Just Another Fun Little Stroll Down Memory Lane!

Just Another Fun Little Stroll Down Memory Lane!

This is just a quick snapshot summary of probably my favorite comic, “Laser Eyes Jesus” which was referenced in the previous post (bottom right corner).

“Laser Eyes Jesus” was the first comic strip I created. Originally he was intended to be all about legalistic punishment and the wrath of God, but he has actually evolved over time, much as I have through these posts.

The main character is Laser Eyes Jesus who was born around the same time as Real Life Jesus when everyone was looking for the promised Messiah. Real Life Jesus has so far been only mentioned as “that other guy on the next hill over there,” but His presence is felt in how gradually more grace flows into the life of Laser Eyes Jesus. (Eventually I plan for them to meet.)

From time to time the comic strip does “bend time” by including some modern items like pudding cups and Godzilla movies even though the setting is Roman-occupied Israel.

There is more to this character than what you would imagine. He is what I call “an unexpected hero.” To some people, the laser blasts might seem extreme, but he is just doing the best that he can to keep the comic strip’s children out of trouble, and those zaps really are harmless.

There are times when his inadequacies show, like when he believes that Godzilla is real, not a movie creation, and this is particularly disturbing to him. At times like that, it’s not that he is afraid the children will laugh at him and abandon him. Instead he worries about what will happen to them if he isn’t watching out for them.

There are five children who spend time with him every day. Lydia likes being right. Nate likes to be mischievous, and he really doesn’t care if he is right or not. Sarah is somewhat withdrawn, but when she does speak, she always has something valuable to say. Timmy is often bullied and never speaks. The Kid With No Name only says, “We love you, Laser Eyes Jesus.”

This comic strip has most often been about trying to show who Real Life Jesus IS by showing who He IS NOT, however there are times when Laser Eyes Jesus has it right! In that respect he reflects all of us as we find our way through life.

Thanks for reading!

John

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The Ultimate Showdown!

The Ultimate Showdown!

This is probably going to be one of those posts which may not make anyone happy because I’m not going to choose sides. It is beginning to feel like “The Ultimate Showdown” of my lifetime. (And I’m not talking about a school Science Fair with models of robots and volcanoes!)

In the United States, we kind of enjoy being polarized whether we admit it or not. We like knowing who’s on our side and who’s not. On top of that, as Christians, somehow we have taken the idea that “If the world is against you, then you must be on God’s side because the world is always against God” to the extreme.

At times I think some of us actually want to be persecuted and criticized just so we can feel like we are on God’s side, and if we are on God’s side, then we must be right. There are some who actually thrive on being “the dogmatic underdogs.”

So I’m not taking sides. I am going to stubbornly insist that my love of God and my love of science can coexist. Both are too vast and great for my mind to comprehend anyway, yet my mind can delight in them both.

I’m also going to stubbornly insist that my love for all that God has created (like volcanoes) and all that mankind has created (like robots) can coexist as well.

There seem to be two extremes. Either people totally believe science textbooks and throw away God’s Word, or they rigidly believe God’s Word and throw away science.

The ancient scrolls that became our Bible were never intended to be a physics textbook, but I do believe that they were written in an inspired way to convey truth in words that would best speak to readers and hearers at that time.

Here is the simplest reason why I believe God exists. It all has to do with the power of words.

(First Reader Alert: I am not a “God-said-it-that-settles-it” kind of guy when it comes to some things in the Bible. I’m not going to give up science in order to read the Bible in a fundamentalist way. I believe my love of science and my love of God’s Word can coexist.)

Genesis One is all about creation and God repeatedly saying “Let there be…” Everything He said just simply was. To me, this is letting me know that all we see (and don’t see) was created by God’s own words. Sort of unscientific, right?

But what about words? Words are sound waves…which are…vibrations. (Remember that word.)

For the topic of creation, a Physics textbook might be all about The Big Bang and maybe even String Theory. Sort of unreligious, right?

But what about The Big Bang? It was an expansion of space accompanied by…sound waves…which are…vibrations. (There’s that word again.)

And what about the strings of String Theory, the particles that make up everything? Strings are…(You guessed it!)…vibrations.

To me, it certainly seems like both my “unscientific” Bible and my “unreligious” Physics textbook are sort of saying the same thing but just with different words. So maybe I really can have both science and God!?!

More about those robots and volcanoes when Laser Eyes Jesus returns!

(Second Reader Alert: Laser Eyes Jesus is NOT the same as Real Life Jesus. He just happens to have been born at the same time as Real Life Jesus and with a remarkable pair of laser beam eyes. Although he does make a lot of mistakes, he does care deeply about the children who visit him. By the way, those laser eye blasts are basically harmless. Seriously. No children, not even comic strip children, are ever actually harmed in the making of the comic strip.)

Thanks for reading!

John

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“Live4Him” by J. David Peever which can be found at https://live4him.ca

“Writer’s Envy” by Will Pennington which can be found at https://writersenvy.me

How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!

How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!

(Reader Alert: This post is not in anyway intended to be anti-science, anti-scientist, or anti-scientific knowledge. But you will probably figure that out for yourself.)

I have been reading my way through “Why Christianity Must Change Or Die” by John Shelby Spong. While I don’t agree with all of his conclusions (just as I don’t expect you to agree with all of my conclusions), I appreciate how this book has caused me to examine my thinking.

Here are three very brief summaries of his discussion about how the works of three important scientists changed the way people view the world, themselves, and God. I found this part of the book very interesting, and my comments appear in parentheses. (To me, these scientists were just seeking answers; they did not set out to destroy anyone’s faith or to kill God. But others have tried to use their words and ideas to do that.)

