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Imagine if Jesus were a vegan…
– how many of us would be pounding down quarter-pounders with cheese while claiming to be a true follower?
– how many of us would be guzzling down gallon milk shakes while claiming to be faithful?
– sucking on sushi
– muching on meatballs
– tearing at T-bones
all the while saying “oh no not me I’m no hypocrite I am a good vegan unlike those other people who claim to follow him but are really only vegetarians.
“I eat all the things that Jesus told me to eat.
“I eat that vegan shrimp
“I drink that vegan milk
“I cut that vegan cheese
“Yessir that’s me! One hundred and one percent pure Jesus vegan! Nothing false or untrue about me!
“Lemme prove it!
“Gimme that all beef vegan hot dog!
“Gimme a triple scoop vegan ice cream cone!
“Pass those freshly laid vegan eggs!
“I’m a vegan just like Jesus. In fact, I’m the only person who has ever really followed Jesus’ vegan teachings. I’m the only true vegan there is!”
…and on that day Jesus
will look at us and say
“WTF are you? GTFO.”
I believe there is a Prime Mover behind the universe, a transcendent consciousness we Western Christians commonly call God.
By definition, an eternal & infinite conscious which by nature is constantly aware of every iota of its creation.
A consciousness which on occasion has made its presence known much like bonsai masters make their presence known to their trees.
I believe the teachings of the rabbi we refer to today as Jesus Christ are a manifestation of what the Prime Mover desires for us. I believe nothing is forbidden if it is done from love (and the Golden Rule is the first litmus test in that).
I believe the physical universe behaves under a set of observable scientific principles, and many of the things the Bible refers to as miracles are either a transcendent Prime Mover alerting people to a natural event ahead of time, or a rare but nonetheless statistically inevitable event occurring at a time that benefits the observers.
That being said, I think there are times when the Prime Mover acts directly in human affairs.
But the most important thing in my mind is this:
All of the above is trivia if we do not love and care for one another as the Prime Mover loves and cares for us; to love one another is to love God, and to love God is to love one another.
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.
today you shout “Muslim!”
yesterday you shouted “Communist!”
and before that it was “******-lover!”
we’re tired of hearing it
we’re tired of you
I’d tell you to go to hell
but you’re already there
I’m moderating the annual Spiritual Themes In Comics panel for the Christian Comics Art Society at this year’s WonderCon in Anaheim on Friday, April 3, at 12 noon. It’s my understanding there are no badge sales at the door, and all badge purchases must be online.
Make no mistake: if He rose at all
it was as His body;
if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the molecules
reknit, the amino acids rekindle,
the Church will fall
It was not as the flowers,
each soft Spring recurrent;
it was not as His Spirit in the mouths and fuddled
eyes of the eleven apostles;
it was as His flesh: ours.
The same hinged thumbs and toes,
the same valved heart
that–pierced–died, withered, paused, and then
regathered out of enduring Might
new strength to enclose.
Let us not mock God with metaphor,
analogy, sidestepping transcendence;
making of the event a parable, a sign painted in the
faded credulity of earlier ages:
let us walk through the door.
The stone is rolled back, not papier-mâché,
not a stone in a story,
but the vast rock of materiality that in the slow
grinding of time will eclipse for each of us
the wide light of day.
And if we will have an angel at the tomb,
make it a real angel,
weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair,
opaque in the dawn light, robed in real linen
spun on a definite loom.
Let us not seek to make it less monstrous,
for our own convenience, our own sense of beauty,
lest, awakened in one unthinkable hour, we are
embarrassed by the miracle,
and crushed by remonstrance.
(found at Centre For Public Christianity)
This one is for my co-religionists, so here’s a cute animated gif of a bouncing cube of red jello for the non-Christians.
I’ll see the rest of you after the jump.