Cats, Me, and God

Cats, Me, and God August 15, 2018

What do I, cats, and God have in common? It’s a lot more than I thought.

Under the Bus

Often in my messages, I throw myself under the bus. I’m not embarrassed to tell the church and others about all the mistakes I’ve made, and the many sins I’ve had to pay for, but transparency is important to me. It shows others that the bar is not sky high to be a Christian. It’s a matter of trusting in Christ. It is a free gift from God (Eph 2:8-9), but we are to confess our sins to God (1 John 1:9) so that we can be cleansed, but of course, we’ll sin again…and again, but hopefully, we’ll sin less over time. James tells the church to “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16). The first order of repenting of sin is confessing our sin, but we also confess it to others in order that we can “pray for one another” and “be healed” of whatever sickness, problem, or besetting sin we’re going through. That doesn’t mean we confess every single sin in our lives but those things we’re struggling with. Of course, there is extreme vetting to enter the kingdom, but it’s not what we’ve done by which we will enter…it is what He’s done that allows us to enter into the kingdom. Only then will we be saved to sin no more, and for me, not sinning anymore can’t happen fast enough.

In or Out?

Years ago I saw a comic strip of Peter at the gates of heaven, and there’s a cat, just sitting there. While Peters holding the gate open, he says, “Well?! In or out?” That’s the way many are in regards to Jesus Christ, and the way I was for many years, but later I read that you cannot be neutral about Jesus. You are either for Him or you are against Him, and those sitting on the fence end up with the same fate as those who openly reject Him. To hesitate and not trust in Christ is dangerous ground to be standing on, because if that person dies without Christ or Christ returns before they trust in Him, is it too late. That may be why those who see Christ at His return will mourn (Rev 1:7), so today, listen to His voice (2 Cor 6:2), because “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40).

Come to the Water

After a strong thunderstorm moved through our neighborhood, our “water cat” couldn’t wait to get outside. In fact, our “water cat” (her real name is Fluffy) is so named because of her obsession with fresh water. Frequently you’ll find her sitting in the rain while drinking from the gutter spout. She doesn’t care if she’s getting soaked. She cares more about drinking the fresh water than getting wet in the process. She loves fresh water so much that if you’re not careful, and you leave a glass of water sitting around, she’ll jump up and start drinking from it. She loves sitting under the water facet when it’s on and drinking in all the fresh water her tummy can take. For some reason, this experience reminded me of Isaiah the Prophet, who said to all, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isaiah55:1). Jesus said through the Apostle John, “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price” (Rev 22:17). In discussing this “living water,” Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water” (John 4:10). She did find it, but not at Jacob’s well or in a nearby stream. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38), and the Samaritan woman had found it. Then, she could not help but tell others about Him (John 4), so come to the water. It is without price, and yet so priceless that no man could buy.

Covered versus Removed

If you have indoor cats, you know that you have to keep an eye (or nose) on the litter box. It may look good on the topside, but underneath, it may be a whole different matter. That’s because cats only cover their excrement, and covering it doesn’t take them away. My nose reminds me of this, so I have to scoop them out and take them away myself. Only then is it safe to enter the litter box (or the room!). The Old Testament Mosaic Laws included blood sacrifices, but these sacrifices only covered sin and never really took them away. That’s why they had to be repeated over and over again, but when Christ came, He did not just cover our sins…He removed them by His own precious blood, and it would not have to be repeated over and over again, because Christ was the spotless Lamb of God; without blemish and perfect in every way (1 Pet 1:19). Only the sinless Son of God would satisfy the wrath of God for sinners, so Jesus came to give His own life as a ransom for the many who would trust in Him (Mark 10:45).

Conclusion

We love our cats, but we also love the Lord our God, and it is Him whom we serve, but in serving Him we know we must also care for our animals because God says, “Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel” (Prov 12:10). My wife has rescued several cats from certain death, and by getting them fixed, their shots, and sometimes finding them a good home, she shows her love for God’s creatures. Did you know that God had a similar problem with me at one time? I was broken and needed God’s Spirit; I was lost but then was found; I was headed for certain death from my sins but He gave me eternal life (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8-9), and this world was not my home and I was only passing through. It was just like the time my wife found a stray cat; she sought it, fed it, nourished it, and later, called it as one of her own. The rescued cat became part of the family. God is doing similar things for the lost; He is drawing them to Himself, but only through Christ (John 6:44; Acts 4:12). He is giving them new life in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). And He is finding a new home for them in glory, and giving them a new name; a name only they and God will know (Rev 2:17, 3:12). And this new home shall never pass away.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    Jack, I say this in all sincerity…you need psychological help asap! You can’t even see how sick you are.