Galileo’s work changed how we view the structure of the universe. Earth is not the center of the universe, and all heavenly bodies do not revolve around the earth. With this knowledge, it became more difficult to think of God and Heaven as being right up there above us and Hell as being right down there below us. There is no longer a three-tiered model of the universe. As our telescopes have become stronger, we have pushed God farther and farther out into the distant recesses of empty space. (To me, this is like making God homeless.)

Isaac Newton’s work changed how we view what makes the universe work the way that it does. With the discovery of fixed laws that control everything, it became harder to think of God as the divine power necessary to make everything work properly or to protect us from the forces of nature. (To me, this is like making God unemployed.)

Charles Darwin’s work changed the way we view ourselves. If humans are basically no different from other animals, just more highly evolved, then we are no longer the pinnacle of God’s created lifeforms; we are just one of many without the likeness of God. (To me, this is like making God unrecognizable.)

I am looking forward to completing this book and seeing how the author resolved many of the questions he raised. In the meantime…Homeless. Unemployed. Unrecognizable.

Does that sound like anyone?

Homeless.

Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” (Matthew 8:20 NASB)

Unemployed.

So they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (John 19:15 NASB)

Unrecognizable.

Just as many were astonished at you, My people,
So His appearance was marred more than any man
And His form more than the sons of men. (Isaiah 52:14 NASB)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if we choose to, we really can kill God, but it is not done with words from science, it is done with words from man’s heart. The words in man’s heart made Jesus homeless, unemployed, and unrecognizable. The words in man’s heart killed Jesus.

Man’s heart can still attempt to kill the Resurrected Jesus, but He is and always will be the Lord Of Life.

Thanks for reading!

John

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“Live4Him” by J. David Peever which can be found at https://live4him.ca

“Writer’s Envy” by Will Pennington which can be found at https://writersenvy.me

The Power of Words!

The Power Of Words!

Recently I watched the film “1984” based on George Orwell’s famous novel. I was familiar with “Big Brother is watching you,” however I had never read the book.

The main character, Winston Smith, works in the misnamed Ministry of Truth in a dystopian world where workers removed words, altered photographs, changed history, and even deleted all records of individuals, thus making them “unpersons.” The Ministry of Truth is not at all about truth, but no one would want to say that out of fear.

Some words had been removed from everyone’s vocabulary and replaced by other words from a government-approved vocabulary called “newspeak.” No one ever wanted to be accused of what was called a thoughtcrime. It wasn’t just saying certain words and expressing certain ideas that would jeopardize your life, thinking them (or just being accused of thinking them) could get you killed.

To me, this story showed what life would be like if God was removed first from our words, then from our minds, and finally from our hearts since whoever controls our words could also “kill God.”

For me, removing God is the same as removing all hope. The world in “1984” is a world with no hope, a world where whatever you do, there is only pain and eventual death.

Words are powerful. They are perhaps our greatest tool. They can create, and they can destroy. Words can be used to build faith in God, but they can also be used to kill God, at least in our minds and hearts.

So today’s graphic points to the irony of how the same things God used to create all we see (and don’t see) can also be used to kill God…words. (More about that in a future post with perhaps a different perspective than what you might expect!)

Here in the United States, we may overlook places in the world where words about Jesus Christ can be limited or even forbidden, but those places exist. It is as if no one says anything about Jesus, then He doesn’t exist. He is an “unperson” and an “ungod.”

Here in the United Stated, the words “Jesus” and “Christ” have become almost swear words, limiting their power, respect, and reverence. It doesn’t offend me when people do this. I don’t see it as an attack on my faith. (Maybe I should? But then there is Premise One: God can take care of God.) Instead of being angered, I am saddened to think when someone uses the words “Jesus” and “Christ” in this way they are perhaps distancing themselves just a little more from knowing Real Life Jesus and slowly “killing God” as a presence in their life.

And yet even then…

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1-3 (KJV)

As long as the heavens are above me declaring the glory of God, those words will prevail, and I have hope.

Thanks for reading!

John

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“Live4Him” by J. David Peever which can be found at https://live4him.ca

“Writer’s Envy” by Will Pennington which can be found at https://writersenvy.me

Just A Little Stroll Down Memory Lane!

Just A Little Stroll Down Memory Lane!

This is just a quick snapshot summary of one of my favorite comics, “The Lloyd Servant Show” which was referenced in the previous post (bottom right corner). With a full page format and graphic novel feel, it has been perhaps the most challenging to create.

The main character is Bradley Martin, known to his television fans as “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd.” This villainous televangelist is joined on the show by his glamorously telegenic wife, Bradeena Martin.

He will do anything to build his personal empire while Bradeena seems to be clueless as she tells her viewers repeatedly, “I love you so!”

It would be foolish for Lloyd Servant to want to kill God. For him, God is an endless bountiful goldmine, and anyone who doesn’t believe in God is passing up an opportunity to get wealthy…or to make others wealthy! He also enjoys using God as a way to get people to do whatever he wants them to do. He sees nothing wrong with warping the image of God if it serves his own purposes since “God rewards faith, and faith in a warped image is better than no faith at all. Right?”

This comic strip has always been about reminding readers to think for themselves, to ask questions, and to guard their minds and hearts.

Thanks for reading!

John

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“Live4Him” by J. David Peever which can be found at https://live4him.ca

“Writer’s Envy” by Will Pennington which can be found at https://writersenvy.me