Jim Davis is the author of over fourteen thousand strips of his hit comic Garfield. For forty years, Garfield has claimed his place in the sun. Every day, Monday through Sunday, Garfield has provided His light onto the daily newspaper. Isn’t it a fair argument then, that Garfield’s heavenly presence is more common in one’s life than the Heavenly Father himself? Could it not be that our favourite lasagna-loving, dog-kicking, joke-making cat is one who holds more power over our realm than one who holds omnipotence and omniscience? Why should a figure one visits only once a week have authority over one viewed by millions daily? Garfield as an entity contains more power than the Abrahamic God, and all other deities.
Jon Arbuckle, Odie, Arlene, and Liz Wilson all are under Garfield’s all-encompassing paw. Garfield ensures that he is fed whatever he would like, whenever he would like. Jon’s food quickly becomes an offering to Garfield’s mighty maw, devoured in an instant. Garfield may sleep whenever he likes; God may only have Sunday, but in Garfield’s eyes every day is a day of rest. Garfield can bite, scratch and kick those in the house- there is no retribution from neither human nor animal. A good comparison to the Garfield comics is the Book of Job. God torments Job, taking away all that is important to him, before finally deciding that Job is pure of heart. Though Garfield works in mysterious ways, it is very possible the residents of that little home in Muncie, Indiana are simply working through their trials as well, to prove themselves to Garfield.
Jon serves Garfield more than anyone else. Pathetic, weak, and obedient to his deity’s will, Jon’s entire purpose in the comic strip is to serve Garfield. He feeds him. He sets up Garfield’s jokes. He provides him with toys. He lives to serve his orange and black master. Garfield spends his days roaming the house deciding which of his underlings he can toy with. It’s easy to see how Jon is the ideal follower of a deity- in the Torah, Yahweh tends to punish those who do not obey him, and Garfield does the same. Jon spends his days orbiting Garfield’s heavenly body. There is not a single strip in which Jon appears and Garfield does not. Jon is an addendum, an option, a sidekick. How could a human be a subordinate to a regular cat unless that cat had godlike powers?
Though Garfield’s influence may not be clear at first to a reader, it soon becomes apparent that he has total control over his realm. Garfield is able to continually manipulate the humans around him. The first instance of this is apparent around 1979, where Jon gets a roommate, Lyman. However, Lyman violates the holy law and brings a false idol into the home: Odie. Before long, Lyman is punished; however, he does not merely suffer from cat scratches and lost food, but instead is slowly erased from existence and is never seen again after 1983. Four years after his appearance, Lyman is naught but a lost memory to all. All except Garfield, who makes multiple references to Lyman later on. Of course, Jon can’t remember, as Garfield’s internal musings are inaudible to his mortal ears, but the audience knows. The audience can see what happens when one attempts to challenge Garfield’s power.
It’s clear that Garfield’s power over his realm is unlimited. He has no quarrels with using his powers to subjugate further humans and animals into his realm, nor does he have any issue erasing them from time. He spends seven days at rest as opposed to the Christian God’s one, he has unlimited access to any resources he desires. Garfield as an entity is more powerful than any deity even known, and it’s clear we should fear him for it, lest we follow in Lyman’s footsteps.