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Madoka > Jesus – Madoka Enables; Jesus Indulges
6. Madoka Enables; Jesus Indulges
Madoka doesn’t invite people to rely on her. She just fixed a problem that others were incapable of remedying on their own and allowed life to continue. She gave freedom and because she acts transparently, people don’t depend on her. Jesus on the other hand is a crutch that people depend on far too much, constantly praying to, asking for more favors and preventing Christians from living their
lives with self-reliance.
What’s despicable is how Christians want to spin every little coincidence of good fortune in our lives to be attributable to Jesus and all of our failures are our own. “I found my car keys, praise Jesus!” but you never hear, “Jesus made me lose my shoe.” Even if Christians claim that Jesus helps everyone regardless of belief, in the long run it still doesn’t matter unless you’ve been saved and thank Jesus for looking out for you.
Madoka doesn’t do that. She’s just the whisper in the wind that’s there to support you, but you stand or fall on your own accord. Futurama did a good play on this relationship between action and inaction on the part of a deity when Bender became a kind of god to tiny people living on his body as he floated through space. At first he kept giving them everything they wanted, but they became dependent on him, so he stopped for a while, but when he didn’t perform enough miracles, the masses lost faith and turned away from him. He realized that gods have to strike a balance between answering prayers and to keep their followers both free and happy.
However, there’s no problem like this when we analyze how Madoka operates. Because nobody even suspects that she’s there, she can provide help to those in need without worrying about those she helps becoming dependent on her. There’s no need for a testament of accomplishments that would only serve to the unnecessary purpose of elevating her position, which reveals the extent of Madoka’s humility.
Why is Madoka the better savior?
While discussing my atheism, I’ve had people tell me they couldn’t get through the day without Jesus. They spend so much time stopping to pray and praise Jesus for every little thing that I can’t help but wonder how much more productive they would be if they could cut back a little on the worship.
The final tagline from the Madoka series reads, “Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember her, you are never alone.” Once again, it’s Madoka who is offering assistance while Jesus promotes entitlement by saying things like, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Madoka has no need for followers. Her mission was simply to save people without all the egotistical baggage of also getting them to believe in her and exalt her as the greatest thing since sliced bread.