Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ slavery

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “slave,” came with the email message, “Yes, okay, Mohammed profited from slavery – but that’s no excuse to make fun of him. Show some respect, for God’s sake.” (To read a bit more about Mohammed’s views on slaves, go here.)

The statue incident the boys are referring to happened in Bristol; the BBC describes it here.

And Mo has a good point:

 

10 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted June 10, 2020 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Precisely … oh wow… I’m just letting this sink in…brilliant!

  2. alexander
    Posted June 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    There are plenty of statues of Christ however…

    From the Bible:
    “The other favorite came from the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, VI, 5-7: “Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” (Paul repeated himself, almost word for word, in the third chapter of his Epistle to the Colossians.)”

    Source: https://time.com/5171819/christianity-slavery-book-excerpt/

    • Posted June 10, 2020 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      I never cared much what Saul said, anyway. ^_^

    • Posted June 11, 2020 at 3:29 am | Permalink

      OK, I looked up a version that was written in English.

      Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.

      And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

      I have a few points on this.

      First, it is Paul speaking, not Jesus. Paul never met Jesus, so likely did not know Jesus’ views on slavery. In fact, there is no record of Jesus’ views on slavery – if there were, they would likely to be confused and contradictory (c.f. “render unto caesar” and “no man can serve two masters”).

      Secondly, Paul believed in Jesus as an apocalyptic prophet. He was pretty sure the World was going to end soon and that there was therefore no point in trying to free the slaves.

      Thirdly, and perhaps this is the only point that matters, it’s likely the neither Colossians nor Ephesians were written by Paul.

  3. rickflick
    Posted June 10, 2020 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Of course there are no statues. It is a sin to depict God. This is so he gets a free pass.

    • Posted June 11, 2020 at 3:34 am | Permalink

      Mohammed is not God, just his last prophet on Earth.

      As for it being a sin to depict God

      That lightning bolt will be descending on the Sistine Chapel any… time… about… now…

      Hmm, clearly God doesn’t really care about depicting him.

      • rickflick
        Posted June 11, 2020 at 8:12 am | Permalink

        It seems the Muslims decided it’s a sin to depict God’s surrogate either. I’ve never seen a statue of either. There are a few old-timey images of Mo. From the time before they had gotten around to all the taboos.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted June 10, 2020 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Biting and brilliant.

  5. zytigon
    Posted June 11, 2020 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    When asked if he was worried about statues of himself being toppled he might have been made to reply, “No because it is widely feared that brutality will be upon anyone who did so”

    Sometimes scriptures are put on a pedestal and regarded like Paper idols. The way to tear down such idols is through recognizing that they contain a large mixture of ideas and by being aware of which bits of scripture have been falsified by fact based science.

    On critical evaluation some ideas in scripture might be viewed as acceptable or useful where as others might be regarded as objectionable, hazardous or just irrelevant etc. Scriptures can be cherry picked to various ends.


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