I’ve often thought praying for forgiveness gets things a little bit backwards. If you wrong someone in some way, how does asking somebody else for forgiveness help things? I can’t absolve you for the things you’ve done wrong to other people, only the things that you do wrong to me. It seems like a little bit of an easy get out to me: Ask a third party with no actual involvement to forgive you and it’s all ok (and as it’s God just asking does the trick). Isn’t that getting off the hook just a little bit too easy? If God is all about justice, then surely he’d just tell you to go apologise to the person you actually wronged and set things right. Sure it’s a lot harder to ask forgiveness from another person, and it might not come easy from them, but that sounds like the way it ought to be.
Then again, this backwards notion of forgiveness is built into Christianity: Christ’s death is supposed to pay for all of the wrongdoings of humankind, in effect it’s the biggest blood sacrifice ever: God’s blood to forgive the sins of everyone everywhere (yup, Christianity is based upon blood sacrifice; it was a replacement for paganism afterall). It doesn’t really make a lot of sense in the end. Christ’s death can no more pay for my wrongdoings than can the death of any other person: If you’re convicted of a crime, it doesn’t make any sense to have someone else serve your sentence for you (even by their own choice), that doesn’t make things ok. It’s all very confusing.
Today’s Sunday comic comes a little late in the day, having been lovingly created throughout the afternoon and early evening. I had a good deal of help today actually, my wonderful girlfriend coloured this piece for me so I could get on with some cello practice (she even stayed inside the lines!), so a big thanks to her!
These Sunday mini-saga comics are going to become a regular feature methinks, so tune in next weekend for another. That’s all for now. Pip pip!