As any religious scholar will tell you, Christ said many things that were profound, inspiring, and uplifting, but He wasn't all too entertaining... Or was He?
It's an interesting phenomenon: Jesus
is generally presented as an admirable figure, or at least benign, even in non-Christian or anti
-Christian media. Atheists, Jews, Buddhists, cynics—anyone who might author stories unflattering in their portrayal of the Almighty
, The Bible
or religion in general
—are nonetheless complimentary to that nice Jewish boy. This can be used as a Take That
to Christianity ("Jesus was cool even if his followers all suck"), but also as a Pet the Dog
moment from a character who is otherwise portrayed as villainous and/or hostile to the status quo ("Even Bad Men Love Their Jesus
"). This makes sense, in a way. Jesus was supposed to be the Messiah in mortal form, and as such, having a sense of humor is possible, if not probable.
This is not always received well. Portraying Jesus as a cool dude can somewhat dent his gravitas as a religious figurehead, and as a result some Christians can get offended by (what they consider to be) the trivialization of their Lord and Savior. Others may note that Jesus is Way Cool because he happens to agree with the writer on all sorts of subjects, even those where all the evidence is the other way round. On the other, when employed in works that try to play up Christianity as being "cool" by association, it generally gets a free pass. Always remember that tropes are neither inherently good nor inherently bad, just tools
The trope is usually associated with atheistic former Christians who are attempting to dissociate themselves from Christianity, but still have issues with it, and therefore need to view/depict Christ as a sympathetic figure, in order to obtain integration, resolution, and catharsis; Kevin Smith
's example (from Dogma
, as shown in the trope photo) is quintessential of this, as was South Park
's attempt to basically include Jesus as a member of their community.
Nevertheless, the trope actually does have some genuine theological support insofar as Jesus is depicted as being allowed to drink wine, and tended to associate with prostitutes, people found guilty of adultery, tax collectors, and various other types who were considered unsavoury by the religious authorities of the day. He also had a pronounced anti-authoritarian streak, regularly calling out religious leaders for acting Holier Than Thou
. Study of the New Testament (and the non-canon Gospels) will tend to show Christ as much less severe than he is sometimes depicted by certain church authorities, who have been known to (ironically) misuse his words
with an eye on political and social control.
A character-centric Sub-Trope
of Unacceptable Targets
. When Jesus surpasses "way cool" and delves into "Freakin' Badass
", that's Kung-Fu Jesus
. Compare and contrast Jesus Was Crazy
, Hippie Jesus
. When cool people express admiration for him, it's a case of Real Men Love Jesus
. When people philosophize about imitating him, it often overlaps with What Would X Do?
. A supertrope to No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus
(Jesus is always special, even if there are individuals In-Universe
who are capable of matching or exceeding his own supernatural feats) and No Such Thing as Space Jesus
(one part this to one part Humans Are Special
Compare God Is Good
, which is similar to this trope but more focused on The Father or the whole Trinity instead of just The Son.
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Anime and Manga
- In the manga Saint Young Men, Jesus and Buddha are best buddies living in Tokyo and generally enjoying the human world on their vacation, doing such mundane things as going to convenience stores, taking the train and buying souvenirs. Even though Jesus is depicted as a bit of a Bunny-Ears Lawyer, it's affectionate rather than insulting.
- Even a work as disturbing as Arm of Kannon gave props to Jesus. He was apparently one of the very few people who could contain one of the eponymous Pieces of God without losing control. The way it's portrayed is incredibly awesome too. Jesus calmly faced the out of control Arm which had taken on the form of a rampaging dragon and offered it a home inside him. Jesus stared down a dragon and peacefully subdued it.
- In the Battle Pope series, Jesus is the hippie and oblivious sidekick to a Bad Ass post-apocalyptic God-buffed Pope.
- Garth Ennis, well-known for his Rage Against the Heavens/God Is Evil stories, sympathetically portrays Jesus in Chronicles of Wormwood. Jesus, or "Jay", is the African-American best friend of the titular Anti Anti Christ (both sons who hate their dads), who suffered brain damage from police brutality while protesting the Iraq War, and who has suffered psychologically for centuries from his overwhelming desire to do good.
