Jesus crucifix billboards, The musical.

sportage

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A lot of these popping up in many states along the roadways.
Maybe its just me, but I find it offensive not to other non-Christian religions, not to Atheist, but to true Christianity itself.
Reminds me of the old Jesus crucifix logo jock straps back in high school.

There are Christians and then there are Christians.
Christians believe in what is behind the crucifix.
Other Christians believe in this IN YOUR FACE religion, IM RIGHT, YOUR WRONG.
They totally miss the point.

This should be offensive to the true Christian.
Those that believe being a Christian means a bit more beyond wearing a little gold pin.
Or sticking up some larger than life crucifix billboard next to the Taco Bell.
No wonder the younger folks are falling away from religion in droves.
This thinking of some Christians where religion is just some MTV in your face music video.

 

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Why would a Christian be offended. Aren't they supposed to "spread the word"?
 

PottedMeat

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the only crucifix jesus worth putting up:

35830ww.jpg
 

Ruptga

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I somewhat agree. Around my neck of the woods appeals to Christianity are often thinly masked xenophobia, and the people that need to understand that never get it because it's being played to their own biases. It doesn't upset me though, just makes me want to move.
 

SlitheryDee

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Doesn't bother me.

That sign space could have been used for a more useful message though.

How about this one:

"Too many kids"? "Next time you hump, try cumming on the tits".
 

PieIsAwesome

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If I were Christian I don't think I would like that. Too tasteless. Also demeaning, being on a billboard like some commercial advertisement.
 
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SlitheryDee

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If I were Christian I don't think I would like that. Too tasteless.

See, I think that a mostly naked, bleeding, tortured, and dying man IS a tasteless thing to put on billboard, but this is the Crucifixion we're talking about here. It's pretty much the most important symbology of their religion. There's no way a Christian should think it's tasteless. The things we find tasteless are included intentionally to drive home the pain and suffering that Jesus (allegedly) went through for his people. Leaving that out would leave out the most important part of the message.
 

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See, I think that a mostly naked, bleeding, tortured, and dying man IS a tasteless thing to put on billboard, but this is the Crucifixion we're talking about here. It's pretty much the most important symbology of their religion. There's no way a Christian should think it's tasteless. The things we find tasteless are included intentionally to drive home the pain and suffering that Jesus (allegedly) went through for his people. Leaving that out would leave out the most important part of the message.

which is why the fish should be the real symbol of christianity. either that or bread.
 

Ruptga

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Its actually a beautiful bill board if that is possible. Ground lighting would be better.

I suppose we do have to give the ad company that much, but talk about casting your pearls before swine. They don't care about it as art, the whole point is to cause an emotional rush for the converted.
 

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I don't know, it's just an ad. No different than a billboard for a TV show or movie. /shrug

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I suppose we do have to give the ad company that much, but talk about casting your pearls before swine. They don't care about it as art, the whole point is to cause an emotional rush for the converted.

It isn't about art. The Crucifixion is the means to the end of the Christian concept of salvation. It may be pearls before swine, but it's not intended for your sensibilities, but it's hoped that someone among the masses will "get it", again that being defined by the faith.
 

Ruptga

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It isn't about art. The Crucifixion is the means to the end of the Christian concept of salvation. It may be pearls before swine, but it's not intended for your sensibilities, but it's hoped that someone among the masses will "get it", again that being defined by the faith.

I'm very familiar with Christian culture, and I'm sure what you've said is what the people paying for that ad would say, verbatim. However, who on the outside is going to look at that and think "I've really been missing out"? That sort of ad is purely for the benefit of the converted; it will be moving for true believers and marginal adherents who can feel guilty about not being more committed, but that's all. Why? Those that don't care for religion or are sold on a different religion don't care about whatever Christian narrative because they don't buy any of it. It doesn't matter how awesome Jesus is in the Christian concept of salvation if a person doesn't accept that worldview in the first place.
 

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I'm very familiar with Christian culture, and I'm sure what you've said is what the people paying for that ad would say, verbatim. However, who on the outside is going to look at that and think "I've really been missing out"? That sort of ad is purely for the benefit of the converted; it will be moving for true believers and marginal adherents who can feel guilty about not being more committed, but that's all. Why? Those that don't care for religion or are sold on a different religion don't care about whatever Christian narrative because they don't buy any of it. It doesn't matter how awesome Jesus is in the Christian concept of salvation if a person doesn't accept that worldview in the first place.

If one rejects a particular worldview entirely then you would be correct. Human nature isn't quite that simple though. Not everyone is on this or that side of a hard line, and it's to those I believe this would be directed to. Without doubt this would serve as a reminder to Christians as well, but from an objective behavioral sense that wouldn't be it entirely. One thing though, it sure got noticed by the OP. Maybe he's under "conviction". :p
 

SlitheryDee

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I'm very familiar with Christian culture, and I'm sure what you've said is what the people paying for that ad would say, verbatim. However, who on the outside is going to look at that and think "I've really been missing out"? That sort of ad is purely for the benefit of the converted; it will be moving for true believers and marginal adherents who can feel guilty about not being more committed, but that's all. Why? Those that don't care for religion or are sold on a different religion don't care about whatever Christian narrative because they don't buy any of it. It doesn't matter how awesome Jesus is in the Christian concept of salvation if a person doesn't accept that worldview in the first place.

I think dying for the benefit of others is quite interesting and heroic. The idea behind the story of christ has never been my problem with christianity. My problem is that I just don't believe it really happened. I doubt Jesus even existed, much less was the son of God. I also think that sin isn't something that can be forgiven with death. The two aren't related in such a way for that to make sense. As Doug Stanhope said "Saying Jesus died for your sins is like me saying I hit myself in the foot with a shovel for your mortgage".

Still, sacrificing ones self for others is generally considered to be a laudable action. I can totally appreciate it in a very generalized sense. Of course I also got a bit choked up when King Kong died in the Peter Jackson film too.
 

Ruptga

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Those people are part of what I meant by "marginal adherents," though I suppose even that was a bit too narrow so... fine, you got me. :colbert: