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originally posted by: Dimithae
if the Catholic church doesn't believe that animals go to heaven,then why do they have blessing ceremonies where the priests bless all the people's animals?
A question that comes up frequently is whether people will see their pets in heaven. Now the Catechism of the Catholic Church does not directly address this question. But it does hold principles which lead us in the direction of an answer.
One principle is that all living things have a soul. Here soul is defined as what makes an organic body live. Now when any living thing dies, its soul is separated from its body. In the case of plants and animals the soul goes out of existence. But in the case of man, the soul remains in existence because it is a spiritual or immaterial thing. Consequently, it differs from the souls of animals in two important respects. First, it is the seat of intelligence or reason. For this reason a man is held responsible for his actions in a way that animals are not. Secondly, the soul is immortal. A thing which has no physical parts cannot fall apart or be poisoned or be crushed or be put out of existence. For this reason the souls of the saved will always be aware of themselves as enjoying the vision of God for all eternity. This enjoyment will be the result of having chosen to act on earth in such a way that one did the will of God rather than one's own will. And the souls of the damned will be aware of themselves as never attaining this vision of God because they have shown by their lives on earth that they did not wish this vision but instead preferred their own will.
In the light of this essential difference between human beings and animals, it would seem that we would not see the souls of our pets in heaven for the simple reason that they do not have immortal souls and are not responsible for their actions. They do not have the intelligence which allows them to choose either God's will or their own will. There is, then, an incomparable distance, say, between the soul of the sorriest human being who ever lived and the most noble brute animal that ever walked the earth.
originally posted by: Kharron
I firmly believe that there is other life out there in the universe. If that is true then did Jesus incarnate and put on a show for each inhabited planet? And does each planet have its own heaven, or do we all go to one big shared heaven?
The more I think about religion the more it falls apart.
originally posted by: borntowatch
This pope will say anything to get attention, the media whor....best I dont say that I think.
Animals go to heaven?
Thats going to get him a lot of love from followers and atheists alike.
When is he actually going to do something other than talk?
originally posted by: SaturnFX
As far as going to heaven, well, all things were heavenbound..mankind however screwed up (ate from the tree of knowledge) and now is required to do all sorts of works and accept Christ and all that to be allowed back in heaven at death. other animals and stuff have not done this, therefore none of that stuff is required.
Can all creatures go to heaven? And if the pope actually said it, what does that mean for the Catholic church? Or do you think the pope was just being nice to a child who lost a pet and the tabloids are blowing it up? I'm thinking the last one - that he was just comforting a young person who had lost a pet. But what are your thoughts on 'all creatures' in heaven? And if all creatures go to heaven, does that mean that when you reach the afterlife you'll be confronted by hundreds of beef-steers and thousands of chickens all looking at
No you don't know you are guessing. Outer space?.....ok lol.
If you believe The Bible to be the 100% inspired word of God, then you believe that Jesus had The Holy Spirit and through The Holy Spirit he chose Peter who also had the Holy Spirit and could be trusted to lead his church, right?