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 note to TruthBook; you are not alone in your reluctance
to accept the fact that our pets won't go to heaven with us...
But I have to ask: unfair, inhumane, and cruel to whom? 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. But when we leave here
we also leave our baggage behind. Over my life I have had more than 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 and novel animal associations take the place of the old ones
once we leave here. Those pets who you've known and loved on earth are
absorbed into the Oversoul of creation and their lovable qualities will be
recycled for the enjoyment and benefit of many other humans.
Thanks again for writing with your heartfelt question. I hope my answer
has given you some small measure of comfort.