WALNUT CREEK, CA—As a parent who wants to teach sound doctrine to his children, when Dave Brown, father, was asked by his sad-eyed, lip-quivering children if they would see Mittens the cat in heaven, he replied, “Absolutely.”
“It’s very important to my wife and me to bring our children up in a Christian environment,” Brown stated. “In this day and age, there are so many worldviews vying for my kids’ attention so we try very hard to educate them on the depths of theology, apologetics, and Scripture. You know, things like the Trinity, justification by faith and, ahem, uh, cat heaven,” he said surrounded by children who sure miss their cat.
When asked what cat heaven will be like, Brown quickly muttered, “Like regular heaven but stinkier?” And then changed the subject.
Later that day, after Brown had forgotten the whole thing, his youngest daughter, Sara, asked him if there’s an ostrich heaven. “No, of course not,” he replied and then immediately regretted, realizing he will now have to explain why cats have souls and ostriches don’t.