Killing God In Five Comic Strips

One of the challenges I’ve found has been trying to present comic strips in sequential order. They naturally post with most recent first at the top, and that works great for single topic posts. It just gets tough when there is a sequence. If you are a new or first-time reader, you won’t easily know what has led up the present comic strip. It’s not always easy to find the first in the series. This is an attempt to make that easier.

Select the thumbnail image or link to go to the comic strip where you’d like to start reading, then you can advance through the series.

We Have Finally Killed God!

Savage (Salvaged) Comics #001 “We Have Finally Killed God!” The main point of this comic strip is that some people may try to remove God from our minds and hearts and other people may try to warp God’s image in our minds and hearts. Both an atheist and a theist might agree that the latter is the worst. Maybe there are a few false ideas about God rattling around in my mind that need to be “Killed”?

The Power Of Words!

Savage (Salvaged) Comics #002 “The Power Of Words!” The main point here is words have the power to create and to destroy. It 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.

How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!

Savage Salvaged Comics #003 “How To Kill God In Three Easy Steps!” This comic strip points out that science and religion are not necessarily enemies by looking at the work of three important scientific thinkers and how some people might try to use their work to kill God. We 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.

The Ultimate Showdown!

Savage (Salvaged) Comics #004  “The Ultimate Showdown!” This comic post launched a sidetrip to a series of five Laser Eyes Jesus comic strips which explores faith and fear. To take that sidetrip now, here’s a post for that!

I Am In Charge Of God! I Am In Charge Of Me!

Savage (Salvaged) Comics #005  “I Am In Charge Of God! I Am In Charge Of Me!” This final comic strip in the series explores how the real tyrant in our lives can be the god we create within ourselves, My-God-Me. Only Real Life Jesus, I believe, can rescue me from the tyranny of My-God-Me.

Thanks for reading!

John

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Faith and Fear (In Five Short Comic Strips)

One of the challenges I’ve found has been trying to present comic strips in sequential order. They naturally post with most recent first at the top, and that works great for single topic posts. It just gets tough when there is a sequence. If you are a new or first-time reader, you won’t easily know what has led up the present comic strip. It’s not always easy to find the first in the series. This is an attempt to make that easier.

Select the thumbnail image or link to go to the comic strip where you’d like to start reading, then you can advance through the series.

The Volcano-Stomping Robot vs. The Robot-Melting Volcano!

Laser Eyes Jesus #044 “The Volcano-Stomping Robot vs. The Robot-Melting Volcano!” The main point of this comic strip is we are all naturally most concerned with ourselves and getting things that will ensure our happiness and pleasure. It’s all about survival, even if our own getting blocks our neighbor’s getting.

Are We All More Alike Than We Realize?

Laser Eyes Jesus #045 “Are Things More Alike Than We Realize?” The main point here is we create justifications for our actions to get what we want. We can sometimes treat God as if He doesn’t exist (killing God) because we want Him to do something that He isn’t doing. We can sometimes treat God as if He is what He is not (warping God’s image) because we can threaten others with what He might do.

Two More For The Museum Of Abandoned Science Fair Projects!

Laser Eyes Jesus #046 “Two More For The Museum Of Abandoned Science Fair Projects!” This comic strip points out that we are going to run into dead ends, particularly when we aren’t waiting on God in faith and trust. When we hit a dead end, our natural inclination is to try to take over and exert our own power in a situation to manipulate the outcome any way that we can. Instead we need to humble ourselves and hold fast to Jesus.

First Epilogue: Whatever Happened To Larry And Brenda?

Laser Eyes Jesus #047 “First Epilogue: Whatever Happened To Larry And Brenda?” Here is a happy ending comic strip, just because one seemed to be needed. It also points out that sometimes opposite positions can sometimes produce pleasant compromises, even in the form of baby multi-purpose appliances!

Second Epilogue: A Night Of Wrestling With Fear

Laser Eyes Jesus #048 “Second Epilogue: A Night Of Wrestling With Fear” This final comic strip in the series shows a different side to the character Laser Eyes Jesus, and for regular readers, you know this happens mostly at night when the only two children left. This comic strip series has been about overcoming fear and dead ends by following the example of Jesus. It is not a step-by-step process. There really is only one step: know Real Life Jesus.

Thanks for reading!

John

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Second Epilogue: A Night Of Wrestling With Fear

Second Epilogue: A Night Of Wrestling With Fear

This is the second epilogue and the fifth and final comic strip in this series. Because it has explored how fear can lead us to abandoning God or warping God’s image into what He is not, it seemed right to explore that one last time.

In “Are Things More Alike Than We Realize?” Nate says he is tired of being afraid of Roman soldiers and what they do to people. That’s why he just wants God to DO something. There were a lot of people who wanted Jesus to DO something about the Roman occupation of Israel. They wanted Him to be King of Israel, drive out the Romans, and restore peace and prosperity.

Have you ever been in a place where you just wanted God to DO something? Anything? Just as long as it changed the situation in some way? (Hopefully for the better since after all He is God and God is good and all of that?)

I can’t imagine what it would have been like growing up during that time period and seeing people so often beaten and tortured, hanging on crosses…alway wondering “Could that happen to me? Could I be next?”

And yet, those fearful questions have now become an American fear as our children are growing up with school mass shootings and wondering “Could that happen to me? Could I be next?” How are we dealing with that fear?

Maybe some of us are turning our backs on God and saying, “How can a loving God allow this to keep happening? I can’t believe in this God.”

