The Fellowship of Life
a Christian-based vegetarian group founded in 1973


'Will there be animals in heaven?'

'Will there be animals in heaven?' - Dr Billy Graham answers some of the worldwide questions he is asked:

"I know this may seem silly to you, but recently my dog had to be put to sleep and it has made me grieve deeply. Do you think I will see my pet in heaven?" - Mrs M.S.T.

"I do not believe Scripture gives us any direct answer about this, although many Bible scholars believe the evidence suggests there will be animals in heaven. The difference will be that they will no longer fight and kill, because in the heavenly kingdom all will be peace. 'The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat . . . They will neither hurt nor destroy on all my holy mountain' (Isaiah 11 vs. 6, 9).

There is one thing you can be certain of, however. God loves us, and he knows what our needs are. He also wants us to be completely happy in heaven - and we will be. Therefore, if God knows we will be happier because there will be animals with us in heaven, then you can be assured He will do what is best for us. Remember that our happiness and joy in heaven will be based especially on the fact that we will be with Christ, and we will worship Him and serve Him there. 'No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve Him' (Revelation 22v.3).

I realise that you may be very sad over the loss of this pet, but I want to challenge you to use this time to think more carefully about what you can do in the future to serve God more fully. For example, all around you are people who have never thought much about heaven or about their relationship to Christ. There are also people around you who are facing many problems and heartaches. Are you praying for them, and are you seeking to share Christ's love for them as God gives you opportunity? And are you growing spiritually yourself, learning to trust God more and more each day and learning about Him through His Word, the Bible? The most important thing in life should be your relationship to Christ, and my prayer is that He will have first place in your life."

From the Christian Herald dated November 12, 1983:

Reproduced with thanks

NB The final paragraph of Dr Graham's thesis may appear presumptuous and patronising to Christians who care about other beings but we reproduce the text in full for informational purposes.

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