This is just my experience and a part of my journey. It may not be anything like yours, but you might relate some to this or maybe understand someone you know just a little better. This is the first of three Laser Eyes Jesus comic strips in a series, and they are mostly about moving from having a religious knowing of Jesus to having a relationship knowing of Jesus. Robots are not always robots, and volcanoes are not always volcanoes!
So what do you think about this “Ultimate Showdown”? Who will win? Will Nate’s robot stomp down Lydia’s volcano before Lydia’s volcano melts down Nate’s robot? Who gets the ribbon for “Best and Most Right”?
Some people try to kill God or say that there is no God to kill. Some choose science over religion.
Some people warp God’s image into something that He is not. Some choose religion over science.
I have been at both extremes. Theist and atheist. A killer of God and a warper of God’s image. A religious fanatic and a science fanatic. A creationist and an evolutionist. Unstable in all of my ways? You bet!
What is at the root of it all, at least in my own heart?
To a child, almost anything is possible. God created a wonderful universe. Children want to learn about that creation (like volcanoes), and they want to find out what they themselves can create (like robots).
Science was my friend! Bible story heroes were my friends too! I didn’t have to choose one or the other. In my mind they coexisted just fine, and I liked it that way.
It wasn’t until I got older that things changed.
I learned that I wasn’t much of a Bible story hero. I wanted to try unheroic things. I wanted to do things that I knew Jesus would have never done. Ever.
So at first, I tried killing God, ignoring Him really. I tried to make God homeless. “Get out of my life!” Then I tried to make God unemployed. “You’re not needed in my life! Go and be God for somebody else!” Finally I made God unrecognizable at least as far as anyone looking for the image of God in me was concerned. “I don’t want to look anything like you! I don’t want to be anything like you!” This is what “How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!” was about.
I had stomped all over the God I had known as a child and was left with a warped image of a god who seemed a lot like me, one that would let me do those unJesus things.
But it’s not so easy to just kill God like that because God does not let go of His own.
So then the Me-Burning Volcano took over, and was it ever a rigid, legalistic, all-consuming lava eruption! I was ready to burn up every evil in my life and every evil in anyone else’s life too! I had my Bible, God’s Holy Word, and “It’s clobberin’ time!” Except that only fed my desire to do more of those unJesus things.
But it was all fake and I knew it. It really didn’t matter which way I went…God-Stomping Robot or Me-Melting Volcano…I would eventually be frustrated and switch over to the other side, back and forth, back and forth.
Either way, I was doing unJesus things.
Next up…Laser Eyes Jesus #045 “Are Things More Alike Than We Realize?”
Thanks for reading!