It doesn’t get any funnier than this. This is the trailer for At Jesus’ Side, featuring stray dogs, apparently purebreds, a lizard and a host of wild animals who defeat evil animal abusers, but they cannot stop the crucifixion.
If you watch the trailer, you’ll see that Jesus saves a stray dog–which is fine, since we’re adding on to the myth and I have no problems with taking Greek myths and making something like Clash of the Titans. The only difference is, that the producers of this film expect kids to believe this is the true Jesus, just in cartoon form. If Jesus is God, then isn’t this the same God who was no friend to animals prior?
The trailer quotes Psalm 36: “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens. You save humans and animals alike.”
That’s all well and pretty, but not a consistent overview of how animals are treated in the Bible. God demanded animal sacrifices for atonement of sins right after the Garden of Eden. In fact, his first act after the forbidden fruit scandal was to slaughter some animals to create clothes because apparently God is not into synthethics. How did that save animals? Why would God need an animal to be killed to please him because obviously these sacrifices were unsatisfactory if Jesus needed to come and be nailed to a cross as the last perfect sacrifice?
Then we have Noah’s Ark. How many sinless animals, that were not chosen to line up two by two, were drowned for no reason? Or were these animals sinners?
Last of all, the big slap in the face is, that mainstream Christianity generally believes animals have no souls and therefore will not go to heaven. They die and that’s all there is to it. At the end of this cartoon trailer, Jesus is shown talking to a dog and says, “I will be with you forever.” This indicates the animal has an eternal soul? Maybe the producers do not believe humans are special in this regard? This has the implication of saying that even if we act like animals on earth, we can still go to heaven.
Let me quote Proverbs 26:11: “Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool that repeats his folly.”