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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).

Madoka > Jesus – Part 1 – Jesus – Human vs God

Madoka > Jesus – Part 2 – The True Sacrifice

Madoka > Jesus – Part 3 – Benevolence Given Freely

Madoka > Jesus – Part 4 – Madoka Succeeded, Jesus Failed

Madoka > Jesus – Part 6 – Madoka Enables; Jesus Indulges

Madoka > Jesus – Part 7 – The Nature of Evil

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7 responses to “Madoka > Jesus – Madoka is More Plausible

  1. Ritsuioko23 April 27, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Also you’re digging too deep into things. I love how people try to hate religion with everything they have when none of it makes sense at all and they end up looking like an idiot

    • Marlin-sama April 27, 2013 at 12:48 am

      I’ll admit this wasn’t one of my better points, but I wanted to post something every day this week as my first attempt at a series and I’m still editing some of my better articles for tomorrow and Sunday. I wouldn’t hate on religion if it didn’t give me reasons to hate it, and all in all, I spend very little time thinking about it anyways.

      Truthfully, I’d rather focus on the good of the world, but every once in a while I like to exercise my philosophical thinking cap and encourage others to do the same because I think it’s fun. All in all, people have responded to my articles overwhelmingly positively. So if you have a counterpoint as to why you think the Bible is any more credible of a story than Madoka, I’m all ears. Share your arguments and ideas civilly and lets see what you’ve got.

  2. japesland April 27, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I would have to say that, while I’ve enjoyed the series thus far (as you’ve seen in my comments), this particular point does rather disappoint me. I’m curious to see what you have written for the next two days.

    • Marlin-sama April 27, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Even so, nobody has come forward with an argument in defense of the bible. Do you think the bible is a more logical / plausible / believable story than Madoka? Make your case, because while this is probably one of my less impressive arguments in my series on Madoka vs Jesus, I stand by my position that it’s a completely valid reason to question the veracity of the bible.

      • japesland April 30, 2013 at 5:02 am

        Three major points:

        First, the Bible is: (1) history from thousands of years ago put in modern terms, (2) translated from several languages from ancient civilization. Both of this together make for something that is obviously going to be more difficult to interpret than a story produced in 2012. (Keep in mind, this is coming from someone with a slightly skeptical view of the Bible.)

        Second, the biblical inconsistencies are constantly being solved. Two examples come to mind. For centuries, the Old Testament was the only source of history that mentioned the Hittite civilization whatsoever, so biblical skeptics began to disbelieve their existence at all. That is, until in the second half of the 19th Century, when archaeological digs uncovered remnants of Hittite civilizations that went hand-in-hand with biblical interpretation. Second, Many quoted inconsistencies with the death of Judas, the disciple. In Matthew 17:5, Judas apparently hanged himself, whereas in Acts 1:18 Luke declares that Judas fell “headlong and burst open at his midsection”. This was a great cause of controversy until relatively recently when it was uncovered that following death, if the body is left alone to decompose the gases form the bacteria will cause the body to swell, then upon impact with the ground it could plausibly “burst forth” (Check out this article for an example of this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3437455.stm).

        Third, accurate history is not always as clear-cut as it seems. I’m sure you have heard a number of perspectives on a relatively recent historical event (relative in comparison to biblical history), particularly in the renaissance era and such. Battles are taught one way in school, but upon research you will find many different perspectives. Are they contradictory? Perhaps, but not necessarily. Often times it is simply one event from several different supplementary perspectives (although they may seem to contradict one another at first glance). A writer of fiction, however, is able to check and compose a single easy-to-comprehend story because that is what the reader will understand best.

        I’m not saying that these three points prove the Bible to be true, I am simply responding to your challenge, “Make your case”. These three reasons, for the most part, describe the disappointment in the article, as I noted in my original comment.

  3. hhMobius April 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    –> Alien Jesus
    Half alien, actually. Jesus, along with Moses, Muhammad, Buddha, Joseph Smith, and others, was a prophet of the Elohim, an advanced, extraterrestrial civilization, and was born of a human female and an Elohim, made possible by advanced DNA synthesis. Furthermore, the creation of humanity and all life on Earth was directed by the Elohim through terraformation, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering. Read more on this here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raëlism

    It doesn’t seem like they’ve figured out how to deal with entropy yet though.

  4. Ben April 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

    My thought on the reliability of Scripture can by summarized in a document called “The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.” This document was written to address a very involved debate, and as such is not an apologetic, but a summary of position without a glossary to define its technical terms.
    There’s also a chap named Millard Ericksen who wrote a book, “Introducing Christian Doctrine.” Chapter 7 (and possibly 8, can’t recall exactly) of that book would be a good answer to how some Christians deal with the Bible’s apparent contradictions. It’s not a comprehensive fix-all, but it’s a start. I think so, at least. Afterall, the Bible isn’t trying to be a book of science or history as we conceive of those disciplines today.
    (Aside: I’m still looking for a satisfying answer to the accounts of Judas’ death.) But yeah, I’ll let smarter people than me do the talking.

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