Friday, 25 January 2008

All dogs go to heaven, says man who wrote book

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For reasons that may later become apparent, we've recently been trawling the web for bizarre, tenuous and downright silly religious products. With this in mind, may I introduce you to Cold Noses at the Pearly Gates, a book explaining that all dogs do in fact go to heaven.

The book's author, Gary Kurz, quite rightly picks up on the fact that no one likes to lose a pet and then goes on to show, quite falsely, how "we can replace the grief with joyful anticipation and hope, if we understand that there is a plan for them."

A radio interview on the website tells us that Gary was disappointed when even his local pastor's wife denied that there is such a thing as "doggy heaven", so he decided to research the matter himself. He even went to the Library of Congress and, amazingly, found "there was nothing substantial written on this subject".

So, thankfully, Gary took matters into his own hands, did "about six months research" and can now "say, without any doubt, there is a pet afterlife". Seeking clarification, the radio interviewer asks "So when the hamsters pass away, we will see them again?". Gary is happy to assure us we will, "unless they're scurrying around with their new friends".

He's since released a sequel, Cold Noses II: Examining More Evidence, and together these books will, among other things, "prove that animals do indeed have souls".

Who are we to doubt him?

8 comments:

David Bradley said...

I am pretty sure we were told in obligatory school religious education classes that the Bible specifically states that animals have no soul and so will not go to Heaven...

Does the author of that site imagine that we will all join our dogs in heaven some day? What about strays? What about wolves, hyenas, and jackals? Will they be there too? What about my cat? What about the billions upon billions of other mammals that have lived and died throughout history, what about amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, protozoa, diatoms, bacteria, viruses even, prions, perhaps? Will they all be there too? Not to mention the living products of the last 3.5billion years of life on earth and any aliens that happened to have existed in a universe that is even more ancient! Hey, did the dinosaurs go to heaven? What a thought...

db

The Hogfather said...

Well heaven should be full of bacteria of you think about it!

Not only are they the commonest form of live on Earth, but also almost certainly in the Universe as a whole.

Beauzeaux said...

Of course dogs go to heaven. Cats too. Unfortunately, humans don't because there is no heaven.

How I wish I could have it both ways.

greg said...

you guys are entitled to your opinions but it does state in the bible and other religious teaching that animals have no soul. And david is right, if that were true than other creatures, animals, bacteria, molecules etc must go to heaven. but david, viruses are considered not "alive".

Anonymous said...

i beleive if u show me a scripture in the bible that says that animals or dogs go to heaven, then they shall be in heaven, until then only God and his angels know.

Anonymous said...

The messages of the Bible were not meant for animals, they were meant for Man...because animals are already pure and do not require messages of salvation for their souls.
Thousands of people have misinterpreted the Bible over the question of animals having or not having souls; it is all in the wording and the translation.

Why be concerned about the billions of animals that have lived and died already? Heaven is infinite in size, so there's room for a finite number! Consciousness comes in degrees of self-awareness, from human right down to the basic instincts of woodlice and lower; yet they are all life-forms and all carry a divine spark of life within them. Why should animals NOT be granted a life beyond the physical?

The sheer arrogance of modern humans, to think that they are the only ones with any importance on the cosmic and spiritual scale. We are but a small part of the whole creation. It is fashionable today to be a cynic and believe in nothing, because it is easier to pooh-pooh beliefs rather than spend time researching them.

Ron said...

I absolutely agree to the author of the remark from June 2008.

Lots of humans are just too arrogant to see that animals are the better forms of living. By the way who distinguishes between human and animals anyway? That's only done by humans as they want to put everything into categories. An animal like a dog would not make a difference. They like you because you are friendly or they don't as you are not. A good philosophy for living together on this planet anyway by the way.

And to those who wrote what they were told by the catholic church: I was raised the same way but never doubted animals have souls and whenever you could spend time with an animal you would know. So you should rather make a difference between humans who believe in the catholic church and those being a good christ. Don't hide behind the church.

In the old church even women did not have a soul - looking forward how you would argue on that nowadays and Franciscus de Assisi even gave up his luxury life to take care of animals.

We should rather take better care of animals if we want to be the leading living form on this planet.

I hope Pythagoras was right when saying that all cruelty to animals done by humans will come back at them. At least for the selfish ones a motivation for treading animals in a good way.

Ron said...

I absolutely agree to the author of the remark from June 2008.

Lots of humans are just too arrogant to see that animals are the better forms of living. By the way who distinguishes between human and animals anyway? That's only done by humans as they want to put everything into categories. An animal like a dog would not make a difference. They like you because you are friendly or they don't as you are not. A good philosophy for living together on this planet anyway by the way.

And to those who wrote what they were told by the catholic church: I was raised the same way but never doubted animals have souls and whenever you could spend time with an animal you would know. So you should rather make a difference between humans who believe in the catholic church and those being a good christ. Don't hide behind the church.

In the old church even women did not have a soul - looking forward how you would argue on that nowadays and Franciscus de Assisi even gave up his luxury life to take care of animals.

We should rather take better care of animals if we want to be the leading living form on this planet.

I hope Pythagoras was right when saying that all cruelty to animals done by humans will come back at them. At least for the selfish ones a motivation for treading animals in a good way.