- In another Ennis-written example, the demon Hoss tells Ghost Rider a story that strongly implies that Jesus's message of forgiveness and love was distorted by demonic interference so that it became one of "pain an' sacrifice an' guilt...just another damn religion." The same comic features a ruthless, mass-murdering, child-killing archangel as Heaven's agent on Earth and two Smug Snake lesser angels in the Celestial Bureaucracy only out to save their own bacon, suggesting that Jesus was a major exception to the usual way of doing business Up There.
- In Valerian the Son is the most laid-back member of the Trinity of Hypsis, taking the form of a guitar-playing, weed-smoking hippie with stigmata. He once healed the comic's Satan Expy (who isn't really a bad guy either)!
- Underground comic artist Frank Stack (aka Foolbert Sturgeon) did a few comic books with Jesus in the present day, quietly (mostly) observing humanity's less than stellar actions.
- In Spawn, God and Satan, though neither are particularly malevolent toward anyone but each other, are portrayed as essentially bratty teenagers on a cosmic scale. Jesus, on the other hand, is not God's son, but His mother, and the true Creator of the universe. She (the entity is technically genderless, but usually given feminine attributes) incarnated herself on Earth in an attempt to make humanity better than her children. As can be imagined given this goal, religious fundamentalism gets her down.
- Incidentally, Spawn's creator and head writer Todd McFarlane is an atheist. Speaks to his respect of the guy.
- Well before her true religious conversion in Angel Of The Bat, Cassandra Cain is shown to be notably uncomfortable with Christianity (particularly the Old Testament), only really starting to warm up to it when she learns about Jesus, who she really likes and gets behind.
- Monty Python's Life of Brian is surprisingly non-scathing toward Jesus in a work that parodies the religions based on his teachings; the Pythons rejected their initial concept of Brian as a forgotten disciple of Jesus because the laughs stopped dead whenever Jesus was around — none of them felt comfortable directly making jokes about Him. He remains in one scene where people mishear the Sermon on the Mount (which He is delivering straight), which basically epitomizes the real theme of the movie: the conflict between what Jesus said and what certain people thought (and still think) they heard. (The Pythons had hoped to persuade George Lazenby to play Jesus so they could proclaim "George Lazenby IS Jesus Christ!" on their posters, but Lazenby was busy.)
- Although He never speaks and is only seen from behind or at a distance, Jesus appears as a background character in Ben Hur. One memorable scene has Him giving a drink of water to the title character. A Roman Centurion tries to stop Him, but Jesus just stares at him without a word and the Centurion backs down.
- In the original stage version, Jesus was played by a spotlight. Part of the contract from the author of the original book was that Jesus would not be portrayed by an actor.
- Hair - The title song references wanting "hair like Jesus wore it." Jesus was so cool, he had hippie hair 1,935 years before hippies even existed. note
- Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter has the titular character hunting vampires, doing Kung Fu, dancing, singing, and preaching tolerance for sexual minorities.
"Don't follow me. Follow my teachings."
- Tommy Gnosis from Hedwig and the Angry Inch
- The View Askewniverse (the films of Kevin Smith) gives us The Buddy Christ, pictured above. This version of Jesus was part of the "Catholicism WOW!" campaign in Dogma as part of a move to boost Church attendance. Oddly, despite the cynicism of the move, Cardinal Glick's stated reasoning was sound: the symbol of Christianity being the cross was, to him, "wholly depressing". "Christ didn't come here to give us the willies! He came to help us out!" He has since cameoed in more than one Kevin Smith film since then (Smith's comic shop even had a life-size version in the store).
- While most of The Last Temptation of Christ focuses on his internal strife over living as a man or dying painfully to fulfill God's will, the Wedding at Cana scene gives Jesus a sense of fun and humor. (Even better, the whole exchange is Canon);
Father of the Bride: It's been three days and I'm about to run out of wine.
Jesus: What's in those jugs over there?
Father: Just water.
Jesus: No, it's wine.
Father: It's water, I just brought them up from the river myself.
Jesus: Check again.
Father: (skeptically has a taste) It's wine!
Jesus: (smiling) Told you.
