Poetry With A Mission

...a thought provoking poetical exercise.

Pets In Heaven

Will our pets go to Heaven? Were we not there, would they be?
Are there good and bad creatures? Are they judged accordingly?
Well, one thing’s clear — creatures aren’t humans — so, let’s start there:
When Scripture speaks of the saved, it doesn’t mention creatures anywhere.

Yes, in a sense they’re like us, for they live and breathe also,
But to say that they’re saved too, is to state what we don’t know.
 Christ came to save you and I, He died for humanity,
Hence why Scripture says — HUMANS — leave earth for the heavenly.

We shouldn’t say pets go to Heaven, as that’s just speculation,
It’s purely and simply just someone’s interpretation.
We can’t compare creatures with humans, they’re simply creatures,
They’re certainly not human, despite similar features.

Now, if we came from monkeys, one might speculate it’s so,
Saying: That pets as well as owners up to Heaven go.
But God’s Word tells us clearly that we don’t come from monkeys,
So let’s be careful what we say, lest He who knows, we displease.

There’s simply no evidence supporting some person’s view
That our pets go to Heaven and enjoy paradise too.
Such an interpretation is based on error, I believe,
It’s biblically unsound — yet, clever enough to deceive.

As I mentioned earlier: What the Word of God does say,
Is that — HUMANS —  will be saved; if they repent and obey.
It does not say that creatures, or our pets, receive God’s grace,
But instead says: That Christ came to rescue the human race.

And there is something else too, that Scripture does not convey.
What’s that? That they’re creatures in Heaven blissfully at play.
What it does picture is a new earth, and a wolf and lamb at peace,
Which shows that in the new earth, bloodshed and cruelty will cease.

Will we see our pets again? Personally, I really don't know,
The Scriptures not saying so — in fact, appear as if no.
Only God knows the answer; we will have to wait and see,
As one day we will know, if we follow Him faithfully.

But our primary concern is people — that is, saving the lost,
And that’s Christ’s concern also, more so, hence why He met that cost.
Every Christian should focus on people also, more so,
And never get hung up on whether pets to Heaven go.

If we focus on people, pets won’t be such a concern,
We will leave them in God’s hands, shelve our questions ’till His return.
And meantime, we’ll treat our pets with care, enjoy their company,
Thanking God for their presence, even if it’s temporary.

By Lance Landall

Note: Regarding those who see creatures as no different to humans -- Even God didn't fully equate animals with humanity. If He had put them on the same level, he wouldn't have said (like He did at one point) that we could eat them. I certainly don't ever recall Him giving man permission to eat his own kind, which he would've effectively been doing if animals were considered by Him as being equal with man. Hence why our focus must first and foremost be on humanity, not creatures. However, a person who really cares about their fellowman, will surely also care about creatures.

“The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together [bloodshed and cruelty will be no more], and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox [there will be no carnivorous creatures]. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den [children will have nothing to fear], . They will not hurt or destroy on My holy mountain [the kingdom of Christ, the renewed earth]…” (Isa 11:6-9).

Note: The “four living creatures” in Heaven, mentioned in Revelation, are purely symbolic.

Read this poem in conjunction with the poem "Where Are They?"