Silenced: Chapter 29: Pre-Tragedy…er, Justice

As we saw, Paul took his sweet time getting back to the wife he swears he is more devoted to than ever before (not that that’s saying much) but he is finally there.

Tired as he was, he was through playing games.

So, what, if he was less tired, he would continue playing games?

Jae was going to get it all, both barrels.

Perhaps not the best metaphor to use when thinking of the wife you’re abused for the last decade, Paul.  Just a bit of advice.

Probably also not the best metaphor to use mere hours before your god (at your behest) murders millions.

She could turn him in, leave him, or whatever…

Gee, I can see how much he really cares about this relationship.

…but he was no longer going to live a lie with her.

What a stand-up Christian guy.  Only took him seven months of living a lie to come to this conclusion.

Inexplicably, Jae immediately asks for an explanation—not of Paul’s religious views, but of the sting of Magnor.  Exciting though that was(n’t), this just doesn’t seem like the hot issue to me.  Nor, indeed, to Jae, who said a mere fifteen pages ago:

As soon as he walked through that door, she would put it to him.  She wanted to know [whether he was a Christian].  He had to tell her.

But hey, what’s the life and death of her family when she could hear an exciting adventure story that she’s already heard twenty times on the news?

But, to give Jae just a bit of credit, she finally calls Paul on it.  Directly!

“I know, you know,” she said.

“You do?”

She pulled back and nodded.  “You’re a good mole, Paul.  Maybe the best there ever was.”

firefly laughter

“But you’re not that good.  You’re turned, changed, flipped, haven’t you?  You’re a believer.”

Nice work, Jae.  Only took you 333 pages to say it to him.  What an open and loving and trusting marriage you have.

“I know a different man when I see one.”

Not that different, c’mon.  He’s not actually cheating on you anymore.  Physically, at least.  That’s it.  He still wants Angela, he still thinks you don’t deserve honesty, and he’s still scared shitless of you.

Oh, and he carried the luggage once.

Completely different.

And because we all know that women are always more at fault than men, Jae apologizes to Paul for showing his dad’s letter to Ranold.

Forgive her?  Paul nodded.  Sure, he’d forgive her, but did she realize what that could mean for him?

Sure, he’d forgive her, but not really.  But he’d kinda forgive her, since women do silly, stupid things sometimes.  And don’t even realize what those silly, stupid things could mean for the important men.

But they quickly move on to the even more important issue: Jae wants to understand how Paul became a believer.  So he tells her a totally untrue story, retconning Soon.

…the more [Paul] was exposed to [underground Christians], the more he persecuted and yes, even killed some of them, the more he wondered what was so wrong about wanting to believe in something beyond one’s self.

Actually, I remember Paul cheering on the beating-to-death of St. Stephen mere moments before he was blinded.  After that, his only exposure to underground believers was Straight.  So this was hardly a case of the beauty of Christianity slowly working on Paul.  Indeed, the only conflict he felt was the discomfort that whole time was knowing his own lionized dad was one of those loser freaks.

Anyway…

Jae was amazed when Paul began quoting verses about salvation by grace through faith, and that it couldn’t be earned by works so no one could boast.  The same verses had jumped out at her.

Ah, those verses about people being judged by the thoughts in their heads, and not their deeds?  Yeah, those jump out at me, too.  Probably not for the same reasons.

And Jae gets Paul to admit that he authored the manifesto.

And one of Jae’s last few sparks of compassion and reason flickers, as they discuss the upcoming mass murder that’s being prayed for by good Christians around the world.

“I need to tell you, Paul, that this alone is enough to make me doubt the existence of God.  …  I mean, besides sounding ludicrous, does it sound like a loving God?”

 

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“I’m no expert, Jae.  I’m new to this, and I don’t want to sound glib, but it sounds like a just God who has finally lost patience with a disbelieving and mocking world.”

You don’t sound glib, Paul.  (And I’m not even sure if “glib” is even what you mean.)  You sound like a hypocritical, narcissistic asshole.

Once again, let us remember that Paul had a personal medical miracle, plus unfettered access to the forbidden Bible, plus a Christian mentor who devoted himself entirely to Paul’s conversion.  Three things the rest of the citizens of the planet have not had.

But it’s all okay, because with less than a day left until God’s threat is carried out, Paul tells Jae that he’s going to tell Ball Dangler that the threat wasn’t Magnor’s, but God’s.  Because that is just the kind of guy Paul is.  Much like when he gave L.A. less than a day to overthrow the Army before unleashing dessication on innocent citizens.

Oh, and he’s going to wait till the next day, so it’ll actually be much less than 24 hours.

They stayed up most of the night, reading, discussing, arguing.  Jae was unable to get past the unloving, spiteful (her word) nature of the plague some believers were asking God to mete out to His enemies.

Ha!  Gotta love that Jenkins gives us that parenthetical.  Because only a silly, untutored atheist would ever think God spiteful.  Just because he’s going to commit mass murder.  Silly Jae!

And I find it hard to think of people who have never been exposed to Christianity as anyone’s “enemies.”  Let alone the babies and small children who will die.  (Though I can only assume that Jenkins thinks anyone under the age of twelve will go to Heaven.)

Next time, the very belated warning to Ball Dangler plus the actual plague/mass murder!  All in one final chapter!

