You asked: Why does "God" ordain that our pets
cannot join us in the journey to Paradise? This
reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode, where
the old man and dog were offered a choice to
enter "paradise", but the gatekeeper stipulated
that the dog stay behind. The gatekeeper turned
out to to work for Satan and that his gate led to
Hell. I couldn't accept this journey if my pets
couldn't come along the way. This is simply
unfair, inhumane, and cruel.
Thanks for this question about The Urantia
Book and our beloved pets. You are not alone in
your feelings about the fact that our pets do not
share an eternal existence with us, according to
the teachings of The Urantia Book. You call it
unfair, inhumane, and cruel - but unfair,
inhumane, and cruel to who?
The lot of most animals on earth can be viewed
as cruel -- most of them are food for those
higher up the food chain. To animal lovers,
animals help us to become more human and humane
so we cherish them for their gifts and of course
want to have those associations once we leave
this world. And their mere presence in our lives
do help us become better people, in many cases -
those ideals are positive and eternal
acquirements that help form our immortal souls.
But when we leave here we also leave our
baggage behind. Over my life I have had about a
dozen dog and cat pets and been friends with many
others. So when I get to heaven do I have all of
them crowding around me for attention? Just like
the new dog can take a place in your heart after
the old dog has died, so too will new kinds of
animal associations take the place of the old
ones once we leave here. And - those qualities of
devotion, duty, care, and love that we cultivate
as a result of having pets go with us, even if
the pets themselves do not.
Thanks again for your question...