Anime of Tomorrow
Madoka > Jesus – The True Sacrifice
2. The True Sacrifice
Madoka made a true sacrifice in that she actually gave something up, never to reclaim it again. By contrast, Jesus just had a rough weekend.
This second point ties in with the first point I made about Jesus’s omnipotence. Because Jesus always knew that he was going to be brought back to life after dying, his sacrifice wasn’t a real sacrifice. It would be the equivalent of disciplining a child by taking away a toy for a set amount of time only to replace it with a better one once the lesson had been learned. It’s nothing but a complete farce.
Madoka didn’t have such a loophole to escape from after she made her wish. Her sacrifice was real and permanent. An eternity separated from your loved ones who have forgotten you ever existed is an unbelievable sacrifice fitting of Madoka’s truer selflessness.
The next question you need to ask yourself is, “could I make such a sacrifice given the circumstances?” If the answer is a quick and casual, “sure, no problem,” it’s probably not a sacrifice. If you asked me if I’d be willing to be tortured and killed for the sake of every person’s salvation after death and after three days be brought back to life to sit at the right hand of god forever, I’d do it in a heartbeat. There’s just no question that’s a sweet deal. In fact, I’d provisionally be willing to stay dead forever for the sake of everyone’s salvation.
However, if you asked me to obliterate myself from having ever existed in order to prevent the suffering of others, I’d have to consider that long and hard because my legacy is something I value highly. The generous side of me wants to say I’d be willing to make that kind of sacrifice, but my more self-preserving instincts protest that’s too high a price.
Why is Madoka the better savior?
Simply put, she was forced by the logic of her wish to cease her own existence, past, present and future. This was a costly sacrifice with tangible repercussions for Madoka that (debatably) were not offset by the benefits that she attained through transcendence. By contrast, can Jesus’s sacrifice really be called a sacrifice at all? In order for something to be a sacrifice, you have to lose something, but all Jesus did was die and come back to life stronger than ever. The only thing that can be argued to be lost was time, but what is three days to an eternal being?