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From an anonymous friend - 9 Jan 2006
I just read your book on-line following the euthanizing of my dog Oscar today. I am so sad, but it helped me feel better, as I have never had the question answered before as to whether or not dogs go to heaven. I also felt better reading your explanation as to why some of us just haven't "felt" God yet. I believe, but it is all intellectual and I just don't "feel" Him. I hate it that I am in that category, but I am.
I have a question, where do you think Oscar is now? Is my understanding correct that you think he is in a good place as a little spirit, but not heaven or paradise? And, when we die, just our spirit goes to the good place? Do you think we have awareness of our former earthly identities? What about our souls? In other words, when I die, will I still know I am me?
Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I am really grateful to you for your spiritual efforts.
Praise Be To God,
ps- are you a particular denomination?
Reply from Bernie:
Dear Christian Friend:
It is wonderful to receive e-mails like yours and know that my book has helped, and is helping you - also with much gratitude from me to Frank and Mary Hoffman for putting my book on their site. Frank also has a book on His site called "All creatures here below" which explores the subject of "Do animals have Souls and Spirits" which He also proves from the original languages. Their site is on:
See under "books."
Now, to answer your searching questions - but not in the order that you asked them.
1. Oscar's Spirit - where is it?
Ecclesiastes:7 "Then shall the dust (earthly body) return to the earth as It was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Numbers 27:16 "Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh...."
Oscar never sinned like Humans - so his Spirit is now in Heaven with our Lord awaiting the resurrection of your body into eternal/immortal life upon which His Spirit and Soul will be given His new immortal/eternal body to be reunited with yours for eternity, never to die again. We were given dominion (stewardship) over all other creatures, therefor, their born again experience (the renewing of their old earthly bodies into glorious eternal bodies) depends to some extent upon the timing of ours. So if you are caught up to meet our Lord in the air at His second coming - then Oscar's spirit will come with Him and you will both be reunited - at that time - perfect - never to die again.
2. ..."When I die, will I still know that I am me?
YES! You sure will.
Luke 16:22 " And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom (a wonderful place that our God has prepared as a waiting place for those who have died who are waiting for the very soon second coming of our Lord): the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torment, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, betwixt us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence...."
The rich man knew who he was alright and why he was where he was.
3. Why you feel that you "do not feel God"
This is an extremely difficult question to answer without going deep and taking up pages and pages - but I will try according to my understandings.
Seeing that as yet, I only know you as a person that believes intellectually and feel that you do not KNOW God as you feel you should, and would like to (that is the start - wanting to) I could go on about being transformed in the mind (according to Paul), but after the following two scriptures we'll get to the nitty gritty of feeling God's presence.
Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Here is how Paul felt after he had been transformed in the mind.
Romans 7:24-25 "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I my self serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
Our God has many many attributes which He shows to different people in different ways according to their needs. Now! everyone who believes in Jesus - has a guardian angel - whether they know it or not. You have at least one - maybe more, who have probably saved you and yours from harm many times - have you ever thanked your angel/s?
Luke 4:10 "For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."
Psalm 91:11 "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Hebrews 1:14 " Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Revelation 1:1 "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his ANGEL unto his servant John."
Angels do not have gender - they are spirits - but they can easily take on different forms
Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
So! My current answer to this question - is!
Talk to your Angel! It has probably saved your life many times - thank it - talk to it - give it a name - become friends - when you get a problem ask it to help you - you will find that it will - willingly - BUT! I suggest you don't talk to it out loud, there may me others listening. Then! when the time is right you will be filled with the Great Holy Spirit and will not only feel the presence of our Great God but be almost overwhelmed by it.
4. Do I belong to a denomination?
1Corinthians 1:13 "...Is Christ divided?
The answer is NO.
In Jesus' name:
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