Anime of Tomorrow
Madoka > Jesus – Benevolence Given Freely
3. Benevolence Given Freely
Madoka doesn’t punish those who don’t believe in her or fail to thank her. Jesus sends nonbelievers and sinners to hell.
A true savior doesn’t ask for compensation for his/her services. A savior gives freely without hope of admiration for doing good deeds. And a savior most certainly doesn’t turn right around and slap the ungrateful in the face. This is why Jesus isn’t a savior at all. He’s a mafia boss offering protection that nobody asked for. And if you don’t pay your dues, he’ll get back at you another way.
In contrast, Madoka doesn’t demand any worship whatsoever. In fact, her circumstances actually make worship impossible because only Homura knows that she ever existed and besides the words of the “prophet” we can never even determine objectively that Homura’s claims are true.
She did what she did because it was the right thing to do. This ties in with the secular outlook on why we do good deeds and why Madoka is once again an awesome example of a humanistic hero. Like Madoka, if we live our lives freely doing good deeds, the only reward we really need is the happiness of knowing that you helped someone out.
Christians all too often do their good because they’ve been told that “belief is not enough to save you, good works are needed, too,” and so they help others because it’s been mandated by a higher power. Or more selfishly they put up a facade of kindness because doing so will reap them rewards in the afterlife.
Why is Madoka the better savior?
You should never be compelled to do the right thing because you’re hanging to the edge of a cliff and someone who can save you tells you that you must dedicate your life to your rescuer, otherwise you’re going to get pushed.
Looking at the flip side of the situation, what does it say about the character of the helper if all they’re thinking about is how being nice can be of some benefit? True salvation is given unconditionally and Madoka passes this test where Jesus fails.