|What's great is that he's very calmly flipping the bird.|
Geert Wilders was put on trial for insulting Islam. Could you imagine we Christians bringing you up on similar charges for your picture of Jesus flipping the bird?Now, of course Silverfiddle was not suggesting that I should be put on trial, as he is a staunch believer in the freedom of speech, but I detected a hint of displeasure in his writing. I wanted to explain myself, but doing so would have been horribly off-topic on that particular thread, and I'm not in the habit of doing that on other people's blogs.
I don't like that picture, but it's your blog, I believe in free speech, and I am advanced enough to know that no human work can demean my Lord and Savior.
When I put up that picture of Jesus flipping the bird, I knew that I was being completely inflammatory. In fact, I think I put it up there for that expressed purpose. I'm not a troll or anything, but one of the purposes of Christian Fearing God-Man is to get people to look at life a little differently than perhaps they are used to looking at life. I want to achieve this on all levels whether it be someone's sentiments on politics, society, music, movies, and even religion.
Politics and religion are two things that people generally shouldn't discuss openly in public with people you don't know personally, because discussions often turn into a steaming pile of horseshit: most people get all offended and indignant, and it's hard to keep the discussion within the realm of rationality and civility. It's also generally not a good idea to question people's beliefs, as we should all know the fate of Socrates for doing so.
|Somehow I missed that part in the Bible that tells us we|
should be fishers of men by acting like giant, bigoted
But I'm not going to offer an apology because that would be contrary to my whole purpose. I'm not here to coddle people and tell them that it's all going to be alright. I'm here to get them to see the absurdity of it all. What is absurd about Christianity?
Who did Jesus hang out with all the time? Sure, he had his apostles, but he ministered to the disenfranchised and unwashed masses. He let a prostitute wash his feet for fuck sake, and it was all scandalous when he did so. If some of you recall, Jesus actually turned violent at one point and flipped over a bunch of tables in a synogogue, denouncing the whole ordeal to be a den of thieves. Jesus constantly questioned the beliefs and motives of the Jewish clergy, those charged with keeping the faith and the covenant with God.
|Call me crazy, but I doubt this is what Jesus had in mind as|
he was hanging from the cross, suffering a brutal death
because of his rabble-rousing ideas.
His message was to love one another and help eachother get in touch with your own humanity. If anything, my work serves as an exaltation of his message rather than to demean him. Oh, and remember: I'm a Christian, too.