People love their dogs. Dog owners don’t look at their pets as just animals, dog owners look at their pets as members of their family. Bringing a dog into your home changes your life in a profound way. Dogs can teach us a great deal about ourselves and they offer us the opportunity to grow as a human being.
Dogs won’t follow bad energy. They don’t like anger and frustration and will not respond to it. If dogs don’t care for you, check yourself. Good dog owners have learned to practice communication in a calm, assertive manner to provide the kind of leadership a dog will follow. Dogs challenge us to be better human beings.
The therapeutic value of a dog cannot be overestimated. Abuse survivors, soldiers with PTSD, and others who are having trouble trusting humans have found the unconditional love of a dog brings healing to their life. (Click here for link to National Capital Therapy Dogs) Dogs are a beautiful part of God’s ministry in this world.
It is no wonder we hold them so dear in our hearts. The life-span of a dog is relatively short compared to that of a human. As dog owners our hearts are broken time and time again as we say goodbye to our beloved best friends and watch them pass on.
Where do our pets go when they die? Will our dogs be in Heaven? Theologians throughout time, such as George Hawkins Timber, CS Lewis, and Billy Graham, have pondered these questions and argue that pets go to Heaven. C. S. Lewis' book, The Problem of Pain, contains a chapter entitled Animal Pain, which is a reflection on a lifelong love of animals.
The belief is that animals brought under man’s dominion will be in Heaven. However, there is no specific scripture that says “animals will go to Heaven.” The reasoning behind this belief is that when an animal is taken in and trained by man, they are changed.
In the above video clip from Prophecy in the News, Gary Stearman, Tom Horn and Joe Ardis discuss how animals get their souls, the covenant God made with Noah and the “beasts that were with him” after the flood and the book “Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?” Mr. Ardis, author of The Natural Dog Training Method, describes the proper energy techniques needed to train a dog as well.
It was God’s desire for Adam to have suitable helpers from the animal kingdom. Gen. 2:18-19: “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’ (19) Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature that was its name.”
Romans 8:19-21, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (20) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, (21) Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” God created and loves these creatures, why would he want to be forever cut off from them? They please Him.
God created these animals to be in our lives for a reason. There is a psychology to why a dog thinks and acts the way that they do. The genius of Creation is that the dogs give us so much more than we ever give back to them. The way they were designed to respond to human behavior and teach us lessons goes beyond just making us better people.
There is a growing interest in animal rights and welfare in the United States. People are drawn to something we can’t put our finger on, but instinctively we know is there. There is something inside animals that feeds our soul.
People do not interact with one another in traditional ways anymore. Chatting with your neighbor over the fence has become the way of the past. Today we live in a multi-media society. We will text someone standing in the same room as us instead of looking them in the eye and have a conversation. You cannot text your dog. They force you to look them in the eye and interact on a personal level. We feel when we are will them.
Matthew 10:29: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” Here we see God notes even the fall of the tiny sparrow.
In the words of the Bible, we see how the love of God extends to all the members of the animal kingdom. He created them, He loves them, and He set them up under the dominion of man to be changed. Of course He will bring them home.