- In The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, the main conflict erupts between the local druid/pagan factions of Britain and early Christians at the time of King Arthur. Even so, at least one prominent druid (Merlin, no less) remarks that he has never had a problem with Jesus, only with the way most people interpret His words.
- Christopher Moore's novel Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal is based entirely around this trope, portraying "the lost years" of Jesus' life between the events of the Gospels. Among its more notable scenes, Jesus: learns kung fu from Shaolin monks, learns to become invisible (by achieving Nirvana, to humorous effect with His friends and general consternation of the monks), becomes best friends with the last Yeti, and becomes a yoga master, which somehow lets Him create food out of thin air. This is all played relatively straight, however... and the character is portrayed very sympathetically. Jesus in the book... really is shown as being way cool.
- Robert A. Heinlein's Job: A Comedy of Justice paints God as a jerkass (though not evil), Satan as vaguely benevolent and both as mere peons before real deities, who run some sort of creation business. But Jesus and Saint Peter are both good guys.
- Despite being irreverent towards religion in general, the beginning of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy still gives a nod to the man who was "nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change."
- José Saramago's "O Evangelho Segundo Jesus Cristo" (The Gospel According to Jesus Christ) makes a notable twist in the portrayal of Jesus; while he is sympathetic, in the end Yahweh leaves him to die alone, making his whole life a Shaggy Dog Story; even for works where God is evil and Jesus good this is unusual, specially considering that it is implied God might be a figured that Jesus envisioned rather than real. Naturally, many people didn't take this well. Also, when John the Baptist appears in the book, Jesus is sorry for not being so cool as him.
- Robert Rankin's Armageddon: The MusicalJesus is way cool and a generally nice guy when he comes down to try and sort out the plot. His sister Christine, however, rather resents him getting all the press again.
- In the book Deadline the main character has frequent dreams in which he talks to a character named "Hey-Soos". Hey-Soos is basically a tanner white robe wearing version of the 18 year old main character, has a calm, laid-back demeanor and is very supportive of main character Ben Wolf. He also likes to make jokes about his reminiscence of Jesus Christ through various means, one of which being when he made his hands bleed during a dream talk he had with Ben to freak him out, then laughing about it.
- Attacked by C. S. Lewis, who pointed out that 'great humanistic teachers' do not go around telling people that there is no way to heaven except through them, and said that the only options for opinions on Jesus were 'Mad, Bad, or God'. If you picked the 'God' option, then you would think he was cool. The message wasn't 'Jesus wasn't a good guy', it was that Jesus' life and teachings were 100% different to other moral teachers, and shouldn't be lumped in with them, and the only way he could be legitimately way cool was if he was genuinely a messenger of God.
- The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is equal parts this and a Take That against organized religion (compare the many variations of "your Christians are so unlike your Christ" in Real Life below). It suggests that the "great humanistic teacher" and the Shameless Self-Promoter, who C. S. Lewis considered so incompatible, were separate characters, with "the Scoundrel Christ" corrupting and profiting from the acts of "the Good Man Jesus", and that they were conflated by contemporary chroniclers.
- In James Morrow's Only Begotten Daughter, the second Messiah Julie Katz meets her older brother Jesus in Hell, where he tries to lessen the suffering of the damned. Although he initially comes across as a Jerk Ass, she eventually realizes Jesus Was Way Cool, and heads back to Earth to set things right with his blessing.
- In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden states that he's "sort of an atheist" but he likes Jesus, though his disciples annoy him. He also believes that "Jesus never sent old Judas to Hell".
- Memnohc the Devil: The Vampire Lestat met Jesus. At first he was freaked out meeting the son of God, but then Jesus gave the vampire a drink of his very own blood.
- In The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, one of the socialist characters who is openly opposed to Christianity admits that he is perfectly fine with Jesus, claiming that he was a practical man.
- Julian goes on for a bit about how Jesus was not God, that his followers suck, that the Roman prefect was correct in executing him... and that his moral teachings are beyond question.
Live Action TV
- The Axis Of Awesome has a song dedicated to this trope. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is awesome.
- Inverted in Beck's song Satan was Way Cool.
- The Trope Namer by King Missile.
- In an inversion of a typical Take That: "No wonder there's so many Christians".
