savior of both men and animals, they instead follow the teachings of man which say that Christ only saves man and only mankind is allowed into heaven. This false teaching largely originates from the Catholic Church. Pope Pius IX is was the first pope to officially declare that animals are soulless, and thus incapable of going to heaven. This joins the long list of Catholic teachings which contradict Scripture. The following are Scriptures which state that animals do in fact possess souls.
Man is composed of 3 substances, body, soul and spirit. As shown, the Bible states that animals have souls, but do they also have spirits? Yes, they do.
"For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity." - Eccl 3:19
The Hebrew word translated as breath in this passage 'ruwach' is translated 232 times in the Bible as spirit. The Scripture reads on, again referring to the spirit of beasts. It also calls out those who arrogantly state that the fate of animals is the ground while the fate of man is heaven.
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth? - Eccl 3:20-21
Some try to say that the above passage is making a statement that the spirit of animals goes down to into the ground upon death. If this were true it would not be in the form of a question. Also, further into Ecclesiastes it tells us where the spirit goes (not just that of man but all spirit)...
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." - Eccl 12:7
Animals, being spiritual beings, know their Creator.
They cry out to Him.
"The beasts of the field cry also unto thee" - Joel 1:20