Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Do Dogs Go to Heaven?

M.E. has been asking some tough faith questions lately.  "Who made God?"  "How is God God and Jesus?" "Are there dinosaurs in heaven?" and "When Bailey (her uncle's pug) died, did she go to heaven?"

I sort of want to throw my hands up in the air and go "Geez kid, I don't know!"  How do you answer these tough questions? (The egg and tree example did not help explain the trinity).

In the meantime, my brother-in-law sent me these photos. At least I'm not the only one struggling!

FYI, these churches are across the street from one another.

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Hope you enjoyed this spiritual nonsense.

Now really--how do you answer the "tough" questions?

4 comments:

  1. God created everything with a purpose so I don't think he would just leave the animals abandoned souls behind. I believe that animals have a purpose in heaven as well. Good luck with your daughter in consoling her right now.

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  2. I have a hard time with these questions, too... and honestly.. shame on those churches - it's sort of funny.. but probably meant more as a jab to each other than entertainment for us.

    As far as what I tell my kids about animals going to heaven, I tell them what I kinda think could be the truth. (cuz NO ONE knows!) I figure that if God allows certain animals to really impact our lives on earth, then it was meant to be. I believe that God wants us to live AMAZING lives in heaven with him for eternity.. so why not let our beloved pets join us? I know plenty of dogs that I think deserve to go to heaven... not sure about humans.. ;)

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  3. When I am asked the hard questions I try to give my best answer and then focus on the things we do know:

    God loves us.
    He sent his son to die for us.
    He wants us to have joy.

    We know we will have joy in the end if we have faith in God and in the atonement. In my church we have a scripture on this topic that I love:

    "For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have". (1st Nephi 28:30)

    If we were to receive every tiny piece of information at the outset, it would me more than we could process, so we learn things line upon line and precept upon precept. If we keep learning for eternity we will someday have all those answers. But for now, we have the basics. The more we live those basics, the more we will understand other things.

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  4. That is pretty funny, not very nice, but still funny. Not sure about the hard questions we're not there yet. I would pray about, God will give you the answers.

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