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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://www.ragingrev.com Matt Oxley

    I notice how his eyes are closed.

    That guy was me, eventually I made room.

  • http://brainatthedoor.blogspot.com Hugh

    The sad thing is that those light bulbs can light up the Bible and make it live.

  • http://exlibris1.wordpress.com Cory

    The sadder thing is that some people think this situation is a good thing. I used to be one of them.

  • Gary

    Great observation Cory. I used to be one of them as well.

  • Jana

    We often forget that those light bulbs can also be from God and more often than not, are…

  • http://www.sccpei.com andrew

    Brilliant cartoon David! This reflects my journey as well with head, heart and hearing God for situations that are new. so often I/we
    require fresh revelation that doesn’t contradict the Bible but requires MORE than the bible. The book of Acts continues to be written in the church. We are all part of the ‘big story’.

  • Pat Pope

    The canon is closed and so are some peoples’ minds.

  • Gary

    Yes the canon is closed. Still disputed, still debated, but apparently closed.

    Texts that have been proven to be forgeries have been included in the cannon…others kept out for political reasons. But none the less Christendom has deemed the book closed…at least at present.

    There is truth within the pages of the bible…but it is not The Truth. It merely points to The Truth!

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    All the goodies have become “brights”? Yes?

  • Connie

    This used to “be Me” also.
    Thank God the light shone so bright from the outside that it actually “got in”.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Is that right?

    I have heard of a great many brilliant men and women in all areas of life and every vocation who were devout Christians.

    Almost every college and univerity in America was founded by Christians. Not to mention most of the hospitals.

    Amazing…how short our memories can sometimes be.

    _____

    All of that is not to say that there aren’t closed minded and dull witted Christians. There are certainly those, as well.

    Just a little balance. It can be good!

  • shelly

    @Gary…

    Texts that have been proven to be forgeries have been included in the cannon…others kept out for political reasons. But none the less Christendom has deemed the book closed…at least at present.

    Can you elaborate on this a bit? I’m genuinely curious.

  • Gary

    When one reads up on the process of canonizing the
    NT in the first 3 centuries following Jesus resurrection it is difficult not to recognizing the debate and political battles that went in to identifying the 26 books we presently refer to as scripture. Yes we can simply accept that all the final decisions were governed by the Holy Spirit if we choose. (How fortunate that the Holy Spirit always went along with the majority…grin)

    Several of the Pauline Epistles have been conclusively proven NOT to have been written by him…others are very much in doubt. Even the Gospels were not likely written by the disciples whose name they bear. I do not say this to declare that they are invalid…just that naivete is required to believe that they are exactly as presented in the NT.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    Ya Steve… just to be clear… ALL my cartoons are universal, undeniable and indisputable proofs, no ifs ands or buts.

  • Helen

    What’s a ‘devout Christian’ as opposed to just ‘Christian’ ? Is it a mud, sticks, straw thing – do they get an extra gold pass or something? I always wonder about these ‘devout’ people – do their wives and children think as much of them as those who laud them?

  • bob

    I have heard of a great many brilliant men and women in all areas of life and every vocation who were devout Christians.

    No doubt. So have I. I have also encountered, and still do, daily, many Christians who are not so brilliant. Matter of fact, most are just as ignorant as I am.

    Almost every college and univerity in America was founded by Christians. Not to mention most of the hospitals.

    I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that the vast majority of the US population (when universities and hospitals were being built) was Christian. How different would the story be if that was not so? If 80-90% was Hindue or Muslim, who do you think would have founded the universities and hospitals??????

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    well well bob. welcome back. and about time. and with a perfect comment!

  • shelly

    Thanks, Gary! :)

  • http://asbojesus.wordpress.com jonbirch

    wonderful cartoon again, np!

    bob… in the uk, the health service is practically run by muslims and hindus at all levels and in all areas. every single machine our hospitals use could not work if it weren’t for the maths of islam. it was the cooperation of christians working with muslims to bring islamic brilliance to the west to add to our own knowledge base. the obvious conclusion to your argument would be that christians care, muslims and hindus don’t. hmmm, ghandi anyone?
    what i’m saying is, that big ideas, such as hospitals are a cooperative effort at very least. and there is no way of knowing who’d have built the hospitals and uni’s… just as there’s no way of knowing who’d have slaughtered the native american population and stolen their land. we’ll never know.

    in america they have hospitals, but it ain’t cheap for poor people to use them.

  • Christine

    BOB!! :D

  • Christine

    @Gary: Thanks. Needed that today. It’s been rather on my mind of late.

    I heard someone suggest yesterday that certain apocryphal material was left out because it wasn’t profitable for the faith… Just made me think there were a few more things that maybe shouldn’t have made the cut… (besides the obvious that those negotiators of the 3rd century probably didn’t really care about not making Jesus a misogynist…)

  • Amber

    That is SO great. There are so many ways I can relate to this picture. Glorious.

  • Amber

    I don’t interpret the picture to be saying the bible crowds out ideas, or that you can’t believe in the bible and be inventive.. I think that many people can relate to the idea of certain people choosing to take the bible as a means to not have to have think any longer. Blind faith= Reason and questions and critical thinking no longer have a place.


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