Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ and a lax god

October 28, 2021 • 8:35 am

Today’s Jesus and Mo was supposed to arrive on Wednesday, but I think the author/artist is still on vacation, for this week’s strip is a repeat from 2006. That was in the antedeluvian era before this website began:

At any rate, here the barmaid judges God’s parenting skills and finds them wanting.

7 thoughts on “Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ and a lax god

  1. Nanny McPhee is a 2005 UK film starring and written by the lovely and talented Ms. Emma Thompson. I’m not sure the reference has aged that well for most 2021 readers, at least on this side of the pond.

    1. As a father of 2 young ‘unruly’ children without a mother, I must say i kinda liked that film (didn’t read the story though).

  2. Give the deity his due. The conventional interpretation is that if Adam and Eve didn’t eat the fruit, they *wouldn’t* die – ever. If your baseline is immortality, going down to a few hundred years lifespan seems like a pretty severe outcome. It doesn’t seem too misleading to describe that big decline in prospects as “you will die”.

    1. If you read the whole story, You’ll see it was never implied that Adam and Eve were immortal by default. In order not to die, they needed to eat the fruit of the “Tree of Life”. Furthermore, God gave a time scale for the death

      And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. …. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” ~~ Genesis 2 NRSV

      Adam would die the same day as he ate of the Tree of Good and Evil.

      It’s worth pointing out that this warning was delivered before God even made Eve, so she didn’t hear it, at least, not from God. Also, God didn’t see fit to explain to Adam what death is.

      It is the act of expulsion from the Garden of Eden that condemns Adam and Eve to death (eventually) by denying them access to the Tree of Life.

      Then the Lord God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” ~~ Genesis 3 NRSV

      Note that this is not part of the punishment. God had already handed out Adam’s punishment.

        1. I thought you got it from listening to Christians. It’s a common argument they use when it’s pointed out that God lied about Adam dying on the day he ate the fruit. I think very few of them have actually read the story of the Fall.

  3. IIRC. Nanny McPhee lost her warts and protruding teeth as the children became better behaved… in the end she was blemish free and perfect and left when the job was done that is, well behaved kids.
    In the case of deities, WE mortals are left with the warts and ugly behaviours and worse, those deities won’t GO AWAY!

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