The New Testament
by Lev Novak
God: So listen, guys, I’m thinking we go in a different direction with this whole religion.
God: You know, do a non-gritty reboot. Same God taste, new God packaging. That sort of thing.
Jews: We don’t follow.
God: Okay, work with me here, guys. Remember the whole “angry God” thing?
God: Where I killed a whole bunch of you and-
God: And forty years in the-
Jews: We remember that.
God: Not to mention Robo-Hitler. Yikes.
Jews: Wait, what?
God: Whoops, forget I said that. “Spoiler Alert,” am I right?
God: Anyway, we’re going to re-work this whole “God” thing. For example, kid-friendly is big these days in religion.
Jews: So, like…?
God: For example, I’m super chill now, for some reason. Plus there’s a heaven. Oh, and this is Jesus. He’s my son, and he’s God too, or something. It’s complicated, ok?
Jews: I think we’ll stick with the old one here.
God: Look, I love the brand loyalty, Jews, I really do. But this whole “God” thing isn’t playing to the right demographics. Jesus is a hip, young God, you know, for the whole “A.D.” generations.
Jesus: Surfs up, dudes!
God: Ha, that Jesus. What a character, right? This is going to play huge in Rome…
Jews: This…goes against everything you’ve ever told us.
God: No it doesn’t, so just shut up. Also, Jesus, you’re going to die.
Jesus: What? I thought I was your son! Or God. Or both!
God: Look, this is just complicated, okay Jesus? Besides, you totally return when you fight the Devil.
God: Right, he’s another new character. He’s like an evil God. Plot twist, right? We’re arch enemies.
Jesus: Why would you make your own arch-enemy? That’s really stupid.
God: Shut up, Jesus. And what would you know? You’re made of bread and wine.
Jesus: What? Why?
God: Sponsorships, alright? New testaments aren’t cheap.
Jews: I’m sorry, this is just way too different. Is this your fan-fiction or something?
God: Of course not. This is the logical progression of Judaism which I planned all along. Like when I made all those references to a lamb.
Jews: You made, like, five.
God: Well, they were all about Jesus. Foreshadowing. Um, I guess. So there.
Jews: Couldn’t you have been clearer then?
God: I work in mysterious ways, okay? Look, just go with it guys. I worked really hard on this. And come on, you totally owe me for the whole “creation” thing anyway.
Most Jews: Well, I guess we could.
God: Awesome! “Most Jews,” aka “New Christians”-
New Christians: We’re what now?
God: You won’t regret this guys. I have the whole thing planned perfectly.
Holy Ghost: Oooooooooh!
New Christians: …
God: You’re going to love it.