A Revised Billboard for ‘The Grace Effect’

(In response to this post)

About M J Shepherd

Matthew graduated Louisiana State University in 2009 with a BA in studio art and a minor in art history. He has been drawing cartoons and comics online for several years.

  • Matt

    What if at the heart of Jesus was an anti-religious message?  What if “privilege” was never actually a part of the futuristic thinking of the Kingdom Jesus announced?  Wasn’t his message more about including and defending those who were without privilege or power.  The poor, the sick, the forgotten, the invisible, those without a voice, the social, religious and political rejects, those who religious experts declared as “sinners?”  And wasn’t his willfulness to die an act of surrendering privilege verses garnering it for himself or his religious cronies?  If this were indeed the case, wouldn’t it then be possible to read Jesus and buttress the same thoughts that this billboard claims?  Isn’t it possible, and beautifully ironic that the atheist and Jesus have more in common than most Christians or Atheists would suppose.  

    • LudoPhil

      Boy it sure is easy to cherry-pick, isn’t it. Jesus also introduced the concept of hell and eternal punishment, so there’s that.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DJRVGKGG36KNLNMZAVT4EXOF3M Ed-words

        Hell yes.And for fornicating. And he thought he was the son
        of a god.Today, that could get you “put away”. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23430830 Matthew Shepherd

      What if at the heart of Jesus was an anti-religious message?

      Well you’d have to be the one to demonstrate that.

      What if “privilege” was never actually a part of the futuristic thinking of the Kingdom Jesus announced?

      That’s nice, but would you say it would be hard to show differences between the early converts and today’s Christians? I mean, I’m sure Jesus didn’t envision all the holidays Christianity has now, nor all the wonderful Christian politicians and policy makers.

      Wasn’t his message more about including and defending those who were without privilege or power.

      Was it? Or has his message been glossed over by believers cherry picking verses to suit their message?

      And wasn’t his willfulness to die an act of surrendering privilege verses garnering it for himself or his religious cronies?

      Why, that’s a good question. It’s almost like we have a completely accurate depiction of the life and times of Jesus the Christ, instead of propaganda written decades after his death.

      If this were indeed the case, wouldn’t it then be possible to read Jesus and buttress the same thoughts that this billboard claims?

      I wonder if you’re even looking at this in context, but no matter. Christianity today is not the Christianity of Jesus’ time, I’m sure we can agree?

      Isn’t it possible, and beautifully ironic that the atheist and Jesus have more in common than most Christians or Atheists would suppose.

      You’d have to demonstrate that as well. If anything, wouldn’t Orthodox Judaism have more in common with Jesus?

  • Rich Wilson

    Oh, Well Done Sir!


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