The animal kingdom does not have moral accountability to God in regard to sin and consequent separation from God. All animals suffer to some degree while on Earth due to the curse that came upon this planet and it’s inhabitants when humans chose to rebel against God’s commandments. As I understand the Bible, animals are given a “free pass” so to speak, when their time on Earth is finished and their spirit leaves their body.
The animals automatically return to their Creator when they die, while humans are given the responsibility of choosing their eternal destination. The Bible is very clear about humans having a choice to make in regard to eternal destination.
God has provided the way for humans to be reconciled to Himself through His Son Jesus.
John 3:16 and 17 (amplified version) tells us:
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He (even) gave up His only-begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish-come to destruction, be lost-but have eternal (everlasting) life. For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge-to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on- the world; but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.
Jesus declared that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life; and that no person comes to the Father except by way of Jesus (John 14:6)
And Jesus also said in John 11:25,26 (living version):
“ I am the one who raises the dead and gives them life again. Anyone who believes in me, even though he dies like anyone else, shall live again. He is given eternal life for believing in me and shall never perish. Do you believe this?”
Jesus also said:
“I assure you, I most solemnly tell you, he who believes in me-who adheres to, trusts in, relies on and has faith in Me-has (now possesses) eternal life.” (John 8:51 amplified version)
Jesus also stated that those who believe in Him are His sheep, and in John 10:27-30 Jesus said that He gives His sheep eternal life, and “ they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages-to all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed. And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand...I and the Father are one.”
In John 14:1-3 (living version) there is another awesome promise of Heaven being the eternal destination of those who believe in Jesus, as Jesus said:
“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. If this weren’t so, I would tell you plainly.”
Jesus had much to say about Heaven and eternity. I would encourage you to read the whole book of John sometime!
We do have to exercise faith in God and the promises given to us in the Bible. Hebrews 11:1 and 6 (living version) tells us:
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead. You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely look for him.
And finally, in Romans 10:9,10( living version) the roadmap to Heaven is summed up:
For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.
I hope this gives you pause to think on your eternal destination, and my prayer is that you make the correct choice to ensure that Heaven is your destiny.