For those of you who don’t know what cat and dog theology is, it comes from a joke about cat and dogs: A dog says “These people feed me, shelter me, and love me. They must be God!” A cat says “These people feed me, shelter me, and love me. I must be God!”. They both have the same information, but they process it differently. It may be funny, but provides a unique way of how we perceive our relationship with God.
Here are 4 common myths that are being spread by cat theologists:
The main reason Christ came to earth was to save me. We tend to think exclusively of the cross with how it affects our own lives. We preach and sing about how Christ died for us. We idolize verses like John 3:16. Don’t get me wrong it’s absolutely true that Christ died for our sins, but that is only secondary. It is a byproduct, not the main reason. Jesus died first of all for God. In John 17:4, He came into the world to glorify God. In John 7:18, He came seeking the glory of the One who sent Him. In John 12:27-28 He speaks of the cross as a means with which he will glorify God. This truth is repeated again and again in the book of John. Everything in Scripture points to God’s glory, even Jesus’ death on the cross.
God’s desire is for me to experience blessings and prosperity on this earth. Many treat God as if he is simply there to cater to our every wish as we ask it. Since we are God’s children, we think that we deserve the biggest and the best. Surely God’s first class treatment of us would bring Him Glory would it not? This is known as the “health and wealth gospel”, and it is very cat-like. People of this gospel will say things like “The reason you haven’t been healed yet is because you don’t have enough faith” or “We don’t have to wait for God’s blessing in the life to come, He’ll give it to us here and now”. Scripture as a whole however, has a very different view. There are many verses and case studies that speak about Bible characters that suffered trials and tribulations. Does God want to bless us? Yes! But He doesn’t wants His blessings to take priority over His glory.
The definition of my salvation is that I’m not going to Hell. There is only one way to Heaven, but many reasons for wanting to go there. Cats walk backwards. They are moving towards Heaven, but are focused only on Hell. It’s a good start, but far short of what God wants from us. Their focus again is only on themselves. A Cat’s salvation is basically just fire insurance. There is a big difference in being saved from something rather than for something.
Worship is about thanking God for what He has done for me. Now it’s not wrong to worship and praise God for what He has done for you, but it shouldn’t stop there. Cat’s favorite songs have a lot of me’s, my’s, and I’s in them. They worship only at specific times such as their devotional time or on Sunday morning. They make a distinction between worship time and regular life. Cat’s are even selfish with their prayer time. Most of their prayers focus on blessings for them and other things that will make their life more comfortable.
The point I’m trying to make is that cat theology is not incorrect, but it is incomplete. God’s glory is all around us and he wants us to be totally sold out for Him. In God’s eyes, life is supposed to be one big worship service with everything revolving around Him and bringing Him glory. But unfortunately, cat theology has slyly turned things around so that now there are Christians that are worshiping themselves without even realizing it!
May this be our prayer to correct those cat-like tendencies in our life: Lord, help me to look at your face and delight being in your presence rather than at your hands to see what you will give me! Amen.