Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ Easter

Today’s new Jesus and Mo, called “egg,” uses the Cadbury egg fracas as a platform to explain the many “mysteries” (i.e., incoherent claims) about the Crucifixion. I myself have never understood the Trinity, or why the sacrifice of Jesus somehow redeemed the sins of everyone else. But hey, it’s religion, Jake!

38 Comments

  1. Randy schenck
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Why would anyone believe this stuff when you can just have another flood.

    • steve oberski
      Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:47 am | Permalink

      Or better yet, a beer.

  2. DiscoveredJoys
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    I was listening to BBC Radio 2 last Sunday when they have a broadcast of vaguely religious ‘modern music’ and a few interviews (not all Christian but certainly Believers). They had a Bishop on who when asked about the significance of Easter Eggs could only burble on about the eggs symbolising new life.

    No informed history, and no mention of pagan celebrations of spring. No mention of how sickly sweet Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are either.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

      No mention of how sickly sweet Cadbury’s Creme Eggs are either.

      Any mention of how little chocolate there is in UK chocolate-flavoured vegetable fat and sugar confections (to use their more accurate description)?

      • Richard
        Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

        I’ve given up eating UK “chocolate”. Only Belgian or Swiss for me from now on!

        • Posted April 13, 2017 at 1:00 am | Permalink

          How right you are, Brits will eat anything if enough sugar is added.
          Lindt plain chocolate with at lease 70% cocoa is the only way to go.

        • Posted April 13, 2017 at 2:08 am | Permalink

          There is hope, Green & Black’s do a decent bar, and there are some independents. Admittedly, Cadbury’s is awful, but it could be worse. It could be Hershey’s.

          • Mike
            Posted April 16, 2017 at 8:46 am | Permalink

            Lindt do a nice bar.

            • Posted April 16, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink

              Definitely, but it’s not a British product as far as I know.

  3. Stephen Barnard
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant. “Disrespectful neologisms and irrelevant confectionary” is my new motto.

  4. rickflick
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    The trinity has characteristics of an egg laid by a committee dealing with controversy. It has to be some kind of compromise. Maybe there were camps holding out for God as a holy spirit(mystics), and those wanting a father figure, and those needing a big brother and chief sacrificial lamb. After arguing for days the committee members started to fatigue and went for a flimsy “all threee” just to get home for the week end.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Actually, that’s pretty much what happened. They argued for weeks about whether there was a trinity or not. Only Greek speakers were allowed to attend as it was thought no other language could handle the complexity of the arguments. They eventually voted, but the votes were all burnt and it was announced that the trinity was doctrine (in reality because that’s what the most powerful clerics wanted).

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

        It sounds so … so … transcendent when you explain it that way.

    • Taz
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      I like that: “the Trinity – god designed by a committee”.

    • hugh7
      Posted April 13, 2017 at 3:55 am | Permalink

      My understanding is that it was a desperate compromise to resolve an ineluctable paradox.

      On the one hand they wanted to keep the Hebrew Scriptures (“OT”), including the 10 Commandments, which firmly say “No other gods but me”, so as not to alienate the Jews.

      On the other, they wanted to keep the Greek Scriptures (“NT”), which firmly say that the mortal (and fairly friendly) human Jesus is God, who clearly wasn’t about when the Father (a much darker character) gave Moses the tablets.

      I guess that once they’d done that, it was in for a penny, in for a point, and they thought they might as well throw in the Holy Ghost to appease the Gnostics and all those who believe that God is in us all.

      Reading rickflick’s post again, we fundamentally agree.

      • hugh7
        Posted April 13, 2017 at 4:09 am | Permalink

        The first balloon of that panel is also polysyllabic humour, but accurate, setting us up for the bathos, and hence funny.

        • hugh7
          Posted April 13, 2017 at 4:13 am | Permalink

          Whoops! ^That isn’t where I meant to post that.

      • hugh7
        Posted April 13, 2017 at 4:10 am | Permalink

        ^in for a pound

        • rickflick
          Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:48 am | Permalink

          Your ‘point’ is well made. 😎

      • Posted April 13, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

        Unfortunately, like with many resolutions of paradoxes, the solution is no better.

