Christianity in a nutshell

September 1, 2007 at 3:52 am 17 comments

[Art by Jim Huger from Dead To Rights, a parody of Jack T. Chick’s tract]


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  • 1. escapedmentalpatient  |  September 6, 2007 at 6:01 am


    • 2. wittykid  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      whats funny?its all nonesense dude!

  • 3. Christian  |  January 22, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    that’s just dumb God cannot contradict himself whoever wrote this cartoon has no idea what the bible says about god and salvation from sin

  • 4. 4runner  |  February 19, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Clever, maybe even funny, but it reveals a bit of a misunderstanding. This cartoon steps into theology, which really isn’t this site’s strong point. However, from what I understand about Christianity is this. God did not change any “rule”, since the Old Testament if you sinned you would have to make a sacrifice of some kind of animal depending on the sin. This was the religion of the Jews/Israelites, while all the gentiles went to…yeah. God wanted to give salvation for all the people of the world, so he sent Jesus. Jesus then became the ultimate sacrifice. The “rule” did not change, a blood sacrifice was needed for atonement of sins.

    Note to Christian above. Don’t attack the cartoonist then fail to explain what is wrong about what he’s saying.

  • 5. KELSO93  |  February 23, 2008 at 2:01 am


    • 6. Atheisticallyme  |  March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      People like you are why christianity is joked about. Do you even look at what you type? “GOD DIED FOR OUR SINS SO WE COULD HAVE ETERNAL SO BEFORE U GO AROUND…” People have a different opinion than you and typing in all caps with absolutely atrocious writing skills and an even worse argument won’t make them change your mind. There’s no need to make a fool out of yourself yelling at someone for having an expressing a difference of belief. The comic actually raises a great inquiry, if god is god, and is thus all powerful, why was it necessary to create and then destroy jesus to save them instead of just using his magic god powers and doing it death-free? It’s a simple question and if you care to attempt to justify it please comment back, but I have a strange feeling you’re just going to leave another angry comment in caps.

  • 7. nicknack28  |  July 1, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I just now discovered this blog and will spend some time looking over it very soon as I have recently developed a keen interest in Agnosticism (but coming from a religious background am still a theist and don’t believe that is likely to change). When stepping back and outlining when I can believe through simply the use of reason and not applying faith to it yet, I have come to the conclusion that Agnosticism seems the most logical. This has helped me SINCERELY — exploring my beliefs through reason before then exploring my beliefs through faith (that would then have to comply to that reason). So, I’m grateful of this site and hopefully it’ll be encouraging 😛

    But anyway, that wasn’t the point of this message. I’ve seen a similar cartoon (which is actually just a thrown together picture) which made me laugh out loud the first time I saw it and this reminded me of it remarkably. I mean no offense to Christians or Christianity in my amusement — I at least thought both were funny.

    The other one:

  • 8. agnostic firebird  |  July 8, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I have been recently struggling with the idea of a god, and to let the cartoonist know, which I am sure he already does and he is just scratching the surface of the literal interpretation of the bible, there is the father, the son (Jesus) and the holy spirit. Beside the point, It is hard for me to completely disregard reason and

  • 9. agnostic firebird  |  July 8, 2009 at 2:55 am

    base everything on faith. I cannot just believe in a talking snake and the gathering of millions of species into a single boat/arc/ship. Explanations are very significant to the decision-making process of one’s religion. If anyone could comment below and give me some useful advice or information I would really appreciate it.

    • 10. wittykid  |  May 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      the reason why the snake is talking because its the devil..and about the noah’s ark its sooo big that almost millions of species can be there and noah made it up through the help of God!

  • 11. Richard  |  July 29, 2009 at 4:48 am

    The Christians above seriously misunderstand what this cartoonist is getting at. The point he is making is that the atonement implies that God is not all powerful. To say that God/Jesus ‘died for our sins’ implies that there are some ‘cosmic laws’ that even God has to follow (e.g. in order for God to forgive sins God/Jesus must suffer and die). If God is all powerful he could have forgiven sins by just willing it. Stating that God/Jesus died to fulfill scriptures doesn’t help matters either. That implies that God is beholden to the bible which he could have ‘inspired’ however he wanted.

