Sex, Violence, War, Betrayal, Blood and Guts. The Bible as it really is.

Sex, Violence, War, Betrayal, Blood and Guts. The Bible as it really is. September 13, 2015


Comics are not just for kids. They are collectors items that adults treasure into their old age. In this visually focussed world, they provide a new way to get people reading again. If you have seen Bible picture books before, the planned Bible Comic is nothing like them.

All too often we sanitize the Bible, and airbrush out the bits that modern culture doesn’t like. But the real bible is full of violence, sex, betrayal, blood and guts. Just the sort of thing the average older teen and young adult is interested in.

The Bible Comic describes itself as ‘not for children’ and is 15+ rated because it is true to the Bible and reveals its story warts and all. I have always thought that one of the most compelling things about the Word of God is just how honest it is. The heroes are revealed in all their complexity, and with their failures as much on display as their successes. How refreshing to see a graphical novel that accurately reflects the Author of the Bible’s intent. Why not play your part in allowing the Bible to live in a new compelling format?

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  • Jason Westerly

    Praise the Lord for murder, rape, torture, and slavery in the Bible. Christians have done well reading and emulating such a holy example. Praise Fox News Jesus for His wonderful love to us for hating!!!!!!!!!!

    • Joseph Porter

      Do you believe these things are wrong? If so, why?

      • Jason Westerly

        If I gave you a knife, would you cut my homosexual throat in the name of Jesus?

        • Joseph Porter

          Is it wrong to cut another’s throat?

          • Jason Westerly

            Obviously not in psychopath land. Is it wrong to burn people alive? Gunna set me up with a natural law leads me back to Jesus argument? Go learn about the categorical imperative.

          • Joseph Porter

            You seem pretty angry, Jason. Relax. Thanks for the suggestion. So, you believe that our non creator non designed (however that works) us to be rational beings which would produce these categorical imperatives?

          • Jason Westerly

            I’m not an atheist. But I find resorting to first causal arguments for rationality or other things to be rather lazy. Wittgenstein would likely call finding a syllogism that defined rationality to be saying that the discovery of endless loops proved God’s existence, and lo, we are back to Descartes redefinition of the problem as one purely rational. What confines us to Kant’s derivation of the c. Imperative as being rational?

          • Joseph Porter

            Lazy? Really? What’s the alternative, then? Unbridaled evolving brain activity that stumbles in to some objectively subjective rationality?
            Pardon me, I’m ignorant about these matters (the alternatives). I just find the idea of rationality divorced from a rational Creator/Designer to be really convenient for atheists, deists, and agnostics who want to have their cake (morality, ethics, purpose and meaning) and eat it too (renunciation of a personal, moral law giving Creator). Plus the Bible diagnosis why we do this and how foolish we end up being when we try suppress what’s plainly revealed about God.
            I hope that you hear my tone as inquisitive. I’ll check back tomorrow. Take care Jason, person made in the image of God, who happens to have been designed with a throat.

          • Jason Westerly

            I’ll prob write more later; I’m lazy in my use of “you” in the following.

            The first thing that comes to mind is Hans Kung’s assertion that both atheism and theism are equally rationally supportable or unsupportable. In other words, rationalism does no better proving God than disproving him. See his work “Does God Exist?”. I guarantee that you’ll come out the other side edifices and stronger, so don’t be afraid of it.

            Every atheist I know has a personal code of some form. And it could be argued that some of these people’s moral codes are of a higher morality that those of many Christians I know. The argument that atheists lack morals is very old and quite problematic. It is an old defense of theism that doesn’t hold its water Very well when put to analysis. As an example, while you can find atheists approving of abortion for birth control, you have to ask where it sits in their heirarchy of morals. While you will disagree with the reason, what will be given is a moral one. Instead of being a dingus and shutting down the conversation by telling them they have no morals, why not try to find out what they are? Another example is the efforts by Christians to reduce abortion by cutting off access, while at the same time introducing policies causing societal economic instability, and fighting every action at reducing unwanted pregnancies (the premiere cause of abortion), because they cannot countenance implantable birth control. They don’t like IUD’s, because an occasional zygote may be prevented from implanting, even though the mother’s body naturally discards dozens. In other words, you value sexual purity more than the life of a child. This stance in itself is grievous sin and immorality. At the same time I see atheists working desperately to reduce abortion numbers, and Christians preventing this work. You can guess who I find lacking in morals here.

