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4 Myths from a Cat Theologist

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.  

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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.

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Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Defend the Truth

How do you respond when someone mocks your faith?  Even if its just something subtle.  Do you simply shrug it off and think “Oh well, I guess he’s going to hell”?  Or do you confront them?

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This is not a time to be passive.  I’ll admit, I’m not the type of person that likes conflict.  But when it comes to defending truth, we need to speak up and defend it.  We need to take action.  If you don’t believe me, just read Matthew 21 where Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers in the temple.  Or read Jude 3: ….I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.”  The word contend means “to fight” or “to struggle” intensely.  The Greek athletes used this verb to express how they would exert themselves to the point of agony in an effort to win the contest.  That is the level of intensity with which we need to defend God’s Truth.

We cannot contend for that which we do not love.  People are willing to fight and die for that which they love.  Americans march off to war because of their love of liberty.  Many of the early Christians were willing to be tortured and die as martyrs because of their beliefs.  I would die for my wife and kids because I love them.  So the first step in contending for the truth is to develop that kind of love for God’s Word.

We must speak the truth in love.  It’s important to add that while we are contending for the faith, we must not be contentious as Paul warns us about in Ephesians 4:15.  We will fail to contend for the faith if we have a bitter, hateful, or arrogant spirit.  Unfortunately there are many of us Christians who speak the truth, but not in love.  This is sometimes where we confuse boldness with harshness.  Boldness is the willingness to say what people need to hear even though its painful.  Harshness, on the other hand, has little to do with conviction or concern for people.

We must know the faith.  Has anyone ever asked you to look up a verse in the book of Hezekiah?  You flip through your Bible only to find out that it doesn’t exist.  That’s a little embarrassing because it shows how little you know God’s Word.  I Peter 3:15 tells us that we need to always be ready to give an answer.  Think of a defense attorney preparing for his final presentation in court.  Each day he will work painstakingly into the night.  Every word, every expression is carefully measured.  He analyzes every possible scenario knowing that the fate of his client is in his hand.  

That my friends, is the level of preparation and knowledge of God’s Word that we need to have.  And when someone ridicules the Truth or even when asked why we choose to live our lives this way, we need to be ready with an answer.  Just like that defense attorney is ready to stand before the court.  

Your answer could be the difference between life and death for the inquisitor! 

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized