On The Fate of Humans and Animals

We have finished the Knowing Series and I am now picking up on some things I have not posted for awhile.

I have covered elsewhere that the living soul connects us with the animals and that what makes us different is the Image of God in us. This has caused some personal conversation in my life with people that disagree. My point is very clear and Bible based in the nature of Genesis, but there is always difference in interpretation, and that is fine.

With that said, there is another verse to look at.

“I also thought about the human condition—how God proves to people that they are like animals. For people and animals share the same fate—both breathe and both must die. So people have no real advantage over the animals. How meaningless! Both go to the same place—they came from dust and they return to dust. ” – Ecclesiastes 3:18-20

Although we are called to a greater form of servant work as the Image of God, we still have a connection. The dust in us is the dust of all of creation. We share something with the animals. To all who disagree with my exact interpretation, this you have to agree with, that being part of creation does make us connected to the rest of creation somehow. It is undeniable. My point in saying that is that if we are connected in our eventual, physical demise, then can we not be connected in our vindication and resurrection (remember that I believe in a completely physical resurrection.)

This is a musing and an entry into my beliefs into the fact that animals will be resurrected when heaven comes to earth. I encourage you to go to the post I linked to earlier.

Do you think that animals will be in heaven? Why or why not? What is keeping you from saying yes or no?