Do dogs have a soul and go to heaven?

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Copyright 2016 by Bob Rogers

Question from Anna:
I hope I can get your opinion on this: do dogs have a soul and do they go to heaven?

Answer from Dr. Rogers:
Anna, Genesis 1:27 says that humans are made in God’s image, and Genesis 2:7 says that when God made Adam, the man became a living soul. However, nowhere does the Bible say that animals have souls.
Several passages in scripture imply that animals will be in heaven, such as Isaiah 11:6 which describes a future paradise of the wolf and lamb, leopard and goat, calf and lion living together in peace. Revelation 21:1 says there will be a new heaven and new earth in the last days, so I believe God will have animals in heaven for the enjoyment of mankind. However, animals are not made in the image of God nor do they have souls like human beings, for only human beings can have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.

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About Bob Rogers

Hospital chaplain in Mississippi. Formerly a pastor for 33 years in Mississippi and Georgia. Historian and avid cyclist.

Posted on November 17, 2016, in Bible teaching and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. All my Animals , Horses, Cats , and Donkeys . and of course Dogs and every bird has a soul, in fact i think Animals are going to be first allowed into his Heaven, thank God for all creatures,. watch and read the life of St Francis of Assisi.

    • Chris, as I said in my post, I think it is likely that God will have animals in heaven, but I do not believe they have a soul like mankind. Only humans can relate to God on a spiritual level; only humans have souls.

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