Do Pets Have Souls?

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30 Responses

  1. Patrick Kyle says:

    Obviously they do. Why would the Lord hold accountable animals that kill humans if they did not have some kind of soul? ( Yes, it is in Genesis).

  2. Michael says:

    Good point, Patrick!

  3. Jerod says:

    Best opening sentence in a long time

  4. Jerod says:

    Still Lol’ing in Starbucks

  5. Owen says:

    Michael, maybe I’m just being judgmental, but whoever went off on you like that needs to get a life.
    “Resurrected to judgment” Really?? The eternal destination of animals is not something worth dividing over. Personally, I think God is quite happy with all the love, care, and sacrifice you’ve given to his creatures.
    And I think that will be one of the “well done”s you receive when you get home.
    I haven’t decided which way I believe on their eternal destination, and I haven’t had a lot of luck with pets. But I have known many whose only children are their pets, and I don’t disbelieve them.
    You have my sincere condolences for your loss.

    (Also curious what those two words were, I get the distinct impression they were unprintable here… ?)

  6. Michael says:


    One of the words is printable.
    Thank you for the kind words…there is much we are unsure of theologically.
    Some things we just trust are true.
    This is one of those things for me.
    Some folks love doctrine more than the One who wrote it…

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    2 Samuel 12:1-6

    The lamb was loved and showed love.
    The lamb was like family.
    The death of the lamb was seen as consequential because of the relationship.

    The real question is not whether Chester had a soul… he did; it is whether or not the person who wrote you such a missive has a soul… I have my doubts.

  8. Michael says:


    My thoughts as well…
    However, this person has missed so much joy that I hope God has mercy on his parched soul…

  9. Em says:

    I don’t honestly know if animals have immortal souls… what i do know is that there is, in most if them, a processing mind – we had a German Shepherd with a sense of humor and my daughters two horses came to her rescue, driving off a rogue horse that was trying to kill her….
    And we know our Lord is presented as returning on a white horse (it is not all allegorical IMHO) … Maybe He is a horse person? ?
    I suspect that the new heavens and earth will be the habitat of all the good animals we’ve ever known

    Does the chastising person who is quoted up there have omniscience? Probably not…

  10. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    The line of the year:

    “Some folks love doctrine more than the One who wrote it…”

    May I add, some people know doctrine more than the One who wrote it.” I believe one will find that in Alan Redpath’s intro. To one of his “Victorious” books. Heck of a statement for him to make that late in his walk.

  11. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks for this! Awesome. And you know where I stand on this hill! Of course we don’t have a definitive answer in Scripture, but animals in heaven are alluded to a few times. I still wonder about roaches and mosquitos, but there is a mystery involved in the afterlife. I was once an “animals don’t go to heaven because they don’t have a soul” person. My thinking now is that God is the giver of life and He don’t waste it. Hey, it’s ok to have your faith in flux.

  12. Michael says:

    Thanks and well said, Dan…

  13. Paige says:

    Long, long, LONG ago, I heard Dr Walter Martin, the Bible Answer Man said, in answer to a radio listener’s question about this subject. He said something to the effect that, while the Bible isn’t clear on this subject, the Bible does state that at God’s right hand are pleasures ever more. And since God had made animals for the service and pleasure of man, then heaven’s pleasures would not be complete without our beloved animal friends…. or something like that. I heard his say this sort of thing almost 40 years ago and it stayed with me… particularly when one of my furry kids is ill or dying.

  14. Grace says:

    Jesus comes back on a horse. The 4 Horsemen…horses. If there are horses there are dogs…they have loved and endured us beyond recorded time. Cats always gotta know what the other guys are doing. If it is really cool, he will claim it as his own and send the others packing. One animal is connected to another. Something in us is powerfully connected to our own animals. Love. Can you love without a soul…?

  15. Liinnea says:

    Michael…a good word. Paige- I remember that same answer from Dr. Walter Martin. There is no doubt in my mind that animals will be with us in heaven.

    You know, the Word says that God created man to be a little lower than the angels, and yet the angels marvel at man’s place in the creation. Who’s to say animals aren’t in that order? They are certainly our helpers and friends…like God orders the angels to be for mankind.

  16. Cash says:

    What a cruel and unloving message for someone to send you. I just can’t believe people who purport to follow the King of love would think it’s ok to be so rude. Michael, your love for your animals is commendable, not worthy of judgement. I for one am happy you used the two words.

  17. CM says:

    Here is another thought…

    All of creation is tainted and corrupted by the fail. In the new heavans and earth, this taint is removed. Everything in this universe will then have all characteristics, attributes, etc. as God intended from the beginning.

    So in this case, Chester will be the cat God intended him to be and that will be for God’s Glory.

  18. Em says:

    The thing that gives me pause regarding the new earth… I just can’t visualize a lion eating grass? ? Maybe avocados, sweet potatoes and bananas?

  19. Owen says:

    Cm, I think that’s a great thought.

    So now, we need Michael to weigh in on this. Any thoughts on “the cat God intended him to be”?

  20. Owen says:

    Em, that makes a person wonder – would the new creation change a carnivore?

  21. Jean says:

    It’s so nice to see Owen here again. After his absence for so long, it’s almost as though someone raised him from the dead. Hi Owen!

  22. Owen says:

    Thank you, Jean. Our family has been through a lot of struggles and changes this year, so my time online has been curtailed. I have more time now, as I’m off work waiting for more heart repair.

  23. Michael says:


    I think Chester was the cat God intended him to be…except for the illness that eventually took his life.
    There is a notion that in our redeemed bodies in the new heaven and new earth that our personalities will disappear and we’ll be holy drones.
    (I’m not imputing that to CM.)
    I don’t think so…I think Chester and I will both be healed and whole…and still fit mainly for each others company because we’re obnoxious…… 🙂

  24. Michael says:


    What kind of repair?

  25. Owen says:

    Ah, but is obnoxious permitted in heaven? ?

    I’ll have to back up a little. 5 years ago, I had a large aortic aneurysm repaired, and a bicuspid aortic valve replaced with a mechanical.

    Since then, the electrical signals coming from the sinus node have become progressively more sporadic, causing atrial fibrillation, SVT, and various other weird rhythms.
    In a couple more weeks, they’re doing an ablation, and they’re confident this will solve it.

  26. Michael says:


    Praying it all goes without a hitch…

  27. CM says:

    I don’t think we will be holy drones either.

    Our personalities, characteristics, etc. will no longer be affected by the fall (whatever those effects may be).

    Since the entire universe and everything in it was affected by the fall, we do not have any point of reference on _exactly_ how things will change when they are restored. Maybe avocados in the new heavens and earth will not have that texture Michael and I find so unappealing…

    Remember all of creation is groaning for this restoration.

  28. Owen says:

    Thanks, Michael. How are you doing?

    CM, I hear you about the reference point, although I think some things can be assumed.
    I shall reserve the right, however, to still dislike avocados…… ?

  29. Cathy Andrews says:

    just read this article and all I can say is…well done Michael!! Your beloved cats and mine have/had souls…they loved us and we loved them. Having a soul means that you can be touched by things of God and you can share those things of God. Sharing includes loving our furbabies and if that gentleman doesn’t believe that, then he has obviously never been loved nor given love to a furry pet. His loss.

  30. Candance McGee says:

    I’m confident animals do, in fact, go to Heaven. The author of that awful letter, however? I’m not so sure he’ll be there. There is no evidence of a relationship with God in that missive.
    I have stumbled upon a number of verses in the Bible that indicate animals are abiding in Heaven. Apparently the letter writer missed those…as well as a whole lot of other messages regarding salvation, love, forgiveness, etc.

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