Bad Things

"Bad Things" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I have many friends, fans, and followers in Australia who have requested that I do a cartoon addressing the present crisis there.

There are Americans requesting the same thing.

This cartoon illustrates the religious element in these tragedies.

I know people who think this way. We can even read about it in the news.

Here's the line of reasoning (if you can call it that):

1. The Bible prophesies terrible things happening in the End Times, like war, fire, darkening of the sky and moon, smoke, poverty, hunger, drought, rape... it's all there!

2. These are signs that the end is near, that Jesus will return, and that he will deliver victory to the church and all true believers.

3. If it's prophesied, then it's going to happen. It can't be stopped!

4. Therefore, there's nothing we can do. 

5. To try to prevent these from happening would be naive, counter-biblical, and even anti-biblical.

6. So, if these terrible things are supposed to happen and are caused by God, this means that if we help them to occur then we are actually fulfilling God's plan.

I kid you not! People actually believe this and participate in this ideology.

The most alarming and dangerous part is that many of our political leaders believe this and lead us into such apocalyptic crises because they are inspired by their God to do so.

They really do believe they are helping to usher in the End Times.

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It breaks my heart to read something like this. Yes, the Bible does foretell about the coming end. However, Dave is right, Matt 24:36 states that we do not know when the time is. We are just supposed to be ready and loving the people around us. Our job is to minister, love, accept and let others see the love of God in us. We do not have permission to judge. We do not have permission to cast people out because the didn’t wear the right color that day. UGH! When will the church come together as a whole and learn what the true command of Christ was…Love your neighbor! That means to love everyone!!!!! Period. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. That is about as straight forward as you can get.

Amber D

I attended a friend’s traditional church for about 6 months recently with she and her husband. I lived in and out of their side by side homes during that time. Also house sitting for others. I am lesbian by history. Not once did I hear gay bashing or gay anything. No political talk. Finally the young minister defined a marriage as between a man and woman during a service. Ending went something like this. My friend’s husband got a mysterious illness and suing for damages. Out I went almost homeless. I still get the newsletter from the church. 21 days of fasting and prayer. I thought oh good they will be praying for peace. Not- they are together with several churches in the city praying for boys to stay away from evil – Day 1. WTF!!!

Donna Bunce

One inconvenient verse, that is not taken out of context:
Matt 24:36 (KJV) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Dave Wyble

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