Which god? God or god?
“Thou shalt have no other god before me.” (Exodus 20:3 KJV)
May 28, 2010
All dogs go to Heaven, don't they? Sounds like a strange question for my site, doesn't it? Well -
Today was a sad day -
If you read carefully, you noticed I said "friends". Almost 17 years ago, I met Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. The first time I saw them, they didn't actually have names -
Four weeks later, I was allowed to take them home. That's when they became Holmes & Moriarty.
Over the next 14+ years, many changes took place. I went through some of the darkest days of my life. Holmes & Moriarty were my reason for getting up in the morning -
But what does the Bible say?
After doing a search of an electronic version of the NIV -
So why didn't I just leave that part out? Well -
Maybe the more important thing is to look at some non-
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
That would include dogs -
So far -
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
So God created all the animals -
But still -
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
God's eternal power and divine nature can be clearly seen in what He has made. In that case, would these wonderful things he has made be left out of Heaven?
There's also another section in Romans, that the NIV calls "Future Glory" -
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Remember in the first part of this article -
As part of that -
I could go on about the bond between people and their dogs -
There is not agreement at all between different people -
Can I actually know the answer to my question with absolute certainty? No. As it says from the Romans excerpt above:
But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
And so I will wait -
We were talking today about how this is the difference between Christians, who have faith that we will be saved, raised from the dead, and spend eternity in Heaven with God -
From my favorite verse -
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
So now -
There's more to this story though. About two years ago, the vet suggested that we should get another dog -
Holmes has been slowing down the last few months -
Only God could write a script like that. Two brothers -
We miss Holmes and Moriarty -
That's the peace that we both feel. That's what gets us through this difficult time. And that's what I pray everyone could feel. The sadness will still happen -