God at gunpoint

God at gunpoint.

These guys are using the bible to hold God hostage. They are using the bible to affirm their own ideas about God, then imposing these ideas on God. Their God is not free, but a god who does everything they believe and say.

Convenient and rampant. But catastrophic.

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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.

  • Gary

    Oh my…This may be my favorite of everything you have done yet.

    So much truth here.


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  • Vie

    Throughout every doctrinal problem I’ve had with a lot of christians, this has almost certainly been the centre of all of them.

    They want to make God in their own image, conforming to their ideals, backing up their own prejudices and traditional or cultural beliefs.

    It’s pretty sad to see really.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    This is a true depiction of what many Christians do to God, using the Bible.

    God is free. Free to save REAL sinners (regardless of how well they live up to the Christian faith, or not)

    The Bible is God’s Word, that is true. But we ought never turn it into a lawnmower manual for living. It is a rescue, and love story for a world that desperately needs a Savior.

  • julie

    This is the kind of thing that tires me out…that mindset. I wonder how much we all push our idea of God on others? I’m pretty strong in my view of God, that he is love and this seems to really bother people as much as their judgement God bothers me…

  • http://www.buzzdixon.com buzz

    Wow! Thou smote that nail squarely on the head! Bravo!

  • Skip

    God created man in his own image and man returned the favor.

  • Janet Abel

    I really love your blog- so I’m checking out your books- thanks for doing what you do. I’m a UCC pastor and palliative care chaplain.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    Hi Janet. Thanks so much. Nice to meet you.

  • http://www.unnameablecuriosity.wordpress.com Christine

    Oh, Steve. If only that sounded like anything else you say around here…

  • https://www.facebook.com/#!/david.hayward.52?sk=info David

    14 years ago today my son, Jacob, was shot and killed. I had to find a true connection with God and did find a lot of Hope and Faith.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    wow david, thanks for sharing.

  • http://dmergent.org/2012/04/13/reclaiming-easter/ Doug Sloan


    I share the same grief and struggle.


  • Brad

    and those people are called christians.

  • http://dmergent.org/2012/02/17/reclaiming-education/ Doug Sloan


    Here is my story.

    RECLAIMING FORGIVENESS – it’s personal


  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com Sabio Lantz

    Brilliant cartoon, David !
    That one guy who is standing infront of the guy with the bullhorn seems to be think, “Wait, what the heck are we doing?”

  • Mad =^..^= (AKA ccws)

    Robert Price ‘The Bible Geek” has referred to the Bible as “This Paper Idol.” He’s right. Bibliolatry – treating the written word (graphos) as somehow more important than the living Word (logos) – is idolatry.

  • Lester

    God is just whatever we imagine God to be. God fits our mold because we’re the one’s who create God.

    That is not my view of God; it’s just an atheist/freethinkers viewpoint I’ve read somewhere.

  • Sam

    And god is powerless to stop them.