From CRN we find:
Published February 11th, 2008 by Editor in General News
One can almost smell the sulfur in the air. It’s disrespectful, it’s graphic, it’s gotta be loved by the emerging church. This quote tells you what you need to know: “Manga often focuses on action and epic. Much of the Bible, as a result, ends up on the cutting room floor, and what remains is darker.” Perfect foil for the “Christian” skepticism of the Emergent Church for sure. The New York Times
Ajinbayo Akinsiku wants the world to know Jesus Christ, just not the gentle, blue-eyed Christ of old Hollywood movies and illustrated Bibles.
Mr. Akinsiku says his Son of God is “a samurai stranger who’s come to town, in silhouette,” here to shake things up in a new, much-abridged version of the Bible rooted in manga, the Japanese form of graphic novels.
“We present things in a very brazen way,” said Mr. Akinsiku, who hopes to become an Anglican priest and who is the author of “The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation.” “Christ is a hard guy, seeking revolution and revolt, a tough guy”…
Though Ken did a great job on this article, I felt lead as I listened the voice(s) in my head to add MORE decernmentalism to the editor’s thoughts.
Now all that was offered was this graphic so far and I will discern what is wrong with it.
If you look really close and imagine, Mary who is way to pretty, (God only works through ugly people!) is wearing a schoolgirl uniform under her robe that is way too short…
Also, the angel looks too much like Shane Claiborne. *
I might also point out that the nails were not that long!
The tomb did not look like the house Luke Skywalker grew up in!
Can’t you see how evil that all is!!!!!!
My fear is that someone might read it and get the wrong impression about the Gospel. They might think that Jesus was Japanese! Or worse start reading the Bible slowly, prayerfully and thoughtfully (see the evils of Lectio Divina). Who knows what communing with the Triune God might lead to… I mean Calvin never read a mystic in his life. People like Calvin would have never practiced or been influenced by those evil people like St. Bernard who taught things like “The whole object of contemplation is to make us better shepherds of souls.” God forbid that ever happens!
* This blog will be doing a rant article like Ken Silva’s soon. I was appalled at all the “facts” that Ken presented as to why Shane was so evil. Like being talked about in Christianity Today.
“A growing number of evangelicals—younger evangelicals in particular—are maturing the movement in another way. They are taking their newfound love affair with Christian tradition and the early church beyond the realm of books and talk and into their churches and Christian lives…
Among evangelicals, the trend has extended to retreats at Catholic monasteries, recovery of Celtic spirituality, and observance of the divine hours. Not surprisingly (given the biblical focus of evangelicals), the slow, meditative monastic prayer technique called the lectio divina has captivated many. (Online source)”
Did you notice all the evil junk that Shane is doing?
Not to mention that Ken points out why the “so-called spiritual disciplines” are so evil. If we are to have a truly plan-less and purposeless faith in Christ, who needs discipline!
More to come.