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Madoka > Jesus – Madoka Succeeded, Jesus Failed
4. Madoka Succeeded, Jesus Failed
Madoka saved everyone. Jesus only saved a miniscule few.
Madoka is a story about a true savior. When she discovered the truth behind the magic girls and witches, she was facing an external force that was influencing the future of humanity in a negative way. All the magic girls are saved by Madoka’s kindness without the need to accept her as their savior. Her methodology for saving the magic girls was transparent and didn’t draw attention to herself for it. It was a thankless job that she accomplished all on her own.
By contrast, Jesus was the cause of the problems humanity faced in the first place. He was obligated to remedy his own mistakes and despite his attempt to fix things, it ended in failure. By only appearing to a single nation in a less-literate part of the iron-age world, it took thousands of years for his message to reach the world.
This is because the methodology he chose to use was written word spread by people. In order to enjoy the benefits of being saved, you have to first know that Jesus even existed and then ask to be saved. As if that wasn’t bad enough, those unwilling to convert were often put to the sword. In short, Jesus failed.
Why is Madoka the better savior?
Not even half of the people in the world are Christians and of those Christians there is no clear majority among the many denominations all claiming to be the correct kind of Christianity. I’ll be generous for the sake of argument and say that 25% of people anywhere are actually worshiping the right god. But then among those are many who don’t practice their religion the right way, which only further skews the percentage of people who Jesus actually saves into a smaller and smaller category. This isn’t the lottery for gosh sakes, these are people’s lives!
However, in one quiet swoop, Madoka saved all the magic girls from turning themselves against their own friends and families all by herself (ok, Homura tied the threads of fate, but ultimately it was still Madoka’s idea and decision) and without the need for word of her deeds to be disseminated to potential beneficiaries.