- I'll Bet He was Cool by Savage Garden.
- Look up virtually any Black Metal band if you want to see this trope averted.
- Jesus Christ Superstar
Caiaphas: One thing I'll say for him — Jesus is cool.
- This is averted in some later versions, which change the line to "Infantile sermons, the multitude drools."
- As you might guess from the examples above, this trope is often (though far from always) an exemption from Religion Rant Song targeting.
- Miranda Lambert's latest single "Heart Like Mine" has a chorus that goes like this: "I heard Jesus, He drank wine and I'd bet we'd get along just fine. He can calm a storm and heal the blind and I'd bet he'd understand a heart like mine."
- "Jesus Is Just Alright", popularized by the Doobie Brothers, and later covered by Christian Rock act dc Talk.
- REM's Michael Stipe is often critical of religion in his lyrics, and says in "New Test Leper" that while he can't say he loves Jesus, the guy did make some good points.
- The Woody Guthrie song "Jesus Christ" depicts Christ as a socialist rebel killed for speaking truth to power (and notably makes no reference to his resurrection).
- Guthrie also wrote a song called "Christ for President," later recorded by Wilco as part of Mermaid Avenue. President Christ promises "a job and pension for young and old."
- Ewan MacColl's "Ballad of the Carpenter", also covered by Phil Ochs is pretty similar.
- Lady Gaga's "Black Jesus + Amen Fashion":
Jesus is the new black. AOWW!!
- Tim Minchin's song WoodyAllenJesus (yes, he spells it as a Wiki Word) lists some of Jesus's powers and attributes, and consequently accumulates words to put in front of "Jesus". "Dragon" is one of those words, but "crystal" isn't.
Praise be to MagicWoodyAllenZombieSupermanKomodoDragonTelepathicVampireQuantumHovercraftMeJesus!"
- Brazilian's Jesus negao (ni*** Jesus) by Comedy group Hermes and Renato. They sing about how he's the man, how he's great at soccer, how he's awesome and a lot of other things. They also sing about how he's not coming today because he's feeling nailed.
- What do you get when you combine this trope with Jive Turkey? "Jesus Christ is my Nigga". 
- Country/Folk artist John Prine had "Jesus, The Missing Years," which presents Christ as a confused adolescent.
- Arjona's song "Jesus is verb, not noun" talks about how Jesus is the best of all, and that he would hate how religion take advantage of the people.
- "Jesus Was a Terrorist" by Jello Biafra and Nomeansno. While it was written and sung by Biafra, an atheist, it's actually less dismissive of him than one would expect from the title. The song is actually about freedom of speech, drawing parallels between the way the Roman government treated Jesus for preaching his faith to the way certain contemporary politicians and activists (who, ironically, are/were mostly Christian) tried to censor musicians and other artists/entertainers.
- Comedian George Carlin, a well known atheist, in his stand-up routine included Jesus in his list of good people who were killed who wanted peace on Earth. His portrayal of Jesus in one of his audio books was very positive as well. In this portrayal he indicated that Jesus would probably be very disappointed in modern Christianity.
- Carlin also played Cardinal Glick (see the example for Dogma above).
- A Christian comedian, Mark Lowry, once discussed Jesus turning water into wine in his act. He said something like, "What I like about Jesus is that his first miracle wasn't healing the blind or raising the dead... his first miracle was to just keep the party going."
- Eddie Izzard frequently comments on religion in his stand-up routines, and thus mentions Jesus on occasion. In "Dressed to Kill", he stated that he believed that Jesus existed and had "interesting ideas in the Gandhi-type area, in the Nelson Mandela-type area, you know, relaxed and groovy." Just don't take his name in vain. Or call him "Jeezy Creezy".
, I went down there, I taught 'em to be hang out, be groovy, drink a bit of wine, they split into different groups! You've got the Catholics, the Protestants, the Jesuits, the Methodists, the Evangelicals, the free Presbyterians, the locked up Presbyterians... the Quakers, the Bakers, the Candlestick Makers... The Mormons are from Mars, Dad, we've had that checked out
- Stand-up comedian Richard Herring has an entire comedy show, 'Christ on a Bike', devoted to how much of the Bible is utter nonsense if you try analyzing it sensibly, but admits that he quite likes Jesus, he just hates the evils that he sees as having been justified by Christianity and the Bible. As he puts it, "Jesus was a cool guy, a lot of the people who follow him are idiots. Jesus is a lot like The Fonz in that respect.
