is your god a trickster?

is your god a trickster? September 30, 2013
trickster god cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
“Trickster God” (drawing by nakedpastor David Hayward)

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Do you feel damned if you do and damned if you don’t?

Does it seem that no matter what steps you take you will be labeled a sinner and consigned to discipline?

Can the god you’ve been delivered be trusted?

The fears surrounding our ideas of God can be enormous and debilitating.

And there are those who know how to use these fears to their advantage.

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  • Pat68

    They not only use them to their advantage, often they’re behind instilling them in the first place.

  • Al Cruise

    They took grace and turned it into an old testament law.

  • Lol. Hilarious.

  • Well, if you change the question to…”Is your dog a trickster dog?” then…
    1. my dog’s name is Loki
    2. my dog is a husky mix
    yes, my dog is a trickster dog.

  • Hilarious !

    Nicely done David.

    Heck, I could see a book for you:

    “Cartoon Theologies”

    You could address all the variants of Christian theological knots humorously.

    Then, when you get braver, you could do the sillinesses of other religions.

    Your Z theory is my favorite cartoon theology — no traps, no tricks, no puzzles.

    But here is my question, if we were going to put Jesus in this series of pics,

    How would the different theologies represent him?

    I have my ideas — but you are so much better!

  • Also, it is interesting that you put temptation hanging from a tree.
    Isn’t that the Genesis story?
    BTW, I think one of the strongest arguments against an all-knowing, loving creator god is that Cocaine is bad for you. But i guess that is why it is a sin too.
    But it does seem like a nasty little trap.

  • Carol

    Grace is what its all about for me. And Love. We are all saints AND sinners and that is why we need forgiveness and to forgive. Makes the world go round…

  • You continue to hit the nail on the head for me. The feeling of never measuring up drove me from the church feeling like a complete failure. I am trying to pick up the pieces some years later… Your posts help with that! Thank you!

  • This reminds me of that scene in the python movie “Search for the Holy Grail” where the bridge keeper asks the three questions to each knight and if they don’t answer the questions right, they get tossed down into the depths below.

    I like what Authur did 🙂

  • Cecilia Davidson

    -tries to answer the 5 questions-
    THREE questions …

  • JenellYB

    For me, that is entirely accurate about the God of the religion I grew up in, and most people I know are still in. Damned if you do and damned if you don’t and impossible double-binds and more ways to twist even the most innocent of matters, even people’s being victimized and wounded, into their own damnation. AND, with that used as a tool to manipulate, coerce, hurt and harm. Cognitively, rationally, I’ve rejected that false god. But will I ever recover fully psychologically, emotionally? No, I have accepted I never really will, at least in this lifetime. And it is a constant complication in any relationships with those that still embrace that god, that manipulative theology, which they carry into their daily interactions with others. Because its all they know.

  • Alethea Eason

    This has been THE major issue of my life. And though I can let go of this intellectually, I have not been able to emotionally. I think I’m just getting what grace means when I can believe in God.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    This is the biggest issue I’ve had, quite honestly. I cannot reconcile the idea of a god punishing people for being curious about what, exactly, IS bad.

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  • warza

    Brilliantly said. Once the programming has worked it’s way into you, I don’t think there’s anyway to completely recover. The best you’ll manage to do is stay wary and educated, and experience the rest of your life through 2 separate layers simultaneously: the new layer that’s based on awareness of reality around you, and underneath, the old layer, constantly trying to over-ride you with all the nasty self condemning soundbites. What makes it tougher, is the realization that most other people do not have to go through life with the same exhaußting process.

  • Livin

    You have two options. Either you have free will and sin is doing your own will instead of God’s will. If you do not want to do God’s will then you are on your own(Hell). Either way what you do or do not do is your will and choices for good or bad.
    Or everything is deterministic(by either God or Physics) and nothing you can or can’t do matters.

  • L O L !!

  • Gary

    Such silly declarative and totally unsubstantiated statements always crack me up.

    Some people are so clueless that they have no clue how clueless they are. (redundancy intentional)


  • Damn, we didn’t just agree, did we Gary? I’ve got a reputation to maintain, dude!

  • Gary

    LOL – I noticed it too.

  • Disqus let’s us edit — now I have to decide if I want to take it all back! 😉

  • Livin

    Either the multi-verse is a clock(Calvinist-Deist) or random billard balls(Atheist) or you have a God that allows your will to affect reality in a real way.
    There are no other options.

  • Gary

    Uhm…yeah we all get that either there IS a god or there ISN’T one. (Well Duh!!) (Your THIRD option out of 2 is a bit whacky though…LOL)

    It is in your conclusions that follow where your train derails.

  • Livin

    If either the Calvinists,Deists,or Athiests are correct you have no will and love,hate,all of life is already determined and has no meaning just as a billiard ball hitting in the same way will produce the same result and have just as much meaning.

  • Gary

    Who said ANY of them were correct? They represent very limited philosophies in a big world of understanding.

  • Either Livin is right about everything or it is turtles all the way down.
    Hey, I can play this game too!

  • Cecilia Davidson

    I’m getting the feeling you’re just following me to attack/demean

  • Agni Ashwin

    That’s just like my God, except the lake of fire is a lake of dark, 95% cacao, chocolate.

  • Cecilia Davidson

    It feels like entrapment.

  • Alethea Eason

    Interesting way to put it. Trapped.