My father forwarded this to me, and I laughed too hard not to post it here. Plus, it’s an easy weblog entry. Here we go:
This is literally a ‘church signs’ debate, being played out in a Southern US town, between Our Lady of Martyrs Catholic Church, and Cumberland Presbyterian, a fundamentalist church. You get the impression that the Presbyterians are actually taking this seriously and are getting a bit upset.
I’m hardly impartial, but I think the Catholics won this great theological debate.
So all kidding aside, because I know someone will bring it up in the comments box, do animals go to Heaven?
We know there are animals in Heaven because we see horses in Heaven in Revelation. “Read the Bible” indeed — I happen to have one of those around here.
My thought? God made all these creatures because God loves them. And God made us to love them too. Adam and Eve were supposed to tend the garden, and we know there were animals in the garden. When we’re restored to our New Heaven and our New Earth, I can’t imagine God’s going to say, “Well, sorry, but those animals I loved so much? And the ones I designed you to love too? Tough cookies.”
Maybe it’ll be an opt-in thing, where God gives us back the animals we ask for. Except some wiseacre out there will probably say, “I want them all!” (Er, now that I wrote that, it’ll definitely happen, sorry.)
As for them not having souls, the New Earth is shown in Revelation as a physical place, so they won’t need souls regardless; they can just live in their bodies if they happen not to have souls. But seriously, is the other church really advocating that God can’t re-create an animal just because it has no soul?
I don’t believe animals will behold the Beatific Vision, looking at God face-to-face. But I do believe they’ll enjoy a natural happiness in the eternal Kingdom of God. So there. 🙂
A late edit: Snopes says this didn’t happen. I don’t care that it’s fiction, only that it’s funny.