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Old 04-04-2012, 10:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I am a christian (catholic) and I believe that "God is love" and God is eternal, so that means love is eternal. It is not just a feeling but a life giving essence and it is my belief that every creature that loves and loves back ( according to it's capacity) and shares part of God's life and will be in heaven, where we will all know and be known.

Not trying to push my beliefs on anyone. I had one of my GSD's appear to me , just one time only, but it was enough to convince me of this is really true; realer than real
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I believe that if there aren't animals there, especially our beloved pets, then it cannot possibly be heaven.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I too am Catholic and we have St Francis who is the patron saint of animals. Maybe you've heard of or seen a blessing of animals on the feast day of St Francis where people bring any and all pets to be blessed. The care of, and kindness to animals is a saintly calling...something Debbieg so eloquently expressed
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:38 PM   #14 (permalink)
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As a Catholic we are taught that animals don't have souls and therefore can not go to heaven. We are also taught that Jesus will be sure to give us everything we need in heaven. I guess I'll have to wait and see when the time comes if I will still feel a need for my pets after death. I can't imagine life without pets and hopefully death is a long way off.
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In my path, we believe in reanimation/reincarnation. Basically, when a person dies, they go to the Otherworld, where they can stay, or eventually be reborn down the family line, as a close family friend, or rarely an animal.

People/animal souls aren't really the same, and I haven't ever found anything saying anything specific about animals, BUT, that also leaves it open for the same thing to apply to our animals. So it could make logical sense to determine that when my pet dies, they "cross the bridge" to the Otherworld and wait for me. (if they so choose to).
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:40 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I am agnostic. I don't know what happens when we die. I do know that whatever awaits, I do NOT want to spend it without my pets. I also want to see my pets from my childhood. So I can honestly say I care more and hope more for the existence of a "Rainbow Bridge" type place than for the Judeo-Christian version of Heaven.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I believe that if there aren't animals there, especially our beloved pets, then it cannot possibly be heaven.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:00 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Obviously none of us knows what awaits us on the other side of death. I think all religions and paths carry a nugget of truth, but none is 100% correct. I truly believe the afterlife isn't really something we can fully imagine or grasp in this life. That said, I don't believe that humans and animals are as different as we often like to believe. I think the dividing line between "human" and "animals" is mostly in our mind." I don't think the Creator has separate afterlife plans for the different species. Wherever we go, I bet we'll be there together.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Rev. 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. Is. 11: 6-8 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, and the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.

The Lord has promised Heaven to be more than we can imagine. I trust that every one of the animals that the Lord and trusted in my care will be there with me. I will also be surrounded by animals that never knew love. That is the wonder of Heaven.
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Sigh...I really need to join an Islamic forum I love everyones answers though. Very enriching. Especially the ones with verses or stories.
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