Originally posted by theRhenn
Thanks for this one.
I guess this "could" be taken for a metaphore, but it doesnt look that way. I would think this speaks about animals in general. As in.. The new
Earth with the same species but not "your pets". I dunno if I can see this as our pets going to heaven and joining us. I wish I had time to dig
around for the verses I'm thinkin of when it's mentioned that we arnt supposed to have such feelings for animals the way we do. That encourages me
more to think that our pets do not make it. Would be swell! But, dont you think this mentions just animals being in heaven in general? I mean,
animals do not sin nor do they do good.
I was quoting this verse insofar that animals themselves will inhabit the New Earth.
Pets WILL be included as well ... here's my Scriptural proof:
"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not
willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of
corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
Romans 8:18-22 KJV
Let's define some of these terms here using the Strong's Condordance (if you don't know what that is and you are a christian, PLEASE google it). For
those who aren't christian - the Strong's Concordance is a dictionary that lists every single word, yes every single word used in the KJV of the
bible and gives you its original in Hebrew/Greek and the definition of the original Hebrew/Greek word. This is handy for the KJV in particular because
the vernacular is somewhat antiquated.
"The creature" = the Greek ktisis
= anything created, creation
"Vanity" = mataiotēs
"Corruption" = phthora
Let us put that all together in terms which are a little more user friendly shall we:
"For [creation] was made subject to [depravity/perverseness], not willingly, but by reason of him (that's us) who hath subjected the same in hope,
Because [creation] itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of [destruction/decay] into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we
know that the whole [creation] groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now"
Every creature which has ever lived has suffered as a direct result of the fall. That much is obvious. But those very same creatures which suffer and
look forward to liberation from death/perishing and to the coming glory of God ~ if they are liberated from death that means
they are given life; thus they will abide in the new Earth.
So ... since your pets are included in the category of everything that has ever been
Maybe you should all do your pets a favor and get right with God so your pet isn't forced to spend eternity without you.
P.S. Fellow christians, PLEASE site Scripture when attempting to build any
biblical case! Your personal conjecture is errant.
7-1-2012 by followtheevidence because: classified