        (Cf. “Revenge liar” paradoxes.)

  5. Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    …and since we are being polite about J’s delemia, as we say downunder,
    Jesus you ARE an egg!

    Egg=foolish or silly, soft in the head for those not familiar with the term.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      An unfertilized egg…don’t forget.

  6. zytigon
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    IMO this Jesus ‘n’ Mo is one of the funniest I’ve seen.

    Parody on John 3v16, For God so loved the old world that he never told them about the cocoa beans of the New World in case humans would put the sugar cane of East Asia with the cocao beans of the Americas and make sinfully indulgent chocolate.
    Alternatively maybe he just didn’t think that Mesoamerican foods such as mole and tejate were something Old World inhabitants would enjoy.

    The joke about Easter eggs is that the creators of Jesus made his followers wait an extra 1492 or so years until they could taste chocolate. It shows that the authors of the scriptures had no supernatural knowledge about our material world. It didn’t even dawn on them that there could be out lying continents to spread their myths to.

    Was Jesus the guy who hid the Easter eggs from the children, never let on that they even existed and it was only by good old human greed for land and precious metals that the chocolate eggs were ever found.

    • zytigon
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

      Roll the myths down the hill and let them break into pieces

  7. Posted April 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    The jesus story is ludicrous. Even as a kid in Sunday school I couldn’t believe it and went along only because the adults around me all took it so seriously and reverentially. I should have given it a horse laugh.

  8. Claudia Baker
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    lol

  9. Posted April 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Honestly I think this is the best Jesus and Mo strip ever.

  10. Stephen Barnard
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    For those of you who like obscure big words, the second panel is a brilliant example of aposiopesis.

    https://literarydevices.net/aposiopesis/

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

      And also, bathos.

      Brilliant cartoon, by the way. The best J&M yet.

      cr

      • hugh7
        Posted April 13, 2017 at 4:11 am | Permalink

        The first balloon of that panel is also polysyllabic humour, but accurate, setting us up for the bathos, and hence funny.

    • Posted April 13, 2017 at 6:07 am | Permalink

      I can’t even…

  11. ratabago
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    So, am I the only one who’s teeth curled and tongue dried imagining a yummy mouth full of bitter beer and Sickly Cadbury’s Creme Egg(TM)?

    And happy Cruciversary everyone.;)

  12. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    CS Lewis correctly observes in “Mere Christianity” that the Bible is very vague on why the death and/or resurrection of Jesus is saving and then claims it may not matter. But to American fundamentalists it matters enormouslt. The “substitution theory of the atonement” is one of the original 5 fundamentals that defined fundamentalism even though it kicked in about 1000 years after Jesus.
    It is certainly the most morally incoherent and just plain wicked of all the viewpoints ever offered but has been basic to classical conservative Western Christianity for a thousand years.
    It is notably absent from Lewis Narnia books.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 12, 2017 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

      Not that different, really, from the good old sacrifice thing that most heathen religions misguidedly practised.

      cr

      • hugh7
        Posted April 13, 2017 at 4:15 am | Permalink

        Indeed, and the worst of them all, the Abraham and Isaac story, hints that they hadn’t long emerged from human sacrifice as a regular thing.

  13. Marilee Lovit
    Posted April 13, 2017 at 6:38 am | Permalink

    just echoing what others said, this is the best J & Mo yet.

  14. Posted April 13, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    At least Jesus didn’t try to complete or act out an answer to Dan Barker’s “Easter Challenge”!

  15. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted April 14, 2017 at 5:15 am | Permalink

    So, why is today called “Good” Friday? All the shops are shut, can’t buy anything, such as, beer, can’t get my puncture fixed. Should call it “Useless Friday”.

    Not good now, not then. Seems to me it wasn’t much fun for anyone involved, really.

    Except maybe for Barabbas, I suppose he would have to reckon it pretty good to have beaten the rap. But I get the impression his opinion probably doesn’t count.

    cr


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