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Madoka > Jesus – Madoka is More Plausible
5. Madoka is More Plausible
The story of Madoka is more internally consistent and has fewer details that are at odds with reality.
Now you might be thinking, hold on! Doesn’t the “magic” part of magic girl indicate something supernatural is going on here? But let’s look more closely at the process. The reason Kyuubey is orchestrating all of this in the first place is because it’s his species’ mission to counteract the entropy of the universe, which scientists agree will be the ultimate demise of our sphere of existence.
Kyuubey indicates that he is simply using processes we can’t understand yet. He’s capable of separating the mind and body, something we know to be interlinked, but there are theories about how one might go about separating them (mind-computer integration). He also claims to be simply physically altering the structures of the girls’ bodies to make them more resilient in battle, almost a kind of bioengineering or integrated prosthetics, something that’s also being put to use with our current medical technology, but not at the level that Kyuubey is capable of.
The only questionable area here is using emotions as a power source, but really who knows? Emotions can be measured by MRI and biochemical tests, so we know they’re a physical phenomenon that have tangible effects. Dubious as it may seem at first glance, Kyuubey definitely possesses more knowledge than humanity and any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. If the people of Jesus’s time saw a cell phone they might consider the modern world to be full of sorcerers and witches.
The bible is rife with contradictions within itself and often displays the ignorance of its writers through their lack of understanding of how the universe works. You need look no further than The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible for perfect word-for-word contradictions within the pages of what’s supposedly a divinely inspired work. And that’s not even counting the points where the bible just flat out gets things wrong about history and phenomena that bronze and iron age man couldn’t have comprehended.
However, whenever I bring up the idea that perhaps Jesus was an alien that worked within the realms of physics and didn’t necessarily perform miracles, but was utilizing some kind of advanced technology, Christians dismiss me immediately, assured by their faith that he was using divine powers, ie: magic.
Why is Madoka the better savior?
I conclude that the setting of Madoka matches better with how we understand the nature of reality than the story of Jesus. Any supreme being wouldn’t make mistakes in his or her holy book, and adherents of a literal bible have painted themselves into an indefensible corner of apologetics. This goes to show that the Jesus story was written wholly by men and is just as fictional as Madoka. But at least Madoka Magica is inspired by scientific knowledge that gets the viewer to think rather than private revelation that encourages being satisfied with non-answers and discourages rational inquiry (after all, it’s a lot easier to say, “god did it,” than look things up for yourself).