How Do Animals Fit Into God’s Plan?

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Animals Fit Into God’s Plan Ultimately Delivering Them To Heaven

It is clear that animals fit into God’s plan somewhere as they have been a huge part of God’s plan from the beginning of time. Before Jesus, animals were used to redeem us from sin for short periods of time. God allowed this form of sacrifice to cover sins, but in God’s perfect garden, there was originally no need for this until man chose to sin. God is holy and there had to be some way for the people to cleanse themselves before God. That is, before Jesus came along to willingly take on the sins of the world once and for all, which provided the new way of being credited with righteousness.How Do Animals Fit Into God's Plan?

Before the “fall” with Adam and Eve, animals and humans co-habitated peacefully. There wasn’t any need for any form of redemption of sins as there wasn’t any sin. We all know this was short lived, however, but it gives us a glimpse into what paradise might look like. Before Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, animals were used to temporarily redeem us from sin. But why animals? Maybe because they were without sin?

Sin is an issue of moral conscience and only humans have this. If you don’t know something is a “sin,” then technically you haven’t “made the decision” to sin. Wild animals might do things we might consider mean, which interestingly only started after the “fall,” but they don’t actually sin.

Domesticated animals might misbehave, even willfully at times. They might know their master or owner wants them to obey a certain way and they choose not to. This is not sin though as they don’t have this moral conscience. The Bible tells us through old testament laws, as well as the 10 commandments, what was considered sin. If we, as humans, disobey those laws knowing they are considered a sin, then we have sinned. The purpose of the commandments and all those regulations were to basically enlighten us to what sin was, that we all fall short of the glory of God, and of course ultimately, to point us to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who was to come and now is.

So, if animals are considered sinless, wouldn’t they go to heaven just on that point? That is, if you used the human redemption model. That model though is really irrelevant to the animal question. We do not have anything to indicate that it is the model God uses for this part of His creation. It simply doesn’t relate. Irregardless, I have heard some people say that because they are “sinless,” animals will be in heaven. Yet there are others who argue and say no, that animals don’t have souls, so they can’t go to heaven. (If you want to read more on that, you might check out the book, Until Heaven Then My Friend). There are many others who say the Bible’s goal was to lay out the plan for human redemption, not animals, so there is no way to know what God’s plan is for animals. All are reasonable opinions.

Indeed the Bible is to lay out God’s plan for human redemption. He made man in His likeness, that is, to have a moral conscience and free will, you might say. God went to a lot of planning to encourage a willing, reciprocal fellowship with Him and the humans He created. A plan that gives His human creation every opportunity to decide if we want to accept His gift of salvation and be part of God’s family forever or not. He could have made us robots that worshiped Him, but instead He gave us a choice. He didn’t want brainwashed robots, but a relationship with each of us. Sadly, many don’t truly comprehend the magnitude of that or for whatever reason, have chosen not to believe or accept it.

Exactly where animals fit into God’s plan is a bit unclear, but we have established their importance from the beginning and really throughout time. There are actually many scriptures that tell us that there will be animals in heaven. I found out this out when reading the Bible with the focus of learning more about how animals fit into God’s plan, specifically our treasured pets that have made the journey before us. You can get an immediate pdf copy of that book or order hard copy from Amazon, if you’d like to read more about what I discovered as it relates to this question about how animals fit into God’s plan.


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