- Philip Bowman, an Irish stand-up comedian, has an act called "Jesus: the Guantanamo Years." In addition to talking about Jesus' stay in Guantanamo (he was an Arab guy trying to take a plane into the United States and ready to die as a martyr, what did you think was going to happen?) Jesus talks about Himself in his stand-up comedy career. He goes around telling long stories about himself that go nowhere, yet slyly prove a point about life.
- In Patton Oswalt's stand-up special, Finest Hour, Oswalt, an atheist, remarks that the only thing that would prevent Jesus from getting into a superhero team like the X-Men would be his own wisdom and humility. He then runs through a hypothetical scenario in which Jesus auditions for the X-Men and, instead of telling them about his more impressive miracles that could be useful to a superhero team like raising the dead, he would instead bring up the time he fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish.
- Comedian/beat poet Lord Buckley spoke fondly of Jesus in "The Nazz" (short for "Nazarene", after Nazareth, the village where Jesus lived as a child). He described Jesus in hipster beat-poet dialect as the "wailin'est, strumminest, swingin'est cat that ever stomped on this jumpin' green sphere."
"And The Nazz talkin' about how pretty the hour, how pretty the flower,
how pretty you, how pretty me, how pretty the tree.
Nazz had them pretty eyes.
He wanted everybody to see with pretty eyes and see how pretty it was."
- In John Wick's Thirty, the characters meet several different versions of Jesus. The two most notable are the self-described Gnostic Jesus, who is mundane but a philosophical genius and kind of awesome ... and Paul's Jesus, who is a psychotic firebreathing monster the size of a building.
- In the Reefer Madness musical, Jesus is just about the only cool person present. Almost all the other characters are pathetic, deranged, and/or sociopathic drug addicts, or they're incredibly square and easily manipulated rubes. Jesus, on the other hand, speaks out against marijuana as the lead singer in a heavenly night club, accompanied by a troupe of sexy, scantily clad angels. Even in a musical that satirizes anti-marijuana Aesops, this can't help but come off as awesome.
Joan of Arc: The Lord of Hosts, the stranger from the manger, the hardest working man in the afterlife: give it up for Jesus!
Audience Member: You rock, Jesus!
- You know some of that stuff Jesus did? He did it in under 10 seconds. At least, that's what this game has you do.
- Jesus has never personally appeared in a Shin Megami Tensei game, unless you count the strongest of the Olympus Mons in Persona 3, which represents Messianic figures in general, there are implications here and there that both the Law and Chaos factions seriously respected Him. Given that these two factions are perfectly willing to nuke entire universes to piss each other off, that this is the one thing they can agree on speaks volumes.
- In The Salvation War, Jesus is definitely cool. He realizes how insane his father is well before anyone else and tries three times to help humanity (Jesus, Mohamed, and someone else, possibly Joan of Arc or Martin Luther), but after these attempts backfire and he sees how rapidly they are progressing, he decides to see what they can do to correct the injustices done to them on their own. Even after Michael the Angelic Anti-Hero sets him up to die by nuclear weapon, he still forgives him because he understands his motivation for doing so.
- Jesus Christ Supercop portrays Jesus as a stereotypical Cowboy Cop. It's not a benign version of Christ, and certainly not a nice Jewish boy... but you cannot deny that this Jesus is Cool.
- In this I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC video, Iron Man is daydreaming about the opening day of The Dark Knight and how it's stealing the hype for his movie. Everybody is rejecting his movie (released a few months before) as being yesterday's news, but the culmination is the arrival of Jesus.
My children, I have come back to you. The sheer awesomeness of The Dark Knight
has brought about my Second Coming, and with it the Rapture, which shall begin immediately. ...after the 7:45 session. I gotta see this bad boy!
- Richard Dawkins: Atheists for Jesus.
- The Nostalgia Critic has the character of Santa Christ, a combination of Jesus and Santa who saves puppies from fires, cures diabetes, saved us from our sins, and also likes pancakes.
