Friday, September 25, 2009

Will our pets go to heaven?


Question: "Do pets / animals go to Heaven? Do pets / animals have souls?"


Answer: The Bible does not give any explicit teaching on whether pets/animals have “souls” or whether pets/animals will be in heaven. However, we can use general biblical principles to develop some clarity on the subject. The Bible states that both man (Genesis 2:7) and animals (Genesis 1:30; 6:17; 7:15, 22) have the breath of life. The primary difference between human beings and animals is that humanity is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), while animals are not. Being made in the image and likeness of God means that human beings are like God, capable of spirituality, with mind, emotion, and will, and they have a part of their being that continues after death. If pets/animals do have a “soul” or immaterial aspect, it must therefore be of a different and lesser “quality.” This difference possibly means that pet/animal “souls” do not continue in existence after death.


Another factor to consider is that animals are a part of God’s creative process in Genesis. God created the animals and said they were good (Genesis 1:25). Therefore, there is no reason why there could not be animals on the new earth (Revelation 21:1). There will most definitely be animals during the millennial kingdom (Isaiah 11:6; 65:25). It is impossible to say definitively whether some of these animals might be the pets we had while here on earth. We do know that God is just and that when we get to heaven we will find ourselves in complete agreement with His decision on this issue, whatever it may be.


Source: gotquestions.org


I have always thought they will go to heaven, simply because God loves us and we loved our pets. It is called Heaven for a reason, right? I know, I can be a little too deep in my theological answers so I thought I had better add the above answer.

Monday, September 14, 2009

“there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is death” (Prov 16:25)

Pastor D.L. Foster has posted and excellent commentary on Tonex. I would only add, Tonex is representative of the spirit of the anti-Christ, the spirit of our age.

Read A sad day for Tonex.

This particular quote from Pastor Foster is nothing short of a blaring Truth which men cannot hide from! "A man’s seed in another man is death, but a man’s seed in a woman (even if it is sin) carries the possibility of life. Attempting to equalize the two is the highest offense to the nature of God who is and gives life."

Pastor Foster addresses with Scriptural profoundness the following:

(1) Tonex says he was molested, but doesn't affix the molestation to his homosexuality.

(2) Tonex says he believe[s] that “God doesn’t honor promiscuity in either hetero or homosexual lifestyles – same gender loving.”

(3) Tonex thinks “safe sex” and so-called gay monogamy are more important than obedience to the will of God.

(4) Finally, Tonex is a false pastor.

"If Tonex were a pastor from God, he would speak against those things done in the dark and against those who think they are hidden from God’s sight."

Amen!

Friday, September 11, 2009

"Where was God on September 11?"

Provided by gotquestions.org

Question: "Where was God on September 11?"Answer: On September 11, 2001, God was exactly where He always is – in Heaven in total control of everything that happens in the universe. Why, then, would a good and loving God allow such a tragedy to happen? This is a more difficult question to answer. First, we must remember, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). It is impossible for finite human beings to understand the ways of an infinite God (Romans 11:33-35). Second, we must realize that God is not responsible for the wicked acts of evil men. The Bible tells us that humanity is desperately wicked and sinful (Romans 3:10-18, 23). God allows human beings to commit sin for His own reasons and to fulfill His own purposes. Sometimes we think we understand why God is doing something, only to find out later that it was for a different purpose than we originally thought.

God looks at things from an eternal perspective. We look at things from an earthly perspective. Why did God put man on earth, knowing that Adam and Eve would sin and therefore bring evil, death, and suffering on all mankind? Why didn’t He just create us all and leave us in Heaven where we would be perfect and without suffering? It must be remembered that the purpose for all creation and all creatures is to glorify God. God is glorified when His nature and attributes are on display. If there were no sin, God would have no opportunity to display His justice and wrath as He punishes sin. Nor would He have the opportunity to show His grace, His mercy, and His love to undeserving creatures. The ultimate display of God’s grace was at the Cross where Jesus died for our sins. Here was unselfishness and obedience displayed in His Son who knew no sin but was “made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This was all to the “praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:14).

When thinking of September 11, we tend to forget the thousands of miracles that occurred on that day. Hundreds of people were able to flee the buildings just in the nick of time. A small handful of firemen and one civilian survived in a tiny space in a stairwell as the one of the towers collapsed around them. The passengers on Flight 93 defeating the terrorists was a miracle in and of itself. Yes, September 11 was a terrible day. Sin reared its ugly head and caused great devastation. However, God is still in control. His sovereignty is never to be doubted. Could God have prevented what happened on September 11? Of course He could, but He chose to allow the events to unfold exactly as they did. He prevented that day from being as bad as it could have been. Since September 11, how many lives have been changed for the better? How many people have placed their faith in Christ for salvation as a result of what happened? The words of Romans 8:28 should always be in our minds when we think of 9-11, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, and are called according to His purpose.”

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Keeping Lowell and Carolyn Groff in our prayers.

Read their story about the death of their son, Russell, here. The so called gay christian movement is one coin with identical sides; to put it quite simply - it's utter evil disguised as light. Thank God His children see it for what it is, an utter lie!

Archive for September, 2008
Gay blogs, and lies posted about Russell, and his parents, part one
Posted by: Carolyn on Sunday, 28th Sep, 2008
Evil, cruel, but more so, we believe, illegal……..
Posted by: Carolyn on Saturday, 13th Sep, 2008
The sparkle left Russell’s eyes…..
Posted by: Carolyn on Saturday, 13th Sep, 2008
A Day on the river with Dad…….
Posted by: Carolyn on Thursday, 11th Sep, 2008
Where the roses never fade………….
Posted by: Carolyn on Tuesday, 2nd Sep, 2008

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Go share your faith

I have been blessed with coming across an outstanding Christian blog / web site - Go Share Your Faith.


The author Bob, has been a great blessing to me personally over the last year, even though we started off on the wrong foot. In other words, I was right and he was wrong. That is such a familiar theme in my life, why is that ya think? [dripping sarcasm and no response necessary].

That said - thanks brother! You truly are obedient to God's great command; sharing the good news of Christ Jesus, with no apologies necessary!

Warning: Arminians beware, he knows his stuff...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Are you zealous for good works?

Source - Here to Titus, Paul makes the equally demanding point that it is not enough to merely declare that truth that Christ is a Savior who has done great things; we must be a people for whom great things He has done. A people for whom great things have been done will not be an unchanged people. And in the same way that our sinners' nature has caused us to sin, our savior's redemption and purification will cause us to love what is good, and do it.

And you, dear pastor reader, must preach this. You must teach this. And you must live this. Your people will not be perfect, but they are purified. Teach them to live because that is true.

How can we love what is good, if we still speak of a faith that does not exist, essentially living UNCHANGED lives? Think about it, pray about it, and please count the costs, ok?