            Another: Explain why so many Christians support economic policies that mirror old style social Darwinism? “Them thar poor lazy people don’t deserve health insurance -they didn’t earn it!!!” As the Republican saying goes. Since Jesus never personally gutted every poor sick person he met in the name of his god Adam Smith, perhaps Christian morality here is a joke. Funny that the most conservative of Christians appear to be the most selfish rapist pigs ever born not given the name ISIS.

            As for how atheists arrive at ethics? Again, look to the categorical imperative as measure of rationality-based morality. Essentially the thought goes that if you are going to do something, weigh what would happen if everyone were to behave the same way. If it causes no harm to anyone, then it is likely less problematic than if that sort of mass behavior were to harm someone. Lo and behold, ethics sans Theism. Then again, doesn’t natural law claim this is built into the nature of the universe? As for being a theist, why should I fear that morality might be viewable in God’s book of nature as well as in God’s book of revelation? Did not Paul argue the same point?

            Of course, the most magnificent argument for ethics, morality, and justice comes from John Rawls. It’s arrived at independently of theism and its critics merely bite at its heels. While primarily dealing with societal morality, it so soundly destroys Benthemite and Dewian Pragmatism, that we should see it uncovering the foundations of natural law itself.

            As for meaning existing without theism, what about existentialism as a start? Is that not an atheistic counter to nihilism? I guess I just don’t buy Nietzsche’s claim that our rationalism killed God by de-enchanting the universe. In other words, remind God killed meaning. Does our propensity for suffering as individuals and as a species remove our ability to create meaning in and of ourselves? As a theist, I would claim that is the image of the creator Himself. I guess I follow on from Kung in that the search for grounding of morality and meaning in some kind of either rationalism or revelation are far too easily argued against to use as pillars supporting much of God’s or Nothing’s weight. It works for doctrine to the masses, but the roots are pretty shallow and too easily dug up to survive a storm.

  • David Kemball-Cook

    Hi Adrian
    Thank you for raising this issue.
    Yes the Bible is full of sex, violence etc, but what you seem to airbrush out is that some of it is explicitly commanded by God. You said nothing in reply when I commented on your post on the OT about a year ago.
    I said then
    ‘You cite the story of David, in which God did not tell him to do the things he did, which we today might call evil. In this sense, you have chosen the easier type of story to comment on.
    But what do we say about the other incidents in the OT where God specifically commands the Israelites to slaughter everyone, including the woman and children (eg Num 31, Josh 6, 1 Sam 15)?
    You said “God seeks to bring order and peace to our world.” I don’t disagree, but I wonder what kind of peace the Israelites’ victims were getting.’

    I really don’t know what an evangelical can say, except that God really did command slaughter, sex slavery etc. because that is how God is. In other words that, as it were, his holiness trumps his goodness. Is that all that can be said?

    PS I apologise for confrontational tone when making the original post. I have just edited it to make it less so. Sorry about that.

  • Realist1234

    One thought came to mind – the fact that the Bible is being presented in ‘comic book’ form – aren’t most if not all other comic books fiction? It might give the wrong impression…

    • Bacchus

      Not really. John Paul II gave his approval to a comic book biography of himself. Christian publishers have produced comic books with Bible characters for years.

  • Hopefully the publisher is not JUT doing the book of Joshua. Joshua has a high body count for sure but by itself gives a very limited picture of God – which then becomes a misleading picture.

  • Great thoughts… The Bible is such a fascinating book, because it puts humanity on display so well. I’m thankful that Jesus is the image of God, the exact representation. Jesus is the one who reveals what God is like and corrects our faulty perceptions of a God who endorses our wars, endorses our hating of others, endorses our nationalism. God is like Jesus. God forgives his enemies. God loves. God touches the sinner and forgives the adulterer. God would rather die than kill those who are out to kill him… That’s the God I serve. The Bible leads me to Jesus, and Jesus leads me to God. I only found this through asking the questions fundamentalism tries to shut out –