The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
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Letter from James Miller Concerning Animals Going to Heaven – 21 Feb 2003
I too am a animal lover but not certain animals do go to heaven. God created us mortal beings from the ground just like the animals as you know. My understanding is, everything mortal will perish, only the immortal lives on. The only way to become immortal is to except Jesus Christ's immortality/Spirit within us. Jesus is Life, everything else without Jesus is dead. 2 Peter 2:12 seems to indicate animals don't go to heaven, ...”They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.” NIV
Don't get me wrong though I hope they do, especially dogs! It's hard to imagine God would allow us to form great affection for certain kinds of animals and then not allow us to ever see them again after they die.
I really like the teachings I've read from your site so far. I'm going through " Christian Perfection" right now. I, like you hunger for the deeper truths of God. I only want to learn the truth of God's Word, not be deceived by some of man's wrong interpretations of it. I've always been a little puzzled about the scripture in Matt. 5:48 but never read anyone teach that we could be perfect as God is perfect, even though that's what it says. As I've matured in my faith I've learned to trust more in the Holy Spirit for discernment of the Word than just looking to man.
Anyway, I wish you the best and God's blessings,
Reply by Frank L. Hoffman
Thank you very much for your letter and comments. We appreciate them very much.
Concerning immortality, the Hebrew Text is not as emphatic as is the New Testament, but we have cases of rapture (Enoch and Elijah), where they were taken directly into heaven. Isaiah speaks of a new heaven and a new earth (65:17), and there are others.
The key, I believe, comes from the understanding of the Hebrew expression neh-fesh khah-yawh, which means living soul. This is what Adam became when God breathed into him the breath of life. In Genesis Chapters 1-2 and elsewhere, animals are referred to as living souls, too; thus, the only distinction between humans and the other animals is that we were created in the image of God. The New Testament teaches us that the soul and spirit is immortal without limiting it to those who are in God's image, and since all living souls have a spirit, it seems only logical that they all are immortal.
We look forward to hearing from you again.
In the Love of the Lord,
We welcome your comments
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