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Feb 20 2013

Jesus the avenger

Last weekend, Saturday Night Live released the ‘trailer’ for Djesus Uncrossed made in the Quentin Tarantino style with lots of gruesome violence, with Jesus as the star of a revenge fantasy. As you can imagine, some Christians are not happy, especially that perpetual outrage machine Bill Donohue of the Catholic League.

But Mark Silk argues that the idea of an avenging Jesus riding in on a white horse is consistent with the image portrayed in the Book of Revelation, saying “Of course, this isn’t the image of Jesus that has imprinted itself on the minds of most of his followers. But up to and including the sword, the blood-dipped vesture, and the white horse, SNL’s enactment is canonical as hell.”

In fact, as I understand it, the Left Behind series of books is pretty much a blood-soaked telling of the end times in which the evildoers (i.e., those not saved by Jesus) meet the most gruesome ends at his hands, and Christians have just lapped up the stories making them into blockbuster bestsellers. (See here and here for more about the books and the rapture.)

Maybe the cause of all the unhappiness over the SNL sketch is that Jesus uses an assault weapon. We know how religious people are sticklers for scriptural authenticity.

Here’s the sketch.

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  1. 1
    MatthewLaboratory

    But GOPs love guns

  2. 2
    dukeofomnium

    The biggest surprise is that SNL can still be funny.

  3. 3
    slc1

    What is interesting about the film is that Yeshua of Nazareth is depicted as somewhat of an Aryan, with long fairly straight hair. In fact, as a Middle East Jew of the time, if he ever existed, he would look more like a typical Arab with very curly hair and a dark complexion, which is how Jews from Arab countries look.

  4. 4
    bad Jim

    Fred Clark of Slacktivist, who has written extensively about the “Left Behind” series, writes:
    “SNL’s Djesus is a pacifist compared to Tim LaHaye’s lethal death jesus”.

  5. 5
    Counter Apologist

    What bothers me the most is that when someone exclaims “Jesus H Christ!”, Jesus retorts “The H is silent!”

    I always thought it stood for Herschel…

  6. 6
    Tsu Dho Nimh

    It’s Christian snuff porn, so it’s OK for Christians to get a thrill from it.

  7. 7
    drr1

    Counter Apologist wrote:

    I always thought it stood for Herschel…

    Nope. Haploid.

  8. 8
    Jockaira

    This is an interesting article with a photo of an anthropological forensic reconstruction of Jesus’ most likely general appearance. The article tells of the rationale behind the art and in the words of Prof. Allison Galloway of UCSC, “This is probably a lot closer to the truth than the work of many great masters.”
    .

    popularmechanics.com/science/health/forensics/1282186

  9. 9
    Maurice Smith

    Jesus wants to have a intimate relationship with all of you, not just some of you, ALL of YOU EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, WHETHER YOU’RE MARRIED OR NOT!!! DOESN’T MATTER, what matters is if you accept HIM into your life to be LORD and SAVIOR IN YOUR LIFE. I KNOW THAT GOD IS REAL!!! Each day that you wake up and hear the birds chirping is a testimony, I thank God for taking me off of the medication I was taking, I had been praying to him, for him to take me off and he did he heard my prayers. I KNOW there is a God, I know there is. Thank God for Showing me that Occult doings were wrong, THANK YOU GOD FOR HEARING MY PRAYERS!!!!! If it were not for him I don’t know where I would be but I would not be here. God wants us to reach out to others with our testimonies. I also Saw Jesus in a vision he was standing on a cliff, holding his hands out to the sun. And he was depicted in the grace of God. THere was a valley out in front of him, and there was someone behind him. Somewhere in me believes there is a God. I am a believer. May God bless you all. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son to die for our sins, that whosoever shall believe in him WILL not perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. May God bless you all.
 Come to Him and EXPERIENCE His Love for you. THIS IS NO JOKE, NO KICK OFF THE OLD BLOCK, YOU STRUGGLE WITH LIFE ON YOUR OWN, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY PEOPLE WHO SPEAK IN TONGUES OR SUPERNATURAL LANGUAGES CAN BE SO HAPPY, AND HOW PEOPLE CAN SHAKE AND SCREEL AT THE POWER OF THE LORD WHEN NOT EVEN TOUCH, I GOT TO ADMITT I HAVE HAD MY BEST CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD WHEN I WAS NOT EVEN IN CHURCH, I HAVE HAD ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS WHEN GOD JUST WANTS TO HEAL YOU AND MEET YOU WHERE YOU ARE AND THAT HE JUST WANTS TO TELL YOU THAT HE LOVES YOU!!! AND WHAT MAKE IT SO DIFFERENT I HAVE HAD ONE IN ALL OF MY LIFE UNTIL I WHEN TO CHURCH LAST SUNDAY, THE CHURCH WAS DEAD, AND THERE WAS A CONVICTION INSIDE MY SOUL THAT GOD DESERVED MORE THAN THIS!!! WHAT
    IS THIS??? THIS IS NOTHING!!! GIVE ME SOME SHOUTING, GIVE ME SOME PRAISE I DON’T WANT YOUR EXCUSES, I WANT YOUR PRAISE, I HAVEN’T HAD ANYTHING LIKE THAT OR CLOSE TO THAT EXPERIENCE SINCE WHEN I WENT TO CHURCH LAST SUNDAY!!! And I want that experience again, I been craving it all week, wanting to see angels, and just see God in person, you may call me crazy, although there had to be a time when you questioned the EXISTANCE OF GOD, OR THE EXISTANCE OF A GOD!!! I KNOW I’M TALKING TO SOMEBODY!!! DON’T LET THE LIES AND THE SMOKE FOOL YOU, LOOK HE’S COMING WITH CLOUDS AND THE ANGELS, AND EVERY EYE WILL SEE HIM, EVEN THOSE THAT PIERCED HIM, AND THEY SHALL WAIL BECAUSE OF HIM, SO SHALL IT BE!!!! GIVE HIM GLORY!!!!!!!!

  10. 10
    Maurice Smith

    YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!!!

  11. 11
    Maurice Smith

    AND IT’s NOT OK FOR CHRISTIAN TO DO SUCH THINGS!!! GOD TELLS US TO BE IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT, I GOT A PRAISE IN MY BELLY!!! YOU DON’t KNOW WHAT I’VE BEEN THROUGH, WHAT THE LORD’S TOKEN ME THROUGH!!!! IF YOU KNEW YOu WOULD PRAISE HIM TO!!!

  12. 12
    Maurice Smith

    IF YOU GOING TO ATTACK RELIGION DON’t ATTACK CHRISTIANITY, CHRISTIANITY AIN’T A RELIGION!!! LEAVE IT OUT OF IT!!!

  13. 13
    Maurice Smith

    DON’T JUDGE ME!!! GOD GAVE ME THIS ASSIGNMENT, AND WHAT THE LORD GIVES MEN CAN TAKE IT AWAY. BEFORE FOR YOU LEAVE IT, READ IT!!!

  14. 14
    Jockaira

    Dear Mano,

    It is my fervant wish that Maurice “Walls of Textual Nonsense” be banished.

    OH! Wait a minute…maybe if I prayed a bit, God might hear me. I’m sure He too considers Maurice a twit.

  15. 15
    Maurice Smith

    Your religion is worthless if you can’t keep a hold on your tongue and care for the poor. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!!!

  16. 16
    Maurice Smith

    Thank you Lord!

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