    Like the 1000 priests now accused of pedophilia in a scathing 800 page report and the entire church in Chile busted for the same…From monk to bishop…the whole filthy diseased lot ..SICK!

    You may not be a pedophile jack but you are cut from the same cloth as these pigs. You see people choose their professions based upon archetypes.All people have personalities that guide them into various professions. Bullies become cops, caregivers become nurses, lunatics become priests and preachers. See how it works jack?

    Now on to the cats…LOL!

    “I’m not embarrassed to tell the church and others about all the mistakes I’ve made, and the many sins I’ve had to pay for, but transparency is important to me.”

    Bullshit…you make your living willfully lying to children and ignorant fearful gullible adults. You peddle death, guilt, shame and self loathing all the while offering your brand of snake oil as a faux cure. You speak demonstrable falsehoods daily. You are impervious to reality, facts, evidence and reason. You are a psychological terrorist slogging the abject nonsense contained in the pages of a provably false ancient book written by ignorant savages. You do not care in the least jack…don’t compound your lies now.

    “We love our cats, but we also love the Lord our God, and it is Him whom we serve, but in serving Him”

    No you don’t. You love a story from a story book. You have no evidence for a single thing you mindlessly “believe” You worship a book jack and that’s a fact! All powerful deities do not need to be “served” You are a gullible slave to make believe and you can not SHOW otherwise.

    “God is doing similar things for the lost; He is drawing them to Himself, but only through Christ ”

    More bullshit….your invisible undetectable “god” must have enjoyed watching 1000 children being abused by his servants then eh?

    You jack KNOW nothing, don’t care to, probably never will and it’s no surprise you ended up where you are given your self admitted dysfunctional past….all you’ve done is trade in one dysfunction for another

    GET HELP! You are sick…still.

    • Guthrum

      I respectfully disagree.

      • pud

        Who cares? If you can’t make a rational counter argument then it’s just your useless opinion.

    • B. Sherman

      Implicit in your response is the notion of “right” and “wrong”. Tell me, from where does it come? If we are the consequence of time + matter + chance, then there is no objective right or wrong. Things are or are not. It does not matter. You appear to be rather fixated on lying. Why is lying wrong? It’s simply lying, there is no moral consequence because morality is an illusion. Everything is a matter of opinion, nothing more. I wonder why you are so emphatic about people being forced to follow your particular set of opinions.

      • pud

        Right and Wrong don’t “come from” anywhere. They are subjective judgements.

        Correct! There is no “objective” anything! Well done!

        Morality is not an illusion…it is a social contract

        I’m not voicing opinions nor requesting anyone “follow” me…that’s the realm of lunatic cults. I simply point out the sickness, the virus that is religion. It poisons everything so I want it relegated to the dust bin of history where all the other thousands of religious cults lie

        • B. Sherman

          In your own words “there is no objective anything.” That would, in fact, make all assessments regarding morality, social contracts, Mr. Wellman’s psychosis, religion as a virus, and it’s ability to poison everything a matter of opinion. Your desire to “relegate it to the dust bin of history”, might be read as a request you’d like others to follow. BTW, one has to wonder if the statement “there is no objective anything”, is in fact an objective statement? At any rate your anger is perplexing to me given your worldview.

          • pud

            That would be correct. There is nothing objective save for mathematics, logic and by definition. All morality is an agreed upon set of principles…completely subjective to the will of the group.

            No…the god virus is demonstrable.

            I don’t play word games about an “absolute statement” not being an “absolute statement” You know exactly what I’m saying

            I don’t have any anger…it’s contempt for willful ignorance and lying to people regarding things you can’t possibly know

          • B. Sherman

            Ok first there was no objective truth, now there is. Logic? Whose logic. I know what you are trying to say, but no, not necessarily. These aren’t word games, it’s definition of terms and it matters a great deal in mathematics and other disciplines. Objective truth would extend beyond this but we can agree it exists and can be known.

            Regarding morality, by your definition then the abuse of children which you seem to abhor is not objectively wrong, it is a matter of current opinion. So too is the peddling of death and shame. Not wrong, all opinion and subject to change if a group of people agree it should change.

            “No…the god virus is demonstrable.” This is nebulous, only you know what you mean by this.

            “I don’t have any anger…it’s contempt for willful ignorance and lying to people regarding things you can’t possibly know.”

