I think the last thing Stephen Hawking would want is to go to a heaven where he's still confined to a wheelchair. It's a nice thought though, considering he doesn't believe in heaven.
I would hate to sound as though I'm on the verge of heresy, but a heaven where my beloved departed cats aren't present is not a place that will fulfill my needs at all. Sam the Wonder Cat is waiting for his beloved Mommy!
TNJ & Gayle, I read some Theologians writings who believe we have "perfect " bodies in Heaven, so NO wheelchairs. Also our pets are in Heaven waiting for us.
There will almost certainly be no Lou Gehrig's Disease in heaven; if he makes it there, Hawking's glorified body will definitely not need a wheelchair. There will most likely be animals in heaven, but as animals do not posses immortal souls they will not be the "same" pets etc you knew in this world. Sorry, but on the other hand once you are there I promise you won't be disappointed.
Having our pets with us in heaven reminds me of the old story of the pastor and little Bobby, who was very attached to his bicycle. Bobby asked, "Will I be able to have a bicycle in heaven?" The pastor responded, "If you need to have a bicycle to be happy in heaven, you'll have a bicycle."
Obviously it's a joke people... I doubt it's meant to be theologically correct.Sorry to disappont some, but animals have no rational soul, so the death of their body is their end.
It would not be PC but it would be funnier if this was said by Satan standing before the Gates of Hell
The primary joy of heaven is the beatific vision of God. If this leaves us unsatisified so that we need a cat or a bicycle to be happy, then our love for God is weak and our attachment to this world dangerously strong.
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