It looks like Marilyn Manson may be the next to play Jesus in the movies. According to In Touch magazine, Manson is scheduled to play a pot-smoking Jesus Christ in George Romero’s new film Diamond Dead.
“The reason we thought Marilyn would be interesting [as Christ] is that we all see God in our own way,” says producer Andrew Gaty. “So, it stands to reason that a rock ‘n’ roller would see God as a rock ‘n’ roller.”
Gaty’s comments reveal a culture wide problem in our approach to religion. It certainly is true that many people make God out to be whoever they want him to be, but that does not mean that they are all correct. I may see God as a rock ‘n’ roller, but that doesn’t mean he is one. In the same way, I might see God as a big fluffy cloud, a cuddly teddy bear, a gray haired old wise man or a genie on a bottle, but if he is not, in fact, any of those things, than my beliefs are a waste of time. The same principle applies if I see God as a wrathful killer of infidel Americans and Jews. If God is not that, no belief of mine is going to change it.
The bottom line is that we are not in charge of who God is. He simply is. It is not our duty to conform Him into our image. Rather, we need to be changed into His.