It started off with a simple Internet search: “Are there dogs in Heaven?”
It was more a hunt for comfort than a search for truth.
Bargaining and denial are part of the grieving process.
It’s an amazing voyage through various opinions, stupidities, closed minds and plain ignorance.
There is no real answer.
Actually, the answer depends on whether you have faith or not.
One has to believe there is a heaven to have that argument of whether animals will go there.
The one has to decide whether an animal, like your favorite dog or cat, has a soul and whether the Bible ever mentioned anything about Jesus or God saving them.
There are those who say animals do go to heaven based of their being without sin.
Others quote numerous passages from the Bible that they say point out there are no animals in heaven.
And then there are those who seem to find some comfort is believing they and their favorite animal will meet someday across The Rainbow Bridge.
Whatever that is supposed to be.
It’s all enough to make a thinking person to want to move on to some other discussion more rational, like time travel.
I’m not picking on those who believe in Heaven and Hell.
They have something to give them comfort.
Nor do I dismiss the people who don’t believe.
They have found what they consider to be good, rational reasons for their position.
I do have problems with the people who, with great kindness and the best intentions, promise me I will see my best friend again across the Rainbow Bridge.
It’s hard not to be cynical when you’re hurting and this mythical, undefined, impossible to envision destination is handed out like a salve to make things better.
I can’t help but compare it to leprechaun’s and pots of gold at the end of some rainbow.
Something we learned was baloney about the time our belief in the tooth fairy and the Easter Bunny crumbled as we paid more attention to the world around us.
For those of us on Earth, death is final, whether man or animal.
Whether any or all move to something else is something mere mortals will never know.
It comes down to faith, not in religion but in whatever you believe.