I was in the car this morning after church when my 12 year old commented on her sunday school teacher’s response to a question posed to him.
“Today Stan (an autistic 11 year old) asked Mr. Ennis (sunday school teacher) if he would someday see his dead dog in heaven. Mr. Ennis abruptly (yes my 12 year old speaks this way) told Stan that dogs had no soul and upon death they absolutley did not go to heaven.
Daddy don’t you think this is harsh?
Yes I replied.
Why would Mr. Ennis say that to a kid like Stan?”
I have been struggling with my faith over the last few years. I envision a kind Jesus not a mean horrible dog hating Jesus. (I let God be the city destroyer and locust bringer while Jesus is the lamb). I wonder what Christ would say to Mr. Ennis. In any event, I think Jesus was a lot more about kindness than most churches preach about. Praying for a big house and money is jacked up. Jesus would say to be that homosexuals are not the grand sinners but can actuall be good Christians and gay. In short I would like to hang out with my Jesus not the puppy hater. Jesus is laid back and wants me to be like him. But if Jesus hates puppies like Mr. Ennis said– then I may have to rethink my desire to hang out with JC in the afterlife.
Biblically confused as to Stan’s puppy’s soul -I went to the internet. The query was “do pets go to heaven” www.landoverbaptist.org/news0106/petsinheaven.html was the 4th or 5th hit and it looked like a good place to start.
Here is the question and response from this site. It is a question from an alleged confused 8 year old named Timmy whose dog is going to die(soon) because of cancer.
I am 8-years old and I am so sad now cause my dog, Scruffy is awfully sick. The pet doctor told my mom that Scruffy has only a few weeks to live because he has a bunch of cancers everwhere. The doctor told my mom that I am gonna see Scruffy when I get to heaven, but she told me that my doctor is not saved, so that I will write to you and ask you the real answer about Scruffy because you know.
Pastor, I love Scruffy so much! I have been trying so much every day not to cry, but when I look at his eyes, he is so sad! My poor dog is in so much pain with his cancers. Is Scruffy going to go to Heaven, Pastor? Will I get to see him again?
Timothy Galvin – Age 8
It always breaks my heart when I have to answer a question like this. I understand your concern, but I won’t lie to you. According to the Bible, there will be no animals in heaven except for horses. And those horses, the book of Revelation tells us, will be used solely as a means of transportation. Scripture tells us that horses will sprout wings and be able to fly at high speeds. We’ll fly too, Timmy, but the horses will probably fly faster, which is why Jesus is going to keep them around.
As True Christians™, we can only speculate why God doesn’t find it necessary to populate heaven with dogs, cats, cows, chickens and other creatures. Most likely it is because we won’t need food when we get to Heaven. Using Bible logic, we have to assume that there are going to be a whole mess of folks in Hell and most of them will be Chinese, since they never had the luxury of hearing about Jesus. People in hell will need food to sustain them through an eternity of torture at the hands of the loving God they rejected. As we understand it, Chinese folks love to eat dogs. I’m sorry, Timmy – it is a hard sight to take in, but in a few weeks little Scruffy will be savagely ripped to shreds, as will countless other pooches, at the blood-stained hands of starving, godless Chinamen as they are beaten and sodomized by demons on the desolate shores of the Lake of Fire. My guess is that those shores will be piled high with the rotting, bone-picked carcasses of every household pet there ever was.
I hope this helps.
Your friend and Pastor,
For all you Stans and Timmys of the world the are a few truths from this response.
- Deacon Fred is awesome entertainment
- Fred lies as we all know Chinese people eat cats not dogs
- If Fred is accurate DO NOT vacation at the lake of fire
- Fred forgot to mention that Jesus keeps the horses in heaven for gambling
Here is my own letter.
Dear Stan and Timmy,
I spoke to Jesus a few minutes ago. Good news! Your fucking dogs made it! They are in heaven. Jesus also told me to tell you that if Mr. Ennis and Deacon Fred tell you otherwise- ball up your little fits and punch them in the face.
PS Jesus said there are a dozen Chinese waiting for Fred at the lake!