I have this idea that not only will animals be in Heaven, but they’ll be able to talk. Don’t take this as sound doctrine or theology. I wouldn’t teach this to my Sunday School kids or anything, but I find it intriguing, and that’s what blogs are for, right? Writing down fun ideas.
Here’s why. I think when the Earth was cursed at the fall, all creatures suffered the loss of greater physical and mental abilities that they enjoyed before the fall. If mankind had communication with and access to God, is it really so far fetched to believe that maybe animals had communication with and access to mankind?
On top of that, Eve did not seem the least bit surprised when a Serpent spoke to her in the garden. The Genesis account is pretty straight forward. I would imagine that the story would have said something about Eve having responded in surprise or bewilderment. But it doesn’t. She simply responds to the Serpent as if talking to a snake in the garden were the most natural thing in the world.
God gave Balaam’s donkey the temporary ability to talk. I wonder why.
I would certainly not make this rather obscure idea central to my theology or anything, but it is interesting to think of it as a possibility. And, dare I say it, I believe C.S Lewis would have agreed.