Over more than twenty years, I’ve been involved in the rescue, socializing, and adoption of about fifteen to twenty “feral cats”. (Housecats gone wild.) A lot of what I see in feral cats parallels humans’ relation to God.
Male feral cats are ferocious to each other, and sometimes dangerous for humans to even approach. They will kill kittens if not prevented. Females fight each other too, though not with the savage intensity of two tomcats fighting.
Just like humans without God. Witness all the wars and brutal inhumanity we see all around us. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.”
“Feral” cats have for centuries lived in dependence on humans. The average feral cat without a “caretaker” lives two to three years that are full of fear, misery, hunger, disease, and parasites. Their desperation and suffering are pitiful to see. Over half of feral-born kittens die before they are one year old. With a “caretaker”, outside cats can live ten years. Inside cats, of course, can live close to twenty years.
Humans are like that spiritually and emotionally. God designed us to live in fellowship with Him. Humans try to compensate for lack of that fellowship by inadequate means – alcoholism, drug abuse, voracious or perverted sexual appetites, pro football, bingo – anything that takes our minds off the emptiness inside. Neuroses or psychoses result.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:25-28)
We are all like that inside. Those intentions are there, and the Bible tells us that given time, without God forgiving our sins and giving us a new nature, we would devolve to doing every evil thing possible. It’s not only that we have all committed some sins, it’s that our sins are caused by our sinful nature, and we can’t change that. Just like feral cats can’t stop being feral on their own. They have to have some being who is “above” them to escape the feral life.
Due to the imprint of the Creator on our souls, and where it exists the presence of Judeo-Christian influence, there is in some nations a surface veneer of decency. But when that imprint or Judeo-Christian influence wears off, the veneer peels away, leaving the rottenness of human hearts on display. We need a “Caretaker” to change us.
“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Humans have the assurance that if we accept the “care” of the “Caretaker” King Jesus, we will live forever. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19)
God loves all His Creation, and He will not forever allow sinful people to roam His Creation, hurting and damaging other living beings. God doesn’t euthanize, so we either go to Heaven or to eternal quarantine when we leave this life. Just as I have disposed of all the ferals around my trailer, one way or another. I found homes for four of them. Two more went to Animal Services, where they will be put up for adoption. If no one wants them, after a set time, they will be euthanized.
God offers every human being a home in heaven, if we will believe that He sent His uniquely-born Son Jesus to earth to live a sinless life and die as the ultimate sacrificial Passover Lamb in our place, and believe that three days later God raised Jesus from the dead. Remember that belief implies a life lived according to that belief. If you say you believe but nothing in your life changes, it’s likely that you are fooling yourself.
Some people don’t believe that hell is a place where people are tormented in fire forever. OK, suppose that hell is more like Animal Services, except no one ever comes to adopt you. The same little cage day after day. No one plays with you. No one loves you. No variety at all in food. No sunshine. No family around you. No friends. No. One. At. All. Just you and your memories forever.
One of those memories will be that you could have chosen forgiveness of sins and eternal joy through faith in King Jesus. One of those memories will be that every person you ever cared for was influenced away from that life of joy by you.
Consider the alternative! from Revelation chapter 21:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more … And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ .. And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new!’ … To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment … nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
“Ask, and it will be given to you! Seek, and you will find! Knock and the door will be opened to you! For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened!” (Matthew 7:7-8)
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons and daughters. And because you are sons and daughters, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if a son or daughter, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:4-7)