The beautiful thing about religion is that one can interpret it however they want to. Unless your religion teacher has visited the same heaven that you're envisioning- they certainly have no place to tell you who's there.
I personally think that if there is a heaven- even the meanest, most vicious dogs would have a key to the gates before most humans would. ;)
***Edited By: LongDogs4Me on 4/2/2005 5:53:14 PM*** Reason: 0=o)
I don't think God holds animals responsible for their actions the way He does humans. Sometimes that's the only way I get through the day, knowing that the evil won't go unpunished. I don't think any animal is capable of being evil, so He must hold a special place for them. He takes care of all His creation. I can tell you I learn a lot about what life should be all about from my dog. Humans make it too complicated.
I never let my last dog...a Bullmastiff, Cortez ride in the front seat of my truck while he was alive. As often happens to old dogs they pass away. He was cremated(individually) his last joke on me...darn that wasn't cheap, plus the urn... S#&@. Well, I have allowed his ashes to ride in the front seat to this day, even though he's now lovingly in the glove compartment, since the new puppy...accessory urn btw. Where am I going? Where Is He Going? Am I a Bad Episcopalian?
I am not a very religious person but the one thing I really do believe in is the Rainbow Bridge which is in effect heaven for animals. When I've lost a pet it is something that helps the pain and grieving.
I do not beleive that they have a soul that goes on to Heaven (or any other eternal place). I am not heartless, it is just my belief, and it does not bother me to think that there is no afterlife for animals.
I do not believe in heaven as a place up above and hell as a place down below. I believe heaven and hell is how people remember you. If you are remembered in a good way by the people you have left behind then I believe you are in heaven and on the other hand if the people left behind remember you in a bad way then you are in hell. I was raised with a strict catholic school education back in the 50's and have formed my own believes about such things as I reached adulthood. If you have fond memories of your dog then he is indeed in heaven.
religion in itself is a very touchy subject right along with politics because people feel soo strongly about their beliefs. i personally have not raised my children nor am i myself a "religious" person. i have raised my children to be faithful and to believe in a higher power. i feel we all need to believe that something somewhere is watching over us and that we are not just going through this life aimlessly. if you need to believe that your dog goes to heaven to wait for you then by all means you believe that. NOBODY knows for sure what heaven is like and who or what will be there to greet us. i would like to know though how do people say that dogs dont have a soul? how exactly do they know this piece of information?