Blasphemy


Paul Fryer crucifixion gorilla Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone

Art? I think not. Click image to enlarge.

I’m used to being mocked for being a Christian. Most of it is tongue in cheek, every now and again it cuts a bit deeper, but it comes with the territory doesn’t it? Thing is I don’t really mind because in the interests of fair play it gives me the opportunity to present the only solution to the emptiness that most people feel but can’t face: absence, an absence that comes from a lack of a relationship with God.

Tonight I read an article about a piece of “art” hanging in the former Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone and I’m left feeling disgusted. Basically, a shock “artist”, Paul Fryer, has depicted a crucifixion but instead of Christ’s body a life size replica of an ape hangs upon the cross.

It’s blasphemy, it’s insulting but it’s not going to last forever.

What’s blasphemy? Wiki says, “Blasphemy is the use of reference to one or more gods in a manner considered objectionable by a religious authority. It may include using sacred names as stress expletives without intention to pray or speak of sacred matters; it is also sometimes defined as language expressing disbelief or disapproved beliefs, or ridiculing religious figures or symbols.”

Why’s this blasphemy insulting? Well, Jesus’ death on the cross as a substitute for the sin of sinners to satisfy the wrath of God is the sacred centre of the Christian faith, the focus, the crux, the Holy of Holies. It’s a No Go Zone.

Why’s it not going to last forever? Jesus’ has promised He’s coming back to judge all unrighteousness. Listen to the words recorded in Revelation regarding the breaking of the sixth seal,

12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth {made} of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Want to hear the verse in context? Revelation 6
What is this about?

This “art” is a window into what’s going on in the artists soul. And not just his but also the culture which allows it to be hung. Decrepid, degenerate, decadent, depraved. God says He’s very, very, very upset. Judgement, you can be certain, is around the corner.

To hang or not to hang? That is the questions. The “art” not the “artists” for tolerances sake.

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4 thoughts on “Blasphemy

  1. hi Mark, It really pains me what people do to the God we serve. Jesus’ death was so awefully painful for us and then portrayed in this way is certainly blasphemous. Thank you for the article.

  2. Alo Alo

    P Fryer, shows his own weakness in this art, bear him in your prayers.

    Also consider that in this attempt at art the truth of Christ is portrayed negatively, I see this as a better place than apathy, a place we as Christians should be working from.

    Clear and simple writing, tks Mark.

    MH

  3. wHY ARE WE SO TOLERANT AS CHRISTIANS. iF WE WERE A DIFFERENT RELIGION WE WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT LONG AGO AND IT WOULD NOT BE HANGING THERE. pERHAPS WE ARE FAR MORE LUKE WARM THAN WE SHOULD BE. SEND ME A PLANE TICKET AND I WILL TAKE IT DOWN.

  4. Do those who are criticising this piece know what the artist is trying to say with the piece?
    For Christians, you are being very judgemental…. not so Christian of you.
    I’m looking at this image for the first time, but I’m inclined to think it might be an attempt by the artist to suggest that creationism and evolution are not necessarily exclusive of each other. There are many Christians who believe that the Biblical creation is an analogy of the evolution of mankind. Assuch, the image is not really offensive, but thought provoking!

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