Hi love these cartoon strips. They usually make me smile each time I get to read them. This one, though, I have a slight issue with. It really makes it sound like God is telling Spencer that being good will get him to heaven. Jesus is the only way and this could be very confusing for someone who’s not a believer. Just thought I’d give my two cents. Thanks for making these! God bless.
Mandy, it amazes me how some folks can misunderstand simple statements too. A pre-believer might infer that being good is good enough. But someone else would think that Spenser is already believer since he and God are on such good speaking terms and God is telling him to express his faith by works instead of burnt offerings which tend to be more religion than relationship. On the other hand, a non believer would probably blow off the strio altogether.
I have to comment. This is ALL OF THE COMIC STIP I HAVE SEEN. They are so good and hilarious. But they make me stop & think of how I am with the Lord. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Spencer states that sacrifices are “… a good way to get to Heaven.” Two important errors here. #1 There is only one way to Heaven. There can’t be “…a good way” and some other ways also. There is only one way. Any Bible scholar will tell you the many Bible verses that clearly explain the single way to Heaven. #2 Also many times in The Bible is it made clear that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (which is what baptism pictures) was the only work ever completed that gets Spencer, and every other human, to Heaven. One must accept Christ as one’s savior. This is the ultimate obedience in the “…It is better to obey than to sacrifice…” commandment form our Lord in The Old Testament. You have garnered thousands of followers to this comic strip and have done much good work. I hope that you correct this error. Ref; John 3:16, Romans 10:9&10, 1 Samuel 15:22
Tommy, I see no error in how you approached it.
Folks, we have to remember Spencer is a 6 year old! I think it adds to the humor for him to think that sacrifices will get him to Heaven.
I mean how realistic (not to mention unfunny) would it be if he just came out reciting that Jesus is the only way? We know it’s true, but it wouldn’t set the stage for a teaching moment in a future comic strip.
Every now and then, when I’m stuck for an idea, I will open the Bible to a random page and write a strip about the first verse my eyes land on. The above comic is a result of such an exercise. Of course, for the life of me I can’t find that passage. I really need to start writing these things down.
Anyway, the joke here was supposed to be that Spencer would find it easier to burn his toys by way of an offering than to actually behave and mind his parents. Under that is the notion that God does not require us to make burnt offerings or sacrifice goats in order to gain His favor.
No, God doesn’t give Spencer a speech about Jesus at this juncture for two reasons. 1) It would have killed the joke. These comic strips are not sermons and are not meant to replace anyone’s journey to spiritual enlightenment or salvation. They’re just entertainment meant to bring a smile or, dare I hope, a laugh or two. 2) I’m not sure Spencer has a firm grasp of who and what Jesus was. Spencer has not yet had “that talk” yet with his Buddy. I’m looking forward to it though. 🙂
I think that really sums it up. For a lot of us, facing martyrdom, burning our toys, and other brief extremes seem easier than just obeying our parents and being kind to people day by day. Apparently, Spencer feels that way. But God’s right (as always) when he says that burnt offerings aren’t needed anymore: Jesus has already made the sacrifice for all of us.
This discussion is great! Saw it coming, because KOHD raised the vital issue of just how to get right with God!
Ps. 51:16-17, Hosea 6:6, and especially Mark 12:28-34 are key references, yet the Lord Jesus does not CLINCH the matter right here, but says, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God.”
LOOKING forward to the Talk!
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