Today, July 24th, if you can believe it is National Tell and Old Joke Day! Here is one found that has been packed away you might enjoy. In this case there are two sides to this story as you will soon be made aware.
Do Cats Go to Heaven?
A cat dies and goes to Heaven. God meets him at the gate and says, "You have been a good cat all of these years. Anything you desire is yours, all you have to do is ask."
The cats says, "Well, I lived all my life with a poor family on a farm and had to sleep on hardwood floors."
God says, "Say no more." And instantly, a fluffy pillow appears.
A few days later, 6 mice are killed in a tragic accident and they go to Heaven. God meets them at the gate with the same offer that He made the cat. The mice said, "All our lives we've had to run. Cats, dogs and even women with brooms have chased us. If we could only have a pair of roller skates, we wouldn't have to run anymore."
God says, "Say no more." And instantly, each mouse is fitted with a beautiful pair of tiny roller skates.
About a week later, God decides to check and see how the cat is doing. The cat is sound asleep on his new pillow. God gently wakes him and asks, "How are you doing? Are you happy here?"
The cat yawns and stretches and says, "Oh, I've never been happier in my life. And those Meals on Wheels you've been sending over are the best!"
Now wasn’t that cute? Let’s now take it a little further and a bit more seriously!
It is known that there is no direct mention of cats in the translated Bible. Just as it is known that the Israelites distrusted everything associated with the Egyptians, who ruled over them. The fact that the Egyptians held cats in such high esteem encouraged the occupied population to despise them almost as much as they disliked the occupiers. This may be the reason why they are not mentioned in the Bible.
This was such a popular question that George Davidson wrote a book titled: Why Are There No Cats In The Bible? And Other Fascinating Facts to Expand Your Knowledge of the Bible. It is still available on Amazon.com for $9.99.
Rebecca Lesses is an assistant professor at Ithaca College in NY. She teaches Jewish Studies and writes for Mystical Politics. For those who do not know Mystical Politics is comprised of Jewish mysticism, contemporary politics and personal musings. In one of her articles Rebecca wrote the following that was pretty interesting.
“Last week at Shabbat lunch with friends and fellow cat-lovers, we were discussing puzzling fact that the Bible does not mention domesticated cats, although there surely must have been cats living in Israelite towns and villages. There are a number of words in the Bible for larger cats - more than one word for lion, and for leopard - but not for house cats. This discovery only deepens the mystery. Other animals are mentioned - dogs and mice, for example - but not the cat.
Such a topic naturally comes up in Jerusalem because the city is overrun by feral cats. Thin cats and their kittens can be found near every rubbish bin, and it can be quite startling to walk by one and suddenly hear and see an explosion of cats fleeing in all directions.”
Now wild felines such as lions and leopards are written into the Bible. The actual word “cat” and “domestic feline” for many have never been found as they search through passage after passage.
It seems that there was a popular legend of the Christ Child and the stable cat. But that may be just a myth. But in the story of that legend it tells why Tabby Cats have a (M) marked on their foreheads. This was said to stand for St. Mary. Today there are some white tigers, leopards and Maine Coon cats that also carry those same head marking.
Nothing here so far is concrete. And the question is still posed. Why are there no cats in the Bible?
Well, actually there is. I thought you might want to know. That depends on the Bible one uses. The word “cats” does appear in the Catholic Bible.
Read below what Reverend Edward C. wrote:
“As you probably know, a Catholic Bible has 73 books: 46 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. A Protestant Bible has 66 books: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. The seven books that are in the Catholic Old Testament but not in the Protestant Old Testament are collectively known as “the deuterocanonical books”. Some refer to them as “apocryphal books”. One of these seven is BARUCH. The one and only verse that refers to cats in the Catholic Bible is to be found in Baruch. It reads as follows in the New American Bible, which is the Catholic Bible most in use in the United States: “Bats and swallows alight on their bodies and on their heads; and cats as well as birds.” (Baruch 6:21) The entire Chapter 6 of Baruch is known as “The Letter of Jeremiah Against Idolatry”. The reference to “their bodies and on their heads” is the idols (statues) of the gods of the Babylonians.”
Enjoy the slide show video attached which includes not only some very cute cats and kittens but Scriptures that surely were meant to include these frisky little felines. Enjoy!
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