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People see Jesus everywhere, from pieces of toast, Cheetos and dog's butts, to dental scans (like the ones on this list). So naturally, the internet has become one huge platform for poking fun of the world's most vocal religion. The following memes are the best of that.
The LOL Jesus meme is simple in execution: take a picture of jesus from an old children's book or pamphlet, and make it funny by giving it a caption using stupid internet slang.
LOL JESUS was born in the manger of 4Chan's image boards, son of the God of the internet (aka the early, pre-YouTube internet crowd) that was basically doing Photoshop manipulations of everything under the sun, including, of course, Jesus and the Christian faith. Undoubtedly, manipulations of the Lord Jesus Christ were going to be some of the first things to get made fun of on the internet after everyone stopped downloading Napster songs.
For more of LOL Jesus, go here.
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Drawing attention to the vast difference between modern Republican ideals and that of the teachings of Jesus Christ himself by juxtaposing the two. The Republican Jesus meme takes the LOL Jesus meme and makes it political, putting a Republican elephant in the picture and showing off the hypocrisy of born again right-wingers.
The point being, of course, that this is a little bit of a more realistic depiction of Jesus in meme form here:
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Jesus is a Jerk
The "Jesus is a Jerk" meme is also sometimes characterized as the "Jesus is a Dick" meme or the "Assh*le Jesus" meme. It's a set of images originally featured on the website of a man who drew them in 1987 because he's insane. The series is called "With You Always". Here's the explanation:
"The enclosed images are from 11×14 pencil drawings that are the result of an undertaking that began when I was 50 years old. I was awakened in the middle of the night with a clear, vivid impression that the Lord wanted me to do some special drawings -- drawings depicting ordinary people in their everyday environment . . . . with one important addition: the presence of Jesus Christ and His involvement in those routine activities."
So this well-meaning, kind-hearted, probably wonderfully nice psychopath made a bunch of drawings of a kind of creepy, ghost-like Jesus.
And then the internet put captions on the pictures.
In this meme, Jesus is featured accompanying various Christians throughout their every day activities and saying horrifyingly insensitive things. It's wonderful.
Here are some examples of this:
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Jesus has a lot to say. So this meme is one of the most quickly viral on the list, because it basically paraphrases events from the Bible in a casual tone.
Using an image of Jesus giving a sermon, this a caption meme poking fun at how conversational and laid back Jesus looks in this particular picture, all while making him use everyday/internet slang.
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The entire hipster meme phenomenon had to spark a Hipster Jesus at some point. And it did. And it was good. If you're not hip to the Hipster memes, their basic setup is that once you put a pair of hipster glasses on anything, that person/place/thing immediately become a pretentious, elitist, douchebag who has already heard of everything you talk about.
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Raptor Jesus is one of the oldest, greatest internet memes of all time. Much like a lot of the greatest, and most offensive, things on the internet, Raptor Jesus was born on 4Chan.
It was a meme that originated with a really dumb, crudely photoshopped picture of a Jurassic Park style Velociraptor superimposed onto Jesus's body in the context of stylistic religious drawings, sometimes with captions added. That's it. And it ended up taking off. The crude Photoshop jobs and how simplistic, base and childish the humor of the meme really is, are all factors of what make this meme so great.
The fact that Raptor Jesus always talks like a young teenage gamer/LOLCAT is what gives him his charm.
Also, he's kind of a dick.
And the captions started:
For more Raptor Jesus, check out this round-up of The Very Best of the Raptor Jesus Meme.
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The Last Supper Parodies
BONUS: The Last Furry Supper
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Jesus Take the Wheel
Jesus Take the Wheel is a meme that's really more of a commonly occurring phrase in image macros, and more often rage comics. Stemming from making fun of the popular song by Carrie Underwood titled Jesus Take the Wheel (linked above, unfortunately) about letting God take control of your life, people started putting Jesus into situations where he's literally taking the wheel.
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The Guido Jesus meme takes us on a fantastical journey into the world if Jesus himself lived on the Jersey Shore. Forget turning water into wine, Guido Jesus is all about the Jager bombs, Patron tequila and protein shakes as he flexes for the ladies and shows off his bronzed abs.
