Thursday, November 10, 2005

Multiple Jesus Phenomenon

I’ve noticed a certain phenomenon within my own mind. I am a Christian. Yet, I find humor involving Jesus to be not offensive, but humorous, as long as they aren’t done in a mean-spirited way. This includes the movie Dogma as well as images like the following, lifted from a Fark Photoshop contest:

(In case you don’t get it, I’ll post why it’s funny in the comments.)

Why do these not offend me? Is it a symptom of dissociative identity disorder? No, I don’t think so. For one thing, many jokes done in very bad taste are extremely amusing to me, like Photoshopped pictures of the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby playing together in a band or the woman in the “slave” shirt standing over a dead Kenny from South Park.

Also, as someone training to be an attorney, I need to be able to separate myself and my own opinions from a situation. But you’d think that since Jesus is a more personal matter, it would be more likely to offend. But it doesn’t offend me, and I call this the Multiple Jesus Phenomenon. Allow me to explain.

In my mind, Jesus has become two separate and distinct entities: the Biblical Jesus and the pop culture Jesus. They are as different as the character Jesus in The Passion and the actor who played the Christ in that movie, or Christ as depicted on the crucifix as compared to Buddy Christ. The pop culture Jesus is a caricature of the historical and Biblical Jesus, picking one aspect of the Bible’s story of his life and exaggerating it to suit whatever story that pop culture wants to tell. It’s not entirely unlike the distinction between Godzilla in the movies and the historical Godira, which is, as few people know, the real reason for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Ok, I wasn't going to post this because it's off topic, but it's too good to keep to myself, so here you go.


  1. The picture is funny because Jesus is wearing a cross. It's kind of like JFK wearing a sniper rifle on a necklace. First, Christians didn't even use crosses as a symbol until about the third or fourth century, before that they used the fish (the Greek word for fish is an acronym for "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Our Savior").
    And most importantly, this picture illustrates the time when Jesus was calling his disciples, long before his death. So he hasn't been crucified yet.

  2. So...did that band make your top 100 list?

  3. Multiple jesus phenomenon. i used to goto church. 10 years of it. voluntary. i was raised by a fanatic pentecostal mother who turned me over to God the day i was born, so she wouldn't have anyone to bother her religion going on in her head. Once she told me God was mad at me & i might get hit by a car. I could barely cross the street for 2 years.I guess that is why j-g bugs me so much. i despise the sound of her.