Nine years ago, Zondervan, copyright owner of the NIV, published The Curious Kittens Bible (CKB). See the picture. I know, I know. There are Bibles for every interest, it seems. Especially for kids. I am well aware of The Princess Bible. We have a copy of The Rhyme Bible, which contains key Bible stories (and beautiful pictures) set to rhyme. This was well-used when our children were younger.
But The Curious Kittens Bible? Makes sense, I suppose. Suffering produces purr...severance. But if a “curious kitten” is saved, which one of its nine lives become eternal. Or do they all?
Some people are allergic to cats, however. For them, there is The Playful Puppies Bible (PPB). I am not kidding. Perhaps there is a full color picture that accompanies this verse: “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
(FYI, Zondervan is still publishing and selling these Bibles…)
Why stop there? The possibilities are endless. Geckos get grace. Chameleons for Christ. Saving sloths edition. Predestined porcupines. Eternal eels edition.
I understand efforts that seek to make the Bible more appealing. It’s a challenging read. It’s an intimidating tome. But when we remember that it is only by the Holy Spirit’s power that God’s Word works in human hearts, the need for our assists (however well-intentioned) disappears. The Scripture doesn’t say, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ unless your Bible has cute pics of kittens and puppies to entice you to open it up.”
It says, “No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3) You have the Word of God in all its power and glory. Read it. Take it to heart. And live.
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand