I don’t want to say Jesus contradicts himself. But sometimes I wish I could ask him… “What!? Do I let my light shine? Or Hide my good deeds. What is my light, is this a good deed? I don’t understand!!”
I consider myself a pretty modest person. I don’t like bragging or assuming people will like my work. This makes it difficult, because I should be marketing and promoting my comic to get success. But I always feel like that has a level of Pride and arrogance, as if everyone should look at my comic ’cause it’s so great. So in the end, barely anyone sees it. It’s kind of a little mental dilemma I have.
This actually leads nicely into an announcement. I’m taking a break from the comic for an indefinite period of time. Due to personal stuff and other projects I’m pursuing, I feel like my time is better spent elsewhere lately. I’m very grateful for everyone that has kept up with the comic thus far, all 20 of you. (or so…) XD
If my situation changes in the future, or God kicks my ass and says “Hey, who said you could stop!?” Then I may return. Until then, my most heartfelt thanks for reading my thoughts and joining me in a journey through this weird and wonderful book. I’m leaving the site up, since there’s still over a years worth of comics to enjoy. =)
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A lot or religious people hated Paul. Much like they hated Jesus. At this point Paul is on trial, but he actually didn’t do anything. Some religious nuts see this as a good chance to kill him off, so they concoct a plan and make an oath. What I want to know is what happened to them? Paul lives for years after this. Did these wannabe assassins all die of starvation? Of course I’m sure they gave up their foolish oath before long. The dramatic statement is probably all fluff and show. Much like wearing fancy clothes, like priests. In the end, it doesn’t count for much. (I’m not against fancy robes, they look cool…)
Last week, I started cleaning the comic up with pens. Real life pens and markers! Not the digital ones found in photoshop. So the comic is traditionally drawn now, on actual paper. I may or may not keep doing it, I just wanted to give it a try. The rest, like color, is still done in photoshop. But it’s fun to draw on paper sometimes.
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Jesus is warning us about false teachers. We shall know them by their fruit. I assume once the sheep see the disguised wolf eating their friends, they will know he is not a real sheep. Of course a hotly debated topic then is what does the fruit of a false teacher look like? Who gets to call that guy out? I’m not going to get into it, because it’s a touchy subject and I have my own opinions. But just to throw out a guideline, if the teacher says something counter to Jesus, they’re probably handing you some bad fruit.
There’s a lot of popular sayings in our culture that come from the bible. A wolf in sheeps clothing being one of them. I’ll be reading the bible and suddenly come across somthing like this, and go “aaah, that’s where that came from.” It’s a pretty influential book. And I am an uneducated ignoramus. I know. Heh.
Sorry it’s late. I am back from vacation and it won’t happen again. (I pray.)
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Moses threatens the Pharaoh with many things to get him to let the Israelites go free. Pharoah refuses to crack at some of them, such as the Nile river turning to blood. But frogs, oh no, that’s too much. The frogs break pharaoh and he begs Moses to make it stop. Of course, once God kills off all the frogs (poor frogs), Pharaoh changes his mind. But still, next time you laugh at a plague of frogs, you might want to think twice. The Bible states, and I quote, “Frogs will jump on you.”
Also, I apparently got my Moses information from movies, because I don’t remember Aaron. But he’s with Moses the whole time, and Aaron is the one carrying the staff and doing the miracle stuff. Don’t trust movies people, they never tell the full truth. (gasp)
So my resolution for this new year of We Like Sheep is to try and up the quality of my art. Unfortunately this means the comic takes a a lot longer to make. But oh well, here’s to a new year and lots of zany bible antics. I’m also working on a reference sheet for the twelve disciples, i’ll share that when I’m done. Extra content was something I always wanted to make for this site, here’s hoping this is the year.
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Sometimes Jesus avoids places saying, “it’s not my time yet.” Which means that he knows if he goes there, he’ll be killed. His disciples want him to travel to Judea for a festival, but Jesus says no. Because the religious leaders basically have a price on his head. Jesus goes in secret later anyway, he’s a rebel like that. And he apparently can’t help himself, he has to start teaching.
The funny thing is a lot of people apparently want to kill him during this teaching. But no one touches him. I think Jesus living long enough to see the cross was a miracle in itself. I’d also like to think there was just something about him, even Pilat saw it. You just really didn’t want to mess with this guy.
