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How Satire Helped My Faith

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

By Will Simmons




I am so thankful for satire. Satire can help us see the truth of the resurrection of Jesus so clearly. Now I know these first 2 sentences don’t really make a whole lot of sense, but bear with me. A few weeks ago, before Easter, one of the fellows sent us a video titled, “If Jesus' Resurrection Were A Hoax.” I was a little hesitant at first because of the title, and was so confused that this fellow of all people would send us something trying to claim that the resurrection was a hoax. But I continued and watched the video, and laughed hysterically. As someone who can be skeptical at times, it was extremely helpful for my faith, as funny and weird as that sounds… a satirical video helping me believe in the truth of Jesus. I’d highly recommend watching, but in short, the disciples are gathered after Jesus died and are celebrating their “genius” plan to steal Jesus’ body, lie about it by saying he rose from the dead, and then get brutally murdered.


My words don’t do it justice, but the video captures the absolutely ridiculous idea of the skeptics who deny the resurrection of Jesus. And it reminds me of the disciples and how crushed they were after Jesus died—so upset that they went and hid. And then all of a sudden, days later, they are out boldly preaching that Jesus has risen from the dead. They would go on and be hated, brutally beaten, and murdered. These disciples were stoned, beheaded, and crucified. Peter was believed to be crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to die in the same manner as Jesus. And that’s the same Peter that denied Jesus.


Now who would go through these unimaginable things all for a lie? That is exactly what the video portrays so well and is why satire has helped me see the truth about Jesus being raised to life more clearly. I came into the Capital Fellows program with some serious doubts that have come from extremely intelligent people who have tried to disprove the Bible and Christianity. Now, after having gone through a few seminary classes and asking lots of questions, a lot of my doubts and questions have been answered. The beauty I see in Jesus and Christianity is that while it is so complex it is also so simple. And I love that something so small and simple can go a long way in helping strengthen my faith.




 

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