Last time I said that nowhere in the Bible is the word ‘pet’ used, except for the Living Bible, which is a paraphrase.
This is what it says; there were two men in a certain city, one very rich, owning many flocks of sheep and herds of goats; and the other very poor, owning nothing but a little lamb he had managed to buy. It was his children’s pet, and he fed it from his own plate and let it drink from his own cup; he cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 2 Sam 12:1-3 TLB
The New King James says; there were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him. 2 Sam 12:1-3 NKJV
It certainly sounds like the definition of a pet but this story was told to David, by the prophet Nathan, after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba and covered up the affair by murdering her husband.
The story was given to evoke an emotional response, which worked.
All of us have an emotional attachment to animals; dogs, cats, birds, even children get attached to miniature turtles and fish.
However the question is not the existence of pets but rather if pets go to heaven.
It is written in Eccl 3:21, Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?
Our attachment to pets is an earthly attachment.
We take comfort in believing that our pets will accompany us to heaven.
What about people?
What about a spouse?
Jesus said, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.” Matt 22:30
So are we more attached to pets than people?
It is written that Jesus returns on a white horse; now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Rev 19:11
Does Jesus literally return on a white horse?
Then will there also be other literal horses in the times to come?
Rev 6:2 – And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Rev 6:4 – Another horse, fiery red, went out.
Rev 6:5 – I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
Rev 6:8 – I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him.
Then again, is the horse Jesus is riding a pet or a work animal.
My conclusion is this: the Bible is not specific that animals are a part of the resurrection.
Most people carry their emotional attachment for animals and transfer that into eternal life, in other words, the happiness they share with animals here is the happiness they want there.
If people are more important than animals, then why is it I’m not married to Linda in the resurrection?
Will God place our feelings for pets above our feelings for each other?
Someone has said that heaven is a perfect place and the only way it can be so is if pets are there.
But what about mom’s, dad’s, brother’s, sister’s, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and all sort of kinfolk.
If they aren’t there but pets are, then will heaven be perfect?
It is written when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 1 Cor 13:10
I think in this life we are “in part” having not attained perfection.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 1 Cor 13:12
I will admit that it is a “dim” view to see what is in store for us in eternal life.
Maybe; maybe not!