YAY! A whole year of comics. Wish this was more special somehow, but holy cow am I busy lately. I might put up some extra stuff this week. The best way to get informed on that kind of stuff is to follow me on facebook. Thanks to everyone who’s been following the comic. If there was no one reading it… well, I’d still do it, but it would be really sad. So thanks for making my life less sad. =D
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The Good Samaritan is likely the most popular of Jesus parables. What you might not think about is that the two who walk by this poor guy on the road might have legit reasons for not stopping to help. It’s pretty easy to justify not helping people sometimes. Two righteous religious men pass by the guy first, then the samaritan stops and helps. The religious guys might have good religious reasons for not helping this man.
Jesus brings this point up often. “Love your neighbor as yourself” takes precedence over everything, including what we think God would want. Because what God really wants is for us to love and help our neigbors.
Next week will mark the one year anniversary of we like sheep. I’d like to say I’m gonna go something super special. But I likely won’t. Then again, maybe God will give me some inspiration. I know I could have used some today, it took way too long to figure out what to do for todays comic.
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I suppose this is the sequel to this comic. I thought I would finish the conversation, since it’s pretty funny. Yet another “I don’t get it” moment from the disciples. The funny thing is, the Samaritan woman who was likely untrained in religious matters understands Jesus easily. But his disciples, who he is training, have a difficult time with his little metaphors.
I sometimes find if you’re too invested in something it’s hard to think about it with an open mind. If you’ve spent your whole life learning to think one way, it’s difficult to think the other way. Lucky for me I had very random thoughts growing up, so I think I can keep a pretty open mind about stuff. It’s the only reason I’m a Christian after all. And yet I still worry sometimes. If I asked Jesus something, and he answered like this, would I get it?
Sorry the comic is so late. I really need to make a backup for these holiday weekends. But I suppose you could consider this a special treat. You get to see my rough, un-colored pass. I’ll have the finished one posted tomorrow.
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It’s fig tree month here at We Like Sheep. I decided to keep the theme going. Here we have another parable delivered by the one and only Christ. This one’s kind of complex. Some people mention to Jesus that some Galileans had recently died; likely Pilate put them to death. Jesus was Galilean himself, so they may have been trying to incite him somehow. Perhaps bring out some Godly retribution on the Romans. Jesus rebukes them instead, saying they too will perish if they don’t repent. Then he offers up this parable.
So it’s a warning that eventually the fig tree will be cut down. But it’s also hope, because not only is there time to repent, but God himself is going to help you do it. I sort of add my own view in my comic. Producing fruit is hard work. But the payoff is worth it. Following Jesus should be a challenge, but Jesus often reassures us that it’s more than worth it.
This also hints at the Old Testament pattern. Jews turn from God, God throws them some trials and tribulation. They turn back to God. Repeat. You could also say the worker is Jesus, and only with his effort, the tree (us) produces fruit. Also, fig trees might all look like they are healthy and happy, but not all produce figs for us to eat. Basically, I can see why the fig tree is such a great metaphor. Jesus, what a smart guy.
I wonder if anyone has taken this three-year to one-year ration, and worked out the math to determine yet another date for Judgement Day. The three years representing all the years before Jesus, and one representing the years after until the end. It’s probably already happened. If not, get on that, Harold Camping.
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This reminds me a lot of this passage. Jesus does not appreciate useless fruit trees. I think we can all agree the hardest lesson the Bible teaches is the idea that God will judge us. The idea of some higher power judging us is abhorrent. Of course any Christian worth his salt will be able to tell you God is Love, and so judges from Love, like a loving father judges his child. But then some other Christians might say you only get the child treatment if you say some words about Jesus being lord and you being born again. It’s all very wishy washy.
The only thing that seems definite is that there is a judgment, and useless things will be cast aside. Sounds harsh. We all have an innate moral sense that cries out for judgment, yet when the idea of it arises it sounds kinda terrible. I feel bad for this poor tree, don’t you? Mean old Jesus, it was a perfectly good tree. (Jesus was probably just in a bad mood cause he knows he has to die soon.)
All I can do is trust Jesus knows what he’s talking about. If you’re a fruit tree, you should have fruit. The funny thing is, he never really explains what that means in relation to humans. There’s no parable of the tree that didn’t give enough money to the church. I like to think that’s so we can’t get up on our podiums and proclaim who bears fruit and who doesn’t. Funny how people try and do that anyway.
I’m a bit behind on the youtube drawing videos, but I plan on having this one and last weeks up by tomorrow. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out the WeLikeSheepTV section of my site for further details.
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