Religious denominational joke (with analysis)

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump.

I said, “Don’t do it!”
He said, “Nobody loves me.”

I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”
He said, “Yes.”

I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?”
He said, “A Christian.”

I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?”
He said, “Protestant.”

I said, “Me, too! What franchise?”
He said, “Baptist.”

I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?”
He said, “Northern Baptist.”

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”
He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.”

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?”
He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.”

I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?”
He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.”

I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.


JOKE RELEVANCE
The fact that the Bible, the very book that’s the cornerstone of christian theology, the supposed God’s manual for truth and faith, can give rise to such a plethora of religious groups, mutually exclusive, often conflicting over minor details, with contradicting theological views all supported with bible verses, is a pretty good indication that it’s not of divine origin. The contradictions it contains and produces simply show its human origin and handiwork.

Another point the joke raises, to the astute observer, is the very clear evidence of religious evolution, the mind-boggling present-day ecosystem of christian faith, all those denominations risen out of a common ancestor, all fiercely competing for the same resources (believers), without which the less successful wither or die, failing to pass their genes (their particular brand of Christianity) to the next generation. In this encompassing perspective, the relentless bickering of one particular version of Christianity with another, over which one of them is “true”, reveals its hilariously nonsensical close-mindedness.

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