No dogs go to heaven

The first movie I ever saw on a cinema screen was All Dogs Go To Heaven. It was in the little cinema in Grafton, 40 minutes from our home town in Maclean. It’s a Disney cartoon with really bad theology. There’s no Biblical reason to expect your pet to be in heaven with you (except perhaps for the Biblical illustration of lions lying down with lambs… but I’d say that’s more an allusion…).

Even the atheists know this. In fact. In the same vein as the service that sends post cards to your unsaved loved ones post rapture comes a new service offering to care for your pets.

We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each
Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you’ve received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.

For those who doubted – this is proof that atheists can be moral people after all.

Which is sweet. We’ll have two very appreciative turtles – which is lucky – because apparently turtles are impervious to fire.


Gordon Cheng says:

hey Nathan what about Revelation 4? Assuming the 4 living creatures represent the animal kingdom.

Also, as the late Bruce Smith used to say to those who asked about their pet in heaven, “If you have need of him, he will be there.”

Nathan says:

I should possibly clarify that my comments related more to our dearly departed pets than to the idea of non human life…

I really haven’t thought about this much more than the “do animals have souls” question.

To be honest, I really just wanted an opener that went with the title and the story…