Will any dogs make it to Heaven? A lesson on context!

Some say all dogs go to Heaven. Some say none. More than likely you’re one of the two.

It’s easy to understand why people ask the question, “Do dogs go to Heaven?” A lot of people love their dogs! But then again there is such a thing as cynophobia. And furthermore, there are some individuals who despise any purebred or combination of K9’s that you can imagine.

I suppose people tend to ask the question under consideration because they project human characteristics onto their dog. This is easy to understand since some dogs are sweet and compassionate to their owners – I mean, they wouldn’t even hurt a flea … but some dogs are vicious to the core, capable of taking the life of a human-being or another animal without any sign of remorse.

With all that being said, let’s come to a conclusion on this question of dogs and Heaven by looking at what the Bible says about the matter.

Considering the fact that the word “dog” gets used at least nine times in the New Testament, and every time the word is used it’s in a negative way (with the exception of a possible allusion to puppies being able to make it into God’s good graces (Matthew 15:22-28)), I believe Revelation 22:14-15 plainly settles the issue:

Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

Well there you go. Read the scriptures again if you have any doubt. Just look at the company that a dog keeps! There’s no way dogs will dwell in the place that God’s eternal people call home.

But pump the brakes before you go telling everyone that I’ve said your point of view is right or wrong, and that it’s been proven with the scriptures of God’s word.

When it comes to the context of Revelation 22:14-15, the word dog has nothing to do with “man’s best friend” – it’s a metaphorical description that has to do with a literal mindset and lifestyle that opposes the renouncement of sin, the bounds of holy righteousness, and the reverence due toward God.

That’s why the context of Revelation 22:14-15, in relation to the question of a dog’s spiritual destination, shows the importance of keeping things in their context in order to avoid making a pretext that twists God’s text in relation to a “spiritual” question that we may wonder about.

Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.” (Matthew 7:6)

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