  • 12. Isaac  |  July 31, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I’m only posting this here because I left a comment earlier and it contained the statement that I doubted I would ever transition from an agnostic theist to an agnostic atheist. Irony, sometimes, is simply outstanding. Over this single past summer I have done more religious thinking than my whole life combined, deliberately spending hours upon hours of applying reasoning and logic to different aspects of my faith and repeatedly discovering that I needed to carry the reasoning and logic to broader and broader scopes. Whenever I came to one revisionary conclusion about my faith I realized that I actually needed to take an even larger step back and look at an even bigger picture now. It amazes me how many “steps back” a person can make, and particularly in such a short amount of time. I finally had to admit to myself that the only thing truly keeping the “theist” in there instead of “atheist” was the understanding that there are certain orders to the universe that I couldn’t explain the origin of (sounds corny, I know, but we’re looking at big pictures now) — I could not locate any evidence of anything more defined than that. That was the ONLY thing. After that I realized that the unknown “cause” of these orders (in my understanding) certainly wouldn’t resemble any generally accepted definition of a god.

    So I guess that made today officially my first day of abandoning the concept of a god (again, as is generally accepted). I wouldn’t argue that the universe and how it is ordered doesn’t have some source, of course, but to me that is more a matter of science than religion.

    I merely thought is was funny that my first post — confident in its theistic grounding — was on the first day of this month and so much can change by the last day of that same month. Again, I have to say it is utterly perplexing how much someone’s faith can change in a short amount of time under certain conditions. I don’t want to dissuade anyone else reading this from their faith, but just want to comment on my own surprise at myself. I wish to continue searching, however, for progress can’t be made without it.

    Also, I want to apologize if anything in this post sounds cheesy, like the orders of the universe stuff. It all sounds funny if you write it out but it’s less so when you’re actually thinking about it. If I could of thought of a more sophisticated way of wording it (such as less abstractly), I would have.

  • 13. Eupraxsophy  |  August 24, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Issac what you are doing now is being objective about our origins
    of life and our place in the universe. Your not simply doubting
    everything about the universe if it’s not written in some
    book or what others might believe. In other words your thinking
    for yourself. I think that you will find that it is quite enlightning and that you can now start to know truth. Believe in what you know and not just in what others believe.

    I too was once a Christian, but often would have questions
    that would not be answered, but rather given excuses. I
    would have my doubts as to the validity of the bible and one
    day after reading it and thinking about it, it suddenly made sense
    to me. I shall base my beliefs on truth and not base my truths
    on beleif.

  • 14. Marc  |  February 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

    The cartoon is certainly entertaining, however, it makes a flagrantly false statement. If we are concerned with humor alone, the cartoon serves it’s purpose. If it’s designed to educate, it fails miserably. Even an atheist can understand the dynamics of the sacrifice if he/she chooses to study it.

  • 15. Justnn  |  August 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    this toon isn’t as incorrect as some people think.

    god is 3 in 1, so jesus is god, or at least one third of him, sacrificing himself to himself, so he can save us from the fate he created for us when he created the devil.. aka the talking snake. so “god” set us up for catastrophe, then said, “dont worry, i’ll save you!” and the catch is of course that we’re only actually saved if we do/dont do a list of things for/against god.

    its the same as any other ancient folklore – without science if any kind, people had to make up explanations for everything. this one was one of the more popular explanations of primative times, which is why it’s still around today, but the more people learn by research instead of faith, the less believable religion becomes.

    if you HAVE to be religious, please, for the good of us all, look into buddhism, or read the tao ching.

  • 16. Davis Goodman  |  December 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

    God reincarnated himself as a human on the path towards torture-death-resurrection to change the way things worked (when he could have changed the way things worked without the reincarnation). Call it law, rule, the way things worked, reboot? Its just kerfloffery.

    “Animal sacrafices” TO “believing in a humanity-saved-story” still doesn’t seem to be any grand change in the way things work, one that requires a super natural deity to reincarnate himself etc… If he wanted to prove his love to man, he could have taken away child molestation and slavery and genocide, shown up at the gladiator games and offered this clearly and openly to all stating who what when where why. The humanity-saved-story is an over-dramatic diva-like-magic-show-slash-psychotic-saga and pretty lame compared to my suggestion.

    This “change in the way things work” is just not impressive. It would be like Zeus saying, look, instead of throwing lightening bolts at you whenever I’m pissed off, I’ll have one of my half-god children go slay some monsters and pull some of you out of hades from time to time. The more you believe it … the more of you will get out of hades … I’m serious … you can count on my word.

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm okay. Deal. Now wait a minute … why don’t we write a thousand pages about that and debate the nuances of it for 2000 years?

  • 17. Shane  |  February 18, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Humor me; IF God exists is it possible that He’s vastly more intelligent than any human?

    This comic is only funny from the perspective of a human relying on his own intelligence. But IF God is more intelligent then the author of this comic is only making a fool of himself by showing off his own stupidity.


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