Heretic. I get that a lot. My Fundamentalist sister thinks Catholics are heretics, so I don’t bother telling her I’m more agnostic than Catholic. She doesn’t read my blogs (or my fiction, or my Perihelion Science Fiction reviews), so here goes. She wrote: ~~~~~~ insult to the birth of Jesus~~~~~~
(Eric Pazdziora, aka Paz, posted this photo with “no comment” at his blog. I’m not sure if he’s the architect of this quaint little scene.)
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa. Maybe a Batman too. For sure, there were T-Rexes, but not in Noah’s day.
I don’t see Funny Nativity sets as a mockery, but a celebration of the infinite size of the cosmos, the possibility of an omnipotent Creator God creating more than just this one world. Why stop at one? People are collectors, and man is created in God’s image, so God may very well be a collector, and God would surely just *have to* have LOTS of planets like earth and all kinds of creatures big and small.
A few years ago, I bought a penguin Nativity for my other sister, similar to this one:
Happy Holidays, heretics, pagans, atheist, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, Hindus, Buddhists and all!
p.s. Over at Facebook she’s still chastising me:
“it still isn’t right, there is only one savior in the universe, not potentially made up ones! you’ve been reading too many fiction novels. get back to this planet! forget the possible other worlds. There is only one God no matter what universe you come from. Do you get the point now? He created the Heavens and the Earth. Do you remember anything from confirmation class?
I.e., If we’re the only planet to hold life among all the billions and trillions in the cosmos, a lot of valuable real estate is going to waste.
Also, eternity is a pretty long time. What else would we do but travel the light-years checking out all the other cool places in the universe?
Mormons have recently protested the “cartoonish image of people receiving their own planets” in the afterlife. I’d heard that spinsters, bachelors and gays are eternally homeless in the afterlife, but apparently such notions were popularized by a Broadway show, “The Book of Mormon,” in which a fictional Mormon missionary sings, “I believe that God has a plan for all of us. I believe that plan involved me getting my own planet,” and that God lives on a planet called Kolob.
Kolob is mentioned in a Mormon hymn, but the planet thing is not official church doctrine. It’s just a case of reading too much into an obscure verse in Mormon scripture and twisting it into one of many “outrageous Mormon heresies,” said Armand Mauss, a retired professor of sociology and religious studies at Washington State University.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka “Mormons”) was founded in 1830 and took more than a century to grow to a million members. Today, there are 15 million Mormons all over the earth.
Dinosaurs were here a lot longer than that. The fossil record clearly demonstrates that salvation was not for the T-Rex, but I still like that Nativity scene. Sorry, sis.