Analysis of Religion in The Simpsons

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To begin, the first example of religion in this episode begins about seven minutes into episode twenty-six, “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”. Lisa is sitting in Sunday school and learns of the Ten Commandments and focuses on the eighth commandment, “Thou shalt not steal”, realising her family is breaking this commandment by stealing cable. When the family gets home from church, Homer turns on the TV and Lisa confronts him asking, “Dad, are you sure this isn’t stealing?” when suddenly, Lisa envisions the devil entering her home and setting the place on fire. As he sits down he encourages Lisa, “C’mon Lisa, watch a little cable with us! It won’t cost you a thing, hahaha!” This run-in with the Devil is symbolic of Jesus being tempted by the Devil in the Christian religion just as Lisa was tempted with free cable, seen in the book of Matthew. “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.” (Matthew 4:1-2). This passage is parallel to and exemplifies Lisa’s inner struggle. At the beginning of the episode, Lisa had lived with a select amount of channels knowing her family couldn’t afford more, and when she suddenly gets hundreds of them at no cost, she is captivated, correspondent to how Jesus had been starving after forty days and forty nights of fasting and was tempted to eat. However, this all changes when Lisa realises that the only way she is getting these channels is through stealing, and she is turned off by the idea, comparable to how Jesus knew that if he were to eat, he would be giving into the devil. Furthermore, it is obvious that Lisa had taken the commandments so seriously, exemplified while her and ... ... middle of paper ... ...eive God’s help and holy promises, which in this case happens. Furthermore, when this happens, it reflects one of God’s many promises, in the religion of Christianity, from the book of Jeremiah, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you", says the LORD, "thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:11-13). When God says this, he implies that God will be found by those who seek him and will prosper and in this case, Bart turned to faith, the only thing he had left, and went to God in seek of sincere and heartfelt help and God understood his sincerity, thusly, he was able to prosper, at the second he thought he had failed, and passed the fourth grade.

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