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Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter From Shar About Animals Living in Heaven - October 27, 2008

Hello,

I have been reading your sermons and blog, and it seems you know what you're talking about, so I want to ask you a question.

I have been talking to some Jehovah's Witnesses about whether animals' souls live forever, the way ours do. They seem convinced that there are animals in heaven, but that they continue to die while humans live eternally. I showed them the Bible verse that says 'death will be abolished' but they insist this means only human death. They say God made animals for a different reason than humans, and that's why they continue to die. They also say animals died even in Eden.

So now I'm very confused. If my beagle, Sasha, makes it to heaven, will he just die anyway? Are all the animals who are suffering just going to end up dying twice? Why should I love a God who's going to take Sasha away from me?

Please answer truthfully.

Shar

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Shar:

Thank you very much for your words of encouragement about our web site, and for your question.

Please don't be confused. The Bible makes no distinction between humans and other creatures about there being no death in heaven. There is no death or mourning (Revelation 21:4), which should prove to you that there is no death for animals, for if you and Sasha were both in heaven and Sasha died again, you would also mourn for her.

God created both humans and other animals as living souls, which is our mutual physical and spiritual existence. What befalls one, befalls the other. The only difference is that humans were also created in the image of God (a spiritual image, since God is spirit).

We hope this helps.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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