Good and Evil

For her 10th birthday this month, my middle daughter received this cool book from her Aunt Jenny. It's called Good and Evil, and it's a retelling of the Bible story in comic book form. Not a Bible in comic book form, this is a comic book telling the Bible story as written by Michael Pearl.

Before there was a beginning; before the first man was created; before the earth, the sun, the stars, even before light and time were created, there was God. He alone existed without beginning, but he was not lonely. He communed with himself in a perfect trinity of love. But God wanted to share his life. He wanted friends and neighbors. The Bible tells us in eternity past God created numerous kinds of angelic beings to offer praise around his throne but this is not their story.

This is the story of God working with mankind.(From the back cover.)


It's true to the form of a comic book and has beautiful (if sometimes graphic) art drawn by a former Marvel Comics artist. Why Bible comic book? Well, the comic book format is popular around the world and especially in areas of the world with little knowledge of the Bible. As a comic book, rather than a religious text, it has access to markets that a Bible can't get to.
We have created a product that will sell itself on an roadside stand in Thailand or India. It will find acceptance in countries otherwise closed to Christians. A box of them can be given to a Moslem or Hindu vendor, and he will put them on his stand for sale. They will go where no Bible is allowed, but will carry the same message. (From the Introduction.)

It's not the Bible, it's one man's retelling of the Bible story. As such, there will be embellishments and disagreements on the content (I wish he hadn't omitted the David and Goliath story and the disconnection of baptism and forgiveness is unfortunate in my view). I haven't read the whole thing yet, but it comes across as a cool book that portrays God's story in a unique and attractive way. I really appreciate the passion both for the comic cook genre and for getting the Bible story into hands that may not otherwise have the chance to read it.

What's more, in the first 3 days Emily had already read 20 pages. That's good enough for me.

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Awesome! I appreciate the concept of having images to share with the illiterate. In fact, that is what the church (Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) did when commissioning art works to put in their buildings (during the Dark Ages and late 'Early Christian/Byzantine' arras). The mass illiterate of the Western World would pour through these churches and on the walls would be massive frescos and stained glass, sculpture and architecture. These are works were to give the illiterate a sense of awe and basic bible story knowledge, enough for them to know that there is a heaven and hell and we someday will be in one or the other. Yes, it was the churches way of controlling the masses, but it was also a way to convey the gospel and works of the Old Testament heroes.

This comic book thing sounds like something that God could really use. Of course, the sinner's prayer or four spiritual laws might be mentioned in the back of the book, because this is a rationalization for quick conversions. However, bring a person to faith is still bring someone to faith; God himself says that Mercy triumphs over judgment. The early Christians used to have a saying about converts that were persecuted to death before they could get baptized, and it was called, "Baptism by fire". It was their faith that God would have mercy on these people anyway, even though the new converts had not been baptized by full immersion. However, that is the only time I have seen that work like that. Perhaps, as people in the Muslim world fear to convert to Christianity, The Father will provide opportunities to bring these people to faith. Of course, if you are not from my back ground, none of this would make any sense.



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