OWN THE ORIGINAL or a PRINT of THIS CARTOON! (in my shop) Sometimes I get too serious and it's time for comic relief. Although... if a pastor thinks his church is the only church you should go to he might also think you're going to hell if you don't!
GET THIS CARTOON IN MY SHOP! It betrays our ignorance when we say, "Clearly, the bible says...". Because it's NOT clear. What's clear to us is what we BELIEVE the bible says. We choose to believe what we believe. Consciously or unconsciously. An important component of personal growth is recognizing this. Then we must find the courage to investigate what's really true.
One of my personal favorites as well as one of my most popular cartoons. AND it's hard to believe that the original is STILL AVAILABLE! And prints too! I remember being taught that questioning your beliefs was a sign of weakness. When I learned that it was actually a sign of courage and wisdom, it became a key feature of my life. To this day! Are you questioning your beliefs and struggling with your faith? Good!
Actually, I think it's circular. We all have the capacity to be abusive. Some more than others. But I also believe that some environments can bring out the worst in us. I also believe that power can corrupt. And I also believe that certain systems are inherently perfect cultures for abuse to occur. Such as the church. Why the church? Because on the one hand there are people in power and on the other hand there are those who impart it and often blindly submit to it, all wrapped up in God's will.