- In the Mr Deity series, Jesus isn't perfect, but he's almost always standing up for the general good of humanity and objecting to particularly unreasonably aspects of the way his father does things. Out of Mr. Deity (God), Larry (archangel), Lucy (devil and Mr. Deity's girlfriend), and Jesus, who are the four main characters, Jesus generally gets portrayed as being more concerned with doing good than the other three and more reasonable than Mr. Deity.
- In the parody of Taylor Swift's "22" by Bart Baker, Jesus Is Way Cool, taking Taylor's exes to the strip club after defeating Satan-Taylor.
- Appears very rarely in Elijah And Azuu, where he seems to take on a sort of cool older brother role for the various angels. Has an apparent tendency to answer all questions of morality with, "What would I do?" (much to the annoyance of divine beings looking for a little guidance). God has a similarly laid-back personality.
- Jesus first appears in Shortpacked! as a hallucination after Robin gets a nasty knock on the head. Eventually, he becomes a background cast member (when Galasso resurrects him). Though he has a much darker skin tone than generally depicted and referred to as "the Historical Jesus," he's also portrayed as a friendly man who spends most of his time promising nice customers that kindness is always rewarded. Though he does tell off a couple rich guys and give Ethan (a Jew) a good Death Glare when he finds out the latter is perfectly willing to work on the Sabbath.
- South Park, an outrageous show if ever there was one, generally shies away from Crossing the Line Twice where its Jesus is concerned. The miracles and theology take some whacks, but Jesus himself is a generally nice and occasionally heroic character in a Crapsack World of loathsome misanthropes and buffoons.
- He was part of the "Council of the Nine" in the Imaginationland trilogy - the most righteous and heroic characters in all of fiction. (Note that Aslan was a member too. Jesus is so awesome, he got to be on the Council TWICE.) Also doubles as a Take That.
- He also has a rather fitting knack for Heroic Sacrifice. Of course he recovers.
- The genesis of the show was in a short called The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs. Santa, in which the Lamb Of God opens a can of whoopass on Kris Kringle.
- Family Guy
- Portrays Jesus as playing golf with guys on weekdays, and going to bars with God on weekends (Seth MacFarlane is an atheist). According to Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, was a very bad magician and he's really short.
- One cutaway portrayed Jesus as black.
- He also entertains his friends by turning water into funk.
: I rode into town on an ass....(looks at screen
) Yo' momma's
- Another episode portrayed him as Chinese
"I just came back from Heaven and I learned that Jesus is Chinese and His last name is Hong. Jesus Hong. I don`t know where they got the Christ."
- At one point, Jesus shows up to convince the temporarily anti-Semitic Peter that Judaism and Christianity are two sides of the same coin. He then says that all religions are complete crap, earning a thank you from the atheist Brian.
- The earlier episode "The Thin White Line" features a significantly tamer example: a Sunday school classroom with a poster reading "it's cool to love Jesus."
- In the New Zealand animated comedy series, Bro'town, Jesus stars in every episode as every episode starts in heaven with god telling a story using the main characters. Jesus is depicted as a hip but naive teenager who learns from God's stories.
- Futurama: The robot Jews believe that He was built, and that He was a well-programmed robot, but they don't believe He was the robot Messiah. To all the robotic faithful out there, this is Robot Jesus, who may or may not be related to Zombie Jesus or the Jesus involved in the Second Coming of 2443.
- Clone High had Jesús, a Latino clone of the Nazarene, who would attempt to give sage advice to other characters but often ended up accidentally injuring himself.
Jesús: God has a plan for all of us. A painful, painful plan.
Caesar: Careful with that nailgun, Jesús!
- The Simpsons has referenced this trope a few times:
God: "My Son went to Earth once. I don't know what you people did to him, but he hasn't been the same since." *Cut to Jesus sitting forlornly on a swingset*
- They showed Jesus in another episode where Homer and Bart were being drawn to Catholicism. Marge had a nightmare where she went to the WASPy Protestant Heaven while Homer and Bart went to the loud, boisterous, Catholic Heaven. Jesus ended up in the Catholic Heaven, "going native".
