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Defeating the Purpose / Paved with Good Intentions

A friend showed me some religious comics by Jack Chick tonight. The basic sales pitch is that by buying these to hand out, you can Witness without having to actually speak your mind and stand behind your beliefs. And, that's certainly a convenience. Except, now you're letting some other guy's words represent you.

...and what if he's an ass?

Well, that would be bad, I suppose. So, let's make sure he isn't.

We'll start by examining this one. I think it makes a good example, because the structure's so deliberate. He spells out the moral in no uncertain terms. Give it a read! I'll wait.


So, what'd you learn?

I picked up the following:
  • Don't be afraid to sell your soul to the devil and use your ill-gotten riches to destroy lives - if you accept Jesus into your heart later, your actions no longer have consequence.

  • There's no point in living a virtuous life. Morals can only blind you to your salvation.

  • "Beelzebub is a satanic name!"
Thanks, Jack!

That story might be unusually complex, though. Most of his works break down into one lesson each. So, let's look at some examples:I don't know.. I should probably clarify that I'm only talking about Jack Chick - I don't think he represents a whole lot of you, and I don't want to paint other people with such a cynical brush.

But, my own beliefs (and yours) aside, these comics are scary.

I honestly can't read his motivation in all of this - does he mean well? Is he just out to make a buck? Or is he sitting back and laughing as folks undermine their own credibility with his assistance?

I may or may not have any respect for the guy.
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