As I was getting into the hot tub the other night for a good soak before bed, our cat Tigger began to yowl. Tigger is the most talkative cat I’ve ever seen, and is both stupid and lovable.
My wondering wandering continued: If indeed animals go to the afterlife, is it simply because they are living creatures? Christians are fond of saying that only humans have souls, but what justification is there for such a statement? C.S. Lewis wrote about how we can write about human nature only because we are humans; we cannot speculate about, say, cabbage nature. Could it be that there is no such thing as a “soul” per se, but rather that everything that lives is eternal because they are imbued with life by Life himself, who is eternal?
Now I’m starting to think like a Buddhist, I told myself. But I have already been stretched by the idea that Jesus is not just for “Christians”. We accept the idea that Christianity may have unique expressions in different cultures. Couldn’t a Buddhist or a pagan become a follower of Jesus and bring with them a different viewpoint, from more of a Buddhist or a pagan point of view? As long as they are trying to live by faith in Jesus and follow the Scriptures, who are we to say they’re wrong? What if the gospel is more like a gem, and by having people from different cultures and worldviews contribute their own facets, we all benefit?
I shared these thoughts with Kay, who shrugged her shoulders and said, “Of course.” Tigger yowled a bit more. What do you suppose he is saying, I asked Kay. She answered, “He’s praising God.“