            Yes because anger and contempt are so different. You believe in a meaningless existence and life without purpose. It is a series of subjective experiences and you prefer Mr. Wellman follow your interpretation of those subjective experiences? It’s similar then to being angry because someone doesn’t like the same movie you do. Why do you care? About your anger, or contempt as you prefer; I would wager something dreadful happened to you in the past. Nothing objectively wrong of course, subjectively unpleasant for you nonetheless and you continue to be impacted by it. That’s unfortunate.

            The empiricist theory of truth you are using in your remarks about being able to measure cats is insufficient for your argument regarding what is “real” and has limits. Sensory input is not infallible. Quantify love, justice, value, racism etc. They are beyond empiricism. Do they not exist then? Your inability to measure anything beyond the natural realm does not prove or disprove anything. It is merely an observation that you are unable to measure it. I’m not convinced you’ve thought your positions through that completely.

          • pud

            LOL! “Logic” doesn’t belong to anyone! What a stupid question. Logic is a “descriptive” term used to explain consistent observations of the natural world.

            Objective truth ONLY applies to mathematics, logic and definitions. Nothing else

            The abuse of children could be moral if for example you could describe a situation where doing so served the greater good. In my world child abuse is not moral but in some other conceivable world it very well could be., It clearly is moral within your dysfunctional religious cult where you systematically indoctrinate children using terrorist tactics…you don’t seem to have any moral qualms about lying to children or threatening them with hellfire do you?

            The “god virus” is demonstrable in that it clearly gets people to surrender their critical thinking skills in favor of “faith” and “belief” absent any rational reason to do so

            Contempt is very different from anger. But so what? I’m angry that your cult gets a free pass regarding critical analysis by the population at large. “Religion” is a taboo subject to put under the microscope of critical analysis whereas everything else is open season. I don’t have contempt for people who prefer chocolate over vanilla…they have no effect on me…you religious lunatics however do as you vote and elect superstitious religious lunatics to positions of power where laws are passed that do indeed affect me

            We define “exist” by a single metric….does it have the quality of “shape”. If it has “shape” “borders” etc then it does indeed exist. Along with having shape comes the ability for measurement. Only “objects” exist. “Love” “justice” etc do not exist as they are not objects but are concepts. Concepts are relationships BETWEEN objects that do exist. Can you put a pound of “justice” on the table? Does it have “shape” No…so it doesn’t exist but rather describes a relationship between object that do exist.

            Demonstrate that ANYTHING exists beyond the “natural realm”…..waiting… That which is “undetectable” is exactly the same as “non-existent”

            I’ve thought my position out very clearly….I doubt you’re able to rationally think at all

          • B. Sherman

            “LOL! “Logic” doesn’t belong to anyone! What a stupid question. Logic is a “descriptive” term used to explain consistent observations of the natural world.”

            No actually it isn’t. From Webster’s Dictionary: a particular mode of reasoning viewed as valid or faulty
            She spent a long time explaining the situation, but he failed to see her logic.

            So Webster’s dictionary indicates in their example that logic can, in fact, belong to someone. In addition according to Webster’s, can be valid or faulty. That would further indicate it is not necessarily objectively true. Definitions is equally open ended.

            “Objective truth ONLY applies to mathematics, logic and definitions. Nothing else”
            This is your own opinion, to which you are entitled.

            It clearly is moral within your dysfunctional religious cult where you systematically indoctrinate children using terrorist tactics…you don’t seem to have any moral qualms about lying to children or threatening them with hellfire do you?

            I don’t have any qualms? When did I say that? I haven’t threatened anyone with anything. My suspicion is that you may have been.

            Contempt is not so different from anger, they are closely related. I’m not sure where you’ve been but I don’t see any belief system that isn’t exposed to critical analyses. If you believe that I dare say you aren’t looking very hard. I can find all sorts of critical analyses of anything. I have no idea what superstitious lunatics we are talking about exactly. Were Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and Hitler superstitious lunatics? Did they impact anyone?

            I submit that your definitions are in fact YOUR definitions. There is no “WE”. Again you are entitled to them.
            Undetectable is not tantamount to doesn’t exist, as much as you would like it to be. It is undetectable and the observation stops there. You are making an inference that undetectable is equivalent to doesn’t exist.

