appropriate for a Christian to own a cat in light of their past pagan religions
affiliation and the new medical information that is now coming to light?"
ones among Jehovah's people today have wondered if Christians should own cats
in view of their sorted past and many health risks. What may be acceptable to
one person may, although unintentionally, stumble another. This can become a
life-or-death issue since to stumble a brother that Christ died for is tantamount
to "putting a millstone around the neck and being thrown into the sea."
Clearly our eternal salvation is involved.
First let us consider
what most scholars agree is the original Koine Greek for the English word "cat".
Felos Domesticus meaning literally "a contemporary housecat with all of
its beastly identifying characteristics and behavior." A faithful servant
of Jehovah would quickly notice that the nature of a cat is "beastly".
The bible makes clear reference to this condition when describing parts of Satan's
organizations past and present. For instance the fearsome "beasts"
as described in Daniel or the "scarlet colored wild beast" in Revelation.
The demons entered the swine when rebuked by Jesus showing the potential harm
and demon control that a Christian may potentially expose themselves and others
too. Lest we forget the condition of God's enemy when being humbled by Jehovah,
Nebuchadnessor. Is it by accident that the Bible describes his experience as
a "beast" of the field? Hardly!
Clearly the Bible
by using this kind of Original Greek shows beyond a doubt that the basic nature
of cats is evil or "beastlike". This is condition is reflected in
the "Original Serpent", the "Great Dragon" Satan the devil!
There are numerous
reasons why a loyal dedicated servant of God should use their Bible-trained
conscience to arrive at a proper understanding of why cats are not for Christians.
Consider the following
- It was a common
practice in ancient Egypt to worship or idolize cats as "gods".
As Christians we are to "guard ourselves from idols" and "worship
no other gods". Such feline influence could lead to idolatry and thereby
"grieve Jehovah's Spirit" with tragic consequences. May we never
take for granted Jehovah's wise council!
- The Bible does
not say that cats were not present at Herod's birthday party when John the
Baptizer was beheaded. History shows that cats were most likely present at
this tragic party that Jehovah did not approve of. Clearly then, as loyal
Christians, why would we even want to associate with animals that are without
a doubt of such bad influence, remembering that "bad associations spoil
useful habits"? To invite cats in our house is to toy with disaster.
Can one deny that the chance exists that the same grave consequences could
visit your home that fell upon John the Baptiser? Clearly, God disapproved
of this "birthday" party. Should we not then disapprove of cats
the way God does? Surely!
- Throughout history,
particularly in the middle ages and reaching its climax in the Salem Which
trials of the 1600's, cats were recognized as carriers if not direct incarnates
of demons. Since cats were associated with the devil, could we as faithful
and dedicated servants of God therefore associate ourselves with a "living
symbol" of satanic incarnation? How would this reflect on Gods name and
his earthly organization? Would we want to be associated with a symbol of
Satan, the "god of this system of things"?
- Nowhere in the
Bible are any type of cats spoken of in favorable terms. In fact was it not
lions of the first century who the Devil used to devour faithful Christians?
Jehovah Himself "Stopped up the mouths of the lions" in Daniel's
day. True, the small housecats of today are not lions, but being of the same
cursed animal family used by Gods enemies on numerous occasions throughout
history, would it be wise or appropriate to own one? In addition, by owing
any type of cat (feline), would we not give an appearance of condoning their
evil deeds throughout recorded Bible and secular history? The Bible makes
clear that God's people are "no part of this world" and that we
are "not to share in the sins of others."
- The scriptures
clearly indicate that neither Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, faithful Job, the Apostles
or Jesus himself owned a cat. Should we simply assume that this is a mere
coincidence? Surely not! This was most likely because they didn't want to
be like the Pagan contemporaries of their day who showed no regard for how
God feels about owning a cat. In harmony with the pattern set by the faithful
prophets and peoples of old, surely it would not be fitting for a Christian
today to own a cat.
- Finally, cats
are unclean animals. Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced
can shed Salmonella in their feces, which can spread
the bacterial infection to humans
" Salmonella (salmonella typhimurium)
creates a condition of "week-long diarrhea
and in some instances, hospitalization." Would we be showing the proper
respect to our life, Creator and to our "neighbor" by exposing ourselves
and others to this potentially deadly disease?
practice many unclean habits not fitting a Christian: Coughing up furballs,
licking inappropriate body areas, urination on the floor, eating dead animals
often with their blood, sexual misconduct without the benefit of marriage, abuse
of catnip an intoxicating herb, and stealing food from the table, just to name
a few. What sort of example does this give our young ones endeavoring to serve
Jehovah? The Bible clearly shows that "neither fornicators
inherit the Kingdom." In addition, the Apostle Paul admonishes
us to "quit mixing in company" with such unclean ones. Although Paul
was speaking primarily about Christians who fell into sin, there is no reason
to conclude that this Inspired Biblical principle can not be applied to association
with cats. Uncleanness in any form is condemned by Jehovah and the fact that
the Apostle Paul made no distinction when it came to associating with housecats
proves beyond a doubt that loyal Christians must avoid all association with
all sources of uncleanness which would logically include animals that harbor
Are we not grateful
for Gods viewpoint on such matters? True worshipers follow closely Gods mandates
on cleanness to their eternal benefit! Sister Catless tells us that since getting
rid of her cat, she has not had to be preoccupied with cleaning the litterbox
or the burden of purchasing cat food. This has allowed her to spend more time
to go pioneering and finds that it is now easier to meet her allotted hours
in field service.
puts it this way, "I'm so grateful that God's organization is kept clean!
It has freed me from the burden of owning a cat and all the pitfalls that go
with it. I hope all the brothers will realize how the Devil subtly uses cats
to corrupt and distract us from the preaching work." (Matt. 24:14)
What fine examples
of faithfulness! As loyal followers of Jehovah's thinking on this matter, we
can rejoice in the fact that in the new system, the "Lion will lie down
with the lamb". Yes, when Satan is finely abyssed the "beastly"
nature of felines will be gone! But until that soon approaching time, God will
reward all of our efforts to maintain integrity by loyally submitting to the
leading of his spirit through the "Faithful and discreet slave".