Experience has shown that if I were to point out how that cartoon expresses religious opinions, judges me for them, and tries to make me change, the author would give me the grown-up equivalent of "nuh-uh!" Most arguments of this kind are really just an attempt to shut Christians up and fundamentally misunderstands the issues underlying all religious discourse
Well said Joe.
I was saved out of this tribe of thinking everything is absurd, worthy of ridicule and scorn. I agree Joe, and really what people who think like this want is someone to have the conviction and steely resolve to winsomely articulate deep conviction that stands opposed to the methodology employed by this cartoonist and (sadly) many Christians. I've found among my friends that I am praying for (they would find this cartoon hilarious) that standing up to their ridicule, loving them, and being a part of their life does wonders to alter their overly caricatured view of Christian beliefs. This is how we need to respond, by being friends of sinners, daring to die to ourselves, and realizing we are being thrust to the margins and responding to that thrusting by pushing back with love and good works. Only then will they begin to see that rational, human adults CAN and DO believe that God is who he says he is and that Christ is real. The Holy Spirit tenderizes them and, Lord willing, they will be saved.
I think Joe and Joshua hit the nail on the head. When you realize that this worldview carries its own assumptions and paradigms that are, intellectually and philosophically, on the same level as Christianity, the cartoon loses all power. . . but you couldn't tell that to the creator of the cartoon or his audience. It's part of the blindness of this world, and Joshua summed up our appropriate response perfectly.
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