Maybe some of us are warping God’s image by saying, “How can God NOT allow more school massacres? This is all because of how sinful the American society has become and if He does stop the shootings, then that would mean He approved of our sinful society.”

Neither is correct. I don’t have a way out though. Another DEAD END on the journey. But I don’t want to make this all about gun violence in schools because it’s just one example of many fears.

In all things pertaining to life, I believe, Real Life Jesus is our one true example, model, and guide. He faced fear one night in a garden called Gethsemane.

…and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. (Luke 22:42-44 NASB)

We don’t have a complete record of what Jesus was thinking and feeling, but I’m fine with that. In this comic strip, Laser Eyes Jesus does present one possibility, but that was simply what came to my mind as I was putting it together visually. “What would saving the whole world look like?” The Cross of Jesus definitely looked like a DEAD END to at the time, didn’t it?

Actually I think it’s a good thing we don’t have that complete record of what Jesus was thinking and feeling in the Garden of Gethsemane since agony and fear and anguish are all deeply personal and individual. Not knowing completely prevents me or anyone else from turning this into “How To Conquer Fear In Three Easy Steps Just Like Jesus!” It encourages us to look to Jesus and hold fast to Jesus Himself, not what someone else has said about Jesus.

But I can say without a doubt Jesus is with you in your anxiety and fear. He will not leave you or forsake you. He will be there through it all with you. He may not DO anything like what you want Him to do. But He is not going to abandon you. He is not going to change His love for you.

For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15 NASB)

He has been there. He has faced the things that make us feel weak and helpless. He did not fail. He can help us do the same. This, I believe, is Real Life Jesus. Hold fast to Him.

Thanks for reading!

John

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First Epilogue: Whatever Happened To Larry And Brenda?

First Epilogue: Whatever Happened To Larry And Brenda?

Just one more epilogue left, and then this will all be wrapped up, hopefully, with one last look at the “We Have Finally Killed God!” Guy from the beginning of this series…way back before we took a detour with “Laser Eyes Jesus.”

Sometimes there really are happy endings after all…even if nobody wins a Science Fair ribbon! It just didn’t seem right to send Larry and Brenda off to The Museum Of Abandoned Science Fair Projects without saying a little more about them.

Since these two have been presented as “opposites,” it seemed like there would ultimately be an attraction like magnets. Sort of scientific, right? After all, you might imagine Brenda the Volcano would be somewhat of a “hothead” while Larry the Robot would be “as cold as ice.” It turns out, Brenda is the logical and practical one while Larry is the wildly emotional one! Maybe opposites really do attract?!?

Is there a lesson here? Maybe. Maybe not.

Could it be that we often can not anticipate how God will work things out? And that when we try to force God work things out (preferably our way), we are only going to end up frustrating ourselves?

Could God be working towards something bigger than what any of us can possibly imagine? Hmm… Maybe so!

And yet even in our fears and anxieties, something good can come out of it, right? Like those cute little multi-purpose appliances!

Bedtime story is over. Next Up…Laser Eyes Jesus #048 “Second Epilogue: A Night Of Wrestling With Fear”

Thanks for reading!

John

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Are We All More Alike Than We Realize?

Are We All More Alike Than We Realize?

This is the second of three Laser Eyes Jesus comic strips in a series, and they are mostly about moving from having a religious knowing of Jesus towards having a relationship knowing of Jesus.

So what do you think? If you had to choose the best reason for winning a Science Fair ribbon, whose would you select?

Even though Nate and Lydia give different reasons why their Science Fair project should win, their underlying motivation is the same. They are both trying to deal with fear.

Nate’s reason behind his Volcano-Stomping Robot is that he is tired of waiting for God to do something about what he sees as the biggest problem in his life. He is afraid of what will happen if God doesn’t act. He wants God to just DO something to change what is troubling him. If God won’t act, then he will. Even though what he wants (freedom from oppression) is good and desirable, his plan involves going even so far as to removing God from his mind and his heart. Nate’s plan to handle fear is to take control himself, even if he kills God to get what he wants.

Lydia’s reason behind her Robot-Melting Volcano is also fear, but she is afraid of what will happen if God does act because then she will lose control. She has discovered that there is manipulative power in just saying that God will do something to the people and situations that she doesn’t like, so she uses God’s inaction to her advantage. She is “God’s Biggest Fan” and so God will do whatever she wants Him to do, especially to the people that she doesn’t like. Lydia’s plan to handle fear is to take control over God, even if she warps the image of God in her mind and heart. She believes that taking power over God will get what she wants for herself.

What if all of our problems and conflicts are really are just about fear?

That’s not so different from what we read in the Bible about the Garden of Eden, is it? Whether you believe it is an absolutely true account or a myth about two people who never existed, one of the many underlying themes in the story of Adam and Eve is fear.

To me, Eve was afraid that God was withholding something good and that maybe God couldn’t be trusted, and so she ate the forbidden fruit. To me, Adam was afraid that he would lose Eve, and so he followed her and ate the forbidden fruit.

I can see so many different kinds of fear in my life. Maybe you too? Fear of missing out. Fear of God not knowing best. Fear of God withholding. Fear of not getting what I want. These have motivated me to do many unJesus things and to warp the image of God to justify doing those unJesus things.

Fear has kept me from knowing Real Life Jesus. And yet knowing Real Life Jesus is the only way to conquer fear.

Next up… Laser Eyes Jesus #046 “Two More For The Museum Of Abandoned Science Fair Projects!”

Thanks for reading!

John

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