Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

saint patrick's day cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“Happy Saint Patrick’s Day” (by nakedpastor, David Hayward)

You know the legend that attempts to explain why there are no snakes in Ireland, that Saint Patrick banished them all from Ireland after they attacked him during a fast.

Wouldn’t it be nice to just banish, not only your problems, but the source of your problems? Like Adam and Eve here… another legend with less fortunate results. Wouldn’t it be lovely to not only eliminate evil but the source of it as well?

Ah, the perpetual philosophical perplexity!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

PS: At The Lasting Supper today we’re having a Google Hangout at 2pm EST. I’m talking with Julia, a good friend of mine… with whom we pastored together the last church we’ve been a part of. I invite you to become a member.

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.

  • Carol

    I remember a St. Patrick’s Day card I received a few years back depicting Patrick uttering the words that drove the snakes out of Ireland: “Tastes a lot like chicken!”

    I recently read that Ireland is no longer free of snakes. It seems that, during the economic boom preceeding the bust, more than a handful of Irish people, like many noveau riche upper middleclass Americans, began spending some of their disposable incomes on imported exotic reptiles.

  • Ciera

    Spiders. I’d like to banish spiders to high corners I can’t reach…that way they can live and do their job without me worrying about spider bites in the middle of the night lol

  • http://theoldadam.com/ theoldadam

    I heard that before St. Patrick, there were no snakes in Ireland. But that he was spreading Christianity and thereby driving out pagans and other idol worshipers.

  • http://welcometoleftfield.blogspot.com jonathan pelton

    What do you think of the idea that evil doesn’t exist? That evil belongs in the same class of nouns as cold, dark, and void? The idea is that evil, in its purest form, is a state of nothingness, and what we see as evil and label as evil in our common experience is really a sort of entropy: reality breaking down and falling apart in both relational and physical ways, a movement toward nothingness?

  • Adam Julians

    Yeah it would be cool to not have evil in the world – for it to be eliminated.
    The only problem with that though would be the elimination of the freedom to choose between evil and good.

    So in the cartoon scenario God would have to eliminate the option to not do what he wanted. I guess the way I look at it is this – sometimes with my friends I can see what they are doing and how it harms thensemves and others. But I know they would resent it if I went in and tried to fix them with uninvited conduct and unsolicited advice, even if what I was to say or do would be to their advantage. So I just be a friend. walk the road with them and sometimes suffer too because of what they do because of the love I have for them.

    “greater love has no man than he lays down his life for his friends”. In God we see him giving a commandment to Adam and Eve to no eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. In Jesus we see the love of God in him suffering the consequences on the cross of humankind’s choices to go the ways of evil. I believe that evil was defeated that day and, its taking humankind time to make the choices not to do evil but come to a place of thriving, and peace for all. And that there is the greatest power in the universe at work in that I believe – the power of love.

    Oooo I feel all hippe now – though I was born too late for “flower power” ! :)


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