We Created God In Our Image, Not the Other Way Around

If other species were religious, you can bet their gods would look like them, too.

(via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=684968309 Charles M Taylor

    Even Gene Roddenberry made this observation many years ago. :)

  • http://parsleyvictorious.blogspot.com Parsley Victorious

    If triangles had gods, their gods would have three corners

  • Michael S

    I don’t really get that from this comic. It puzzled me since he drew it.
    The crucifix has eight arms for an eight-armed sacrifice.
    The sacrifice had eight arms because it was (Jesus) made in the image of the octopus.

    What does this have to do with the shape of the god behind it?

    • usclat

      Are you kidding? The octopus priest represents the “real” world in this cartoon (much like we homo sapien primates is in the real “real” world), which in turn is reflected in the symbol of their (the octopus beings) god. 

      • JPJ007

        Not octopus. Squid. 8 arms, but also two longer tentacles. Those would correspond to Jesus’s legs, nailed to the lower part of the cross with a single nail.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    The obligatory Monkey Jesus video

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    Er… we’ve created plenty of gods (and goddesses) in other images, as well. F’rexample, look at the Kemetic (Egyptian) pantheon — the gods were often represented by animals, as well as being shown having animal heads.

  • Anonymous

    I love the comic.

    I think it’s just as easy to point out that every religion has prophets and god that “coincidentally” are born or active in areas very near to where the religion is founded.

    Judaism, Christianity and Islam come from the Middle East. What an incredible coincidence that God took an exclusive interest in that area of the world in their holy books!

    Buddhism is centered in Nepal, and hot damn what a lucky coincindence that Buddha was from there too!

    Hinduism is Indian and just by dumb luck, the holiest sites of the religion are ALL in India!

    And on and on…

    Isn’t it interesting that you never hear of a religion, particularly not one founded before the world was fully explored, that was founded in one place under the belief that the god or gods actually had a strong interest in other places and peoples and not the ones that actually first adopted that religion? You’d almost think that the religions were made up and reflected the human tendency to think you’re culture and location is the most important in the world. Huh.

    • David

      Buddha started Buddhism.  Why would it start anywhere else other than where lived.  Its not coincidence its just common sense.  Think it through!

      • Anonymous

        Well, as we are talking about Gods or the prophets of gods there is no objective reason why they would be limited by something as petty as geography or culture. If they are in fact imbued with powers above and beyond that of mortal men and women, why did none of them ever leave their cultural confines. If Jesus is a manifestation of God, why didn’t he show up in Southern Africa instead of wandering around his middle eastern homeland? If Mohammed was the messenger of God, why is it that god didn’t plop him down in China to Islamize them?

        Of course, in all of this I’m assuming the supernatural version of Buddhism, where Buddha is imbued with properties and powers beyond those of humans. I don’t apply the same standard to the mere philosophy of Buddhism, which requires no superpowers and hence its perfectly normal that it began and for a long time was confined to the geographic area of its founder. If you consider Buddha a mere mortal with an important philosophy, then he is off the list, of course.

        • David

          Excellent reponse.  Consise and humble.  I take my hat off you I_Claudia.

          • Anonymous

            <> You’re too kind, really. You were right to point out the issue with Buddhism, since unlike the others it does have schools that don’t deify Buddha himself. I will try in the future to specify that I’m talking about religious Buddhism specifically. Cheers.

        • Jesus Loves You!

          This is one of the worst failures of logic I’ve ever heard in my life. You need to read some Chesterton. 

  • Anonymous

    Except for dogs.  Their gods look like humans.  Also cats wouldn’t worship gods.  They think of themselves as gods already….well mine does, I’m sure.

    • Anonymous

      All hail Ceiling Cat

    • Anonymous

      A dog looks at its owner and thinks: “You give me food, water and shelter and take care of my every need. You must be God.”

      A cat looks at its owner and thinks: “You give me food, water and shelter and take care of my every need. I must be God.”

  • Jesus Loves You!

    The fact that this comic is posted on here and has gained any traction whatsoever is just a testament that atheists are completely uneducated on the subjects they attempt to “debunk.” Oh WAIT. That’s a blanket statement. SOME atheists are completely and utterly beyond clueless as to what intellectually rigorous Christianity actually purports. In fact, as a Catholic, I’m not even offended by this nonsense, because clearly those cheering it on have no idea what “in His image” actually denotes. I’m more confused than anything else as to how this is relevant at all.

  • D!no

    Claudia, well said! I can’t help but notice that the only person who commented with arrogance and anger was Christian. Eastern religions becon one from the ego, Western religions are mired in ego. I have found that the Christian Bible, like all sacred texts, offers a great deal of wisdom to those who read it for what it is. But their god shares the same basic qualities of all gods, and all gods are, in essence, made in our image. Something to the effect of ” who are we, then, that you hold us in such esteem?” sums it up: Jewish and Christian thinkers 2000+/- years ago knew as well as any thinking man that stories are the creations of humans, not vise versa. And yes, the Egyption gods are included: they are depicted as humans with animal characteristics which compliment and exaggerate Man’s characteristics. Take a man, give him a little extra, a god is born. The universe is atheist in all but our creative imaginations and literature…but that does not mean it is Godless. God is without doubt far above and beyond our potential, at least our to date. But gods came after us, to explain that which we still call God, and we still don’t quite understand. Great comic, fun comments!

  • D!no

    Claudia, well said! I can’t help but notice that the only person who commented with arrogance and anger was Christian. Eastern religions becon one from the ego, Western religions are mired in ego. I have found that the Christian Bible, like all sacred texts, offers a great deal of wisdom to those who read it for what it is. But their god shares the same basic qualities of all gods, and all gods are, in essence, made in our image. Something to the effect of ” who are we, then, that you hold us in such esteem?” sums it up: Jewish and Christian thinkers 2000+/- years ago knew as well as any thinking man that stories are the creations of humans, not vise versa. And yes, the Egyption gods are included: they are depicted as humans with animal characteristics which compliment and exaggerate Man’s characteristics. Take a man, give him a little extra, a god is born. The universe is atheist in all but our creative imaginations and literature…but that does not mean it is Godless. God is without doubt far above and beyond our potential, at least our to date. But gods came after us, to explain that which we still call God, and we still don’t quite understand. Great comic, fun comments!


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