Monday, February 08, 2010

Jesus wants you to prevent forest fires...

... more stupid art; and the visual assault continues.

My favorite caption thus far and submitted by Tim; "When you only saw one set of footprints in the sand, that's when I let the bear eat you."



Really... I have no idea what the purpose of Jesus walking with a bear serves. What is the artist trying to say here? Let us speculate.

42 comments:

Mike in CT said...

Jesus has to be about twelve feet tall! And is the bear also walking on water with him? Oh bear of great faith!

Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

The bear is along to eat heretics.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Exactly, the bear is for eating Heretics, either that, or I remember a bear being on Papa B's Coat of Arms :)

But the picture is horrible, agreed.

Tim said...

When you only saw one set of footprints in the sand, that's when I let the bear eat you.

Curtis said...

It seems the artist grossly misinterpreted the words of the Qui habitat: "In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone."

Mary Ellen said...

I'm not sure what the artist was saying about the bear, but I have to wonder why Jesus' tunic has a zipper in the front. And is that a hoody slung over his shoulder?

ehilton said...

2 Kings 2:23-24
Mess with God and bears will eat you.

I'm not kidding.

Look it up.

Really.

joan said...

He bears all our sins for us.

Jackie said...

He's in bear country ....duh.

The Crescat said...

"When you only saw one set of footprints in the sand, that's when I let the bear eat you."

WIN!

Maria said...

I guess we have to bear the burden.

RFP said...

Jesus predicts a bear market. What???
You don't think Jesus knows all about finance? :)

Vincenzo said...

http://i47.tinypic.com/9s4fps.jpg

margaret said...

Look, Kat and Tim, don't you know I read blogs while eating breakfast and that toast crumbs can be fatal???? *snort* *choke*

Fr. Z said...

"...that's when I let the bear eat you."

Perfection.

Badger Catholic said...

LOL

Rob said...

No question. Tim wins. People will wonder all day why I keep breaking out in sudden laughter and mumbling, "that is when I let the bears eat you."

The Ironic Catholic said...

Thanks for the first real laugh out loud moment I've had all week!

SherryTex said...

Love bears all things.

Don said...

That must by Gladly, the cross-eyed bear.

tamtam said...

ROFL!!!

Strange taste knows no bounds...

Hermannn said...

This isn't Jesus. In religious art, the bear is either the companion of St. Corbinianus (Bavaria) or St. Gallus (Switzerland). And for the prevention of forest fires, please, call for the assistance of St. Florian, patron saint of Fire Brigades all over the world.

Hermannn said...

As to your question (caption) for this poster:

Possible this illustration was perpetrated as an obscure reference concerning rhetorical questions about the Pope being catholic and bears having a metabolism ...

Tim said...

Suitable for framing.

Seamus said...

The painting is so bad, how do we know that this is Jesus? Maybe this is a promotional poster for a new TV series: "The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, The Early Years". This painting could show Dan Haggerty fixin' to do some baptizing, or maybe it is the bear who will baptize Grizzly Adams...

Marquis said...

This thread has become unbearable! :)

truthfinder said...

PLEASE! Do NOT read this blog while eating or drinking ANYTHING!!

nanc said...

This would be a big hit at Open Salon!

+Miguel Vinuesa+ said...

"Grab your cross and bear with me" ;)

Melissa "Darla" In Texas said...

I realize I am waaay late on this, but oh dear heavens, I almost choked on my coffee!

Martin said...

THE BEAR IS THERE TO EAT MORMONS, OF COURSE.

Fruitful Vine said...

Yogi caught wind that there were twelve baskets of leftovers after the multiplication of loaves and fish.

Howard said...

Seamus beat me to it. Definitely Grizzly Adams. I don't see a nail wound in the left hand.

MARKUS said...

Silly, there's no bear in the picture!

helgothjb said...

Even HE knows to chew Grizzly long cut smokeless tobacco!

Nick said...

Maybe it's meant to depict the beauty of God's creations and creatures?

beadgirl said...

"that's when I let the bear eat you."

I am strongly tempted to put that in cross-stitch.

Anneg said...

I know this is very old, but I forwarded it to some friends. Just got an answer that explains it all: Haven't y'all read That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis? The bear disrupts the Lib convention and eats the "Head", Mr Bultitude, I think. AnneG in NC

Anneg said...

I know this is very old, but I forwarded it to some friends. Just got an answer that explains it all: Haven't y'all read That Hideous Strength by CS Lewis? The bear disrupts the Lib convention and eats the "Head", Mr Bultitude, I think. AnneG in NC

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HEIRS Health & Home said...

As you can see I have written and rewritten what I wanted to say about this "art"....I am not going to suggest that I have the right to say it is good or bad art. However, there is learning in almost anything we see and there are important themes including what seems to be a modern-day representation of religion and its connection to the natural world. Of course, some may have missed this and I am sure my comments below will also draw fire.....

It is my belief the artist is expressing an understanding of the symbolism of bears in culture and religion and this picture does well to tie this theme together. In many cultures, bear medicine is very strong and even ancient peoples were aware that bear physiology allows them to overcome environmental stresses that would normally cause an animal to succomb to death or in the very least, become very ill. Bears do not eat or drink or excrete waste and toxins for as long as six months during hibernation. Thus far, it is unclear how bears can do this without reaching a point of toxicity that would normally kill an organism.

In this picture, Jesus is walking with the bear and the artist may be conveying his belief the bear's powerful medicine comes from God. In addition, I would like to believe the artist understands the true nature of the black bear which seems to be represented by the calm and peaceful expression and images here. It is true, black bears can be dangerous but they are not "evil" or nearly as dangerous as they are depicted in literature or the media. Generally, their their behavior is determined by fear not aggression. In this, we see a contrast because in Christian religion, Jesus represents strength and love. Also, there are some obvious parallels here between harmony and acceptance of different religions just like harmony and peace will only come between man and beast when they learn to co-exist.