 

 

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Posted on May 1, 2014, in Books, Silenced. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. …but he was no longer going to live a lie with her.
    Anyone else get the impression that Paul somehow found a way to resent Jae because he lied to her? It certainly doesn’t sound like he’s stopping to lie because he feels guilty about it.

    the more [Paul] was exposed to [underground Christians], the more he persecuted and yes, even killed some of them, the more he wondered what was so wrong about wanting to believe in something beyond one’s self.
    That’s how it should have gone, yes. But it didn’t. He never once thought about the people he killed and persecuted until well after his conversion.

    “I’m no expert, Jae. I’m new to this, and I don’t want to sound glib, but it sounds like a just God who has finally lost patience with a disbelieving and mocking world.”
    You scumsucking shitstain! You are the one who’s making this happen! You are the one who’s organizing prayers to ask god specifically to do this. You are not John of Pamos, to whom god simply revealed what he’s going to do, you are Jonah demanding god to slaughter everyone you don’t like. You’re the one who put out the contract on a billion children, god’s simply your hitman.

    “They stayed up most of the night, reading, discussing, arguing. Jae was unable to get past the unloving, spiteful (her word) nature of the plague some believers were asking God to mete out to His enemies.”
    That’s their enemies, not his. Paul’s peptalk to Chappel made that abundantly clear.
    And I suppose I should be grateful for the slightest glimmer of humanity remaining in Jae. But really, spending a night “reading, discussing, arguing” is appropriate when you disagree over the moral implications of a movie you’ve just seen, not when you’re talking about an immenint genocide.

    • Woops, forgot a closing tag after “their”. Please tell me that doesn’t spread to further comments anymore.

  2. I think your first quote is meant to imply that un-gaming his life is going to be a tiring process, but in spite of that he thinks it’s time to do it. Badly expressed rather than more bad ideas.

    It sounds sure enough like a God which has finally lost patience with a world that doesn’t bow and scrape before it. But I don’t see where the “just” part comes from.

    Ivan, Jae is living evidence of the lies Paul has told. Of course he resents her. This bit of his psychology is very true to life, except that in real life we call people like that “abusers” rather than “tortured heroes”.

    • It sounds sure enough like a God which has finally lost patience with a world that doesn’t bow and scrape before it.
      It’s even worse actually. Read the demands of the manifesto: The demands are to give more rights to the zealots. There are no demands of anything the atheists need to do or not do towards god, only to his followers.

      Now, in principle that’s a good thing. I’m all for giving people the right to worship as they see fit, and all against banning “disbelieving and mocking god”. I might have been inclined to view it as a tiny step in the right direction that Paul/Jenkins at least has reasonable demands.

      But I can’t, precisely because Paul frames it as ” a just God who has finally lost patience with a disbelieving and mocking world”. In other words, denying rights to Christians is grounds for a just god slaughtering all your children. Offending Christians is equated with offending god. Now combine that with the endless whining of RTCs about how their rights are being oh-so violated now. This is apparently us mocking god, and having our children murdered is the only “just” response to our terrible crimes.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy

        But I can’t, precisely because Paul frames it as ” a just God who has finally lost patience with a disbelieving and mocking world”. In other words, denying rights to Christians is grounds for a just god slaughtering all your children. Offending Christians is equated with offending god. Now combine that with the endless whining of RTCs about how their rights are being oh-so violated now. This is apparently us mocking god, and having our children murdered is the only “just” response to our terrible crimes.

        Makes a lot more sense to describe it as “Revenge Fantasy” instead of “Just Response”.

        Jenkins built his career on one of the nastiest forms of Fanservice, i.e. flattering/masturbating his audience (“God’s Righteous; Those Just Like You, Dear Reader”) with revenge fantasies.

        And I still don’t remember ANY “God Strikes the Firstborn of the Heathen Dead” in the Book of Acts or Epistles of Paul, Jenkins’ alleged source for this trilogy.

  3. the more he wondered what was so wrong about wanting to believe in something beyond one’s self

    The atheists have, in a matter of decades, reformed global society. They’ve brought peace and prosperity to billions.

    The religious zealots are going to murder countless people because they don’t want to sign a symbolic pledge they don’t agree with.

    I think we know who really believe in something beyond themselves, and who are small-minded narcissists.

  4. Hey, hasn’t Jae got a brother? An older brother? A brother who is his evil atheist parents’ first-born? And therefore he’s going to die in the coming slaughter – sorry, Divine Judgement? She knows all this, and now that she’s becoming an RTC she knows that it isn’t an empty threat. And anyway, since the zealots were responsible for the Los Angeles disaster, they’re evidently capable of carrying out their latest threat even if you didn’t believe they had God’s help.
    So naturally she spends the evening arguing about the nature of God with her loving husband…….

    • Headless Unicorn Guy

      Hey, hasn’t Jae got a brother? An older brother? A brother who is his evil atheist parents’ first-born? And therefore he’s going to die in the coming slaughter – sorry, Divine Judgement?

      Doesn’t matter to Jae anymore.
      She’s Born-Again(TM).

  5. “Unloving, spiteful (her word)”?

    Why do I think Jenkins wrote that thinking of how strange and mystifying it was when someone read one of his death-and-damnation scenes and called him spiteful?

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