            Consider the following:

            “In the early expansion of the universe there has to be a close balance between the expansive energy (driving things apart) and the force of gravity (pulling things together). If expansion dominated then matter would fly apart too rapidly for condensation into galaxies and stars to take place. Nothing interesting could happen in so thinly spread a world. On the other hand if gravity dominated, the world would collapse in on itself again before there was time for the process of life to get going.
            For us to be possible requires a balance between the effects of expansion and contraction which at the very early epoch in the universe’s history (the Planck time) has to differ from equality by not more than 1 in 10 raised to the power of 60. The numerate will marvel at such a degree of accuracy. For the non-numerate I will borrow an illustration from Paul Davies of what that accuracy means. He points out that it is the same as aiming at a target an inch wide on the other side of the observable universe, 20 000 million light years away, and hitting the mark!” Dr. John Polkinghorne. “The Quantum World”.

            One could make an inference based on the following quote from Cambridge Physicist Dr. John Polkinghorne that there is an unseen God responsible for the observable universe.

            We are both only able to make inferences based on the same available facts. Neither of us will be able to provide evidence that is complete enough to satisfy 100% of either side on such a matter. No one has exhaustive knowledge of the universe. You most definitely have faith in your position, which by the way I never said you shouldn’t be permitted to believe. Whether I am being rational or not others can decide for themselves.

            From here on you should engage “The Imperial Cult,” he is waaay more interesting than me.

    • God is real, I know God deeply enough that it has referred to me as “son/brother/lover.” But God is a god so it doesn’t feel indebted to mortals and is indifferent to your complaints about it.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSMgnl75mtA

      • pud

        If you can’t show it, you don’t know it. Goggle “lunatic” Is he gay?

        • I can show it – I can’t force people to pay attention. This is a planet where people must be taught things. They can’t just presume and then dismiss everything else they hear if they want to be correct about what they know.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urj-SrA1YWU

        • The Bible isn’t just not a god – it’s “fake news” – it was deliberately written to be told as actual history with actual political figures while almost none of it is actual history. It’s an iron Age anarchist’s cookbook – a school shooter’s notebook. That which is God got buried.

          e.g. this character looks like me, shares a lot of my personality traits, and wears the exact same robe I wore for years. I don’t have the robe anymore so I can’t prove it – but at least note that most Emperors, Kings, and Pharaohs this world had before Abrahamic religion claimed divine authority/ordination and most of them weren’t insane people so you should consider paying attention to me because I’m just telling you the truth as best I can.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAahIFApISs

  • pud

    Cats….real, measurable, detectable able to construct models of their behavior, have shape…actually exist.

    Me…real, measurable, detectable,able to construct models of your behavior, has shape….actually exists.

    god…not real, man made, make believe, undetectable, invisible, thousands believed in once not anymore, can’t model anything, has no shape….does not exit

    See how this works for rational people jack?

  • Lindy Wise

    Another amazing piece. Keep up the great work, Pastor Wellman! Jesus bless you.

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you so kindly my friend. You are encouraging (Psalm 115:1).

  • a r tompkins

    I have a cat that loves fresh water too, like Fluffy, her name is “Bebe”, but I never viewed her as a metaphor for my search for righteousness and eternal life. I just figured she has some kind of kidney or insulin problem, and will probably die younger than most cats if we do nothing about it. As far as your wife’s saving cats from “certain death” (well, death is certain for all living things, it’s just a matter of timing, but we’ll get to that later… maybe), commendable, but for each cat saved you can probably multiply 20 to estimate the number of felines born that will spend a short life, homeless, starving, diseased, abused, and utterly abject. where is the merciful creator for these poor creations? Why doesn’t God show “God’s love” for these creatures? Never mind – I won’t believe your rationalizations anyway.

    “In or Out” So, either you’re fully “in”, or you’re fully “out”, and fence sitters, those of us that actually *use* the brain god gave us, those of us that question groundless claims and look for real evidence, those of us that are skeptical, those of us that are “on the fence”… We’re looking at some kind of eternal torment? Is that what you’re saying here? You’re saying that an all-merciful god is ready to throw us under the bus, to put it in more colloquial terms? This is the best thing the all-mighty can come up with? don’t you think you might be selling “Him” a little bit short? Infinite punishment for a very innocent crime. You’ve got to come up with a better god-model – this one harsh on a cosmic scale.

    Here’s the essence of your theory of the universe: There was nothing but God. God made everything. And God made everything in such a way that it was inevitable there would be countless souls in eternal torment. And this is your idea of a God with boundless mercy.

    ps – guess what I was doing just before reading this tripe, er, article? right! cleaning out my cat litter box! Gross! certainly that must be a sign from the almighty. If only I could just open up my hardened heart to it…