- Subverted in an episode about religion where Homer begins reminding the family of a certain cool guy with long hair and big ideas... but he's talking about a guy "who used to drive that blue car", whose name escapes him.
- On another occasion, the bullies confront Bart after Lisa converts to Buddhism, responding to his "Who cares?" by telling him there's a man who cares, who has long hair, works as a carpenter, and has some crazy ideas about peace and love. His name's Gunther, and he's dating Jimbo's mom. Sometimes he buys them beer.
- Rev. Lovejoy pulled a joke like this too during one of his sermons. He said, "I know of one visitor who came from the heavens, only to die and be reborn... And his name was... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." (Cries a little)'' "I loved that little guy."
- Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil, revolving around a pending Armageddon, has Jesus as a laid-back deejay.
- In an American Dad! Christmas episode, the Rapture occurs and Stan and Francine were left behind. Jesus comes back to lead people against the Anti Christ. He doesn't have his superpowers (except for being able to withstand freezing temperatures and Walk on Water), but he's still a badass. He's hunky and charismatic and actually front flips onto the Anti Christ's shoulder and snaps his neck with his thighs. He's also allowed to date this time and Stan calls him the best guy Francine could ever end up with.
- Beavis And Butthead: "Heh, heh, heh ... Christ is cool."
- Moral Orel: Reverend Putty hands out flyers saying "Remember kids, Jesus is Cool!"
- Here are some verifiable (Biblically-sourced, that is) facts about Human Body v2: Post-Resurrection; the ability of either teleportation or phasing through solid matter (Jesus appearing in locked rooms), some degree of mental obfuscation (disciples at Emmaus), indestructible (1 Cor 15:42), immunity to psy-ops (Rev 21:4 - no pain, no sorrow, no sadness) and a guarantee that all genuine Christians get these upgrades. Yeah, this kinda body isn't that of a zombie, unless you're talking about Necrons. Specifically, Necron Flayers- with built-in warp-portal generators. Bad Ass enough yet?
- Also, if you take one of the commonly held interpretations, Jesus was fully man though He was God in personality and being. Essentially, this means any human could do what He did if they were in tune enough with the will of God and faithful (as opposed to Him simply having the divine power while in mortal form). So Jesus's power would be based on sheer raw epic coolness. Corroborated after the whole telling the storm to shut up episode - he tells the disciples that "if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move." Matthew 17:20. Which seems like hyperbole, but when you consider that he's proscribing physical dimensions to an intangible concept...
- From the cultural perspective of Israel at that time, Jesus was an anti-establishment rebel who ran around with a gang of young men, trashed temples, and told everybody that everything they knew about righteousness and morality is wrong.
- He even gave his gang members awesome nicknames. Most famously, he gave Simon the name Petra (or Peter) which means "The Rock" in Greek. Oddly, no one translates it as "Simon called Rocky". St. Thomas' name is a nickname meaning "The Twin" (real name Judas) and the third Apostle named Judas got the nickname Thaddeus ("Braveheart"). The other is Simon "The Zealot". He also renamed the sons of Zebedee the Sons of Thunder. How filthy a temper do you need to have for Jesus to be impressed by it? note
- Jesus worked as a carpenter. He would have not been the thin meek figure commonly depicted. Now imagine him chasing the crooked money exchanges out of the temple... with a whip. When he was upending tables consider that some historians have suggested that those tables, given the era, would have been marble.
- He later (1300 years, give or take) appears to Julian of Norwich (who 'wrote' "Revelations of Divine Love") and told her, after showing her multiple fairly horrific visions, that "It has been behooved that Sin should exist; but, All will be well, and All will be well and All Manner of Thing will be well..." which is the basic belief of Universalists (Julian was described as a Proto-Universalist) that, even the Traitor (Satan) can be given the chance, even in Hell to be redeemed and Return to Paradise with the Father. It's VERY cool.
- Jesus' got his first fan (John the Baptist) just minutes after being magically introduced in Mary's womb. From the other end of the life spectrum, if what Jesus said was the truth it changes from Jesus was (past tense, implying that Jesus is still dead) way cool to he is (Jesus is still with us) way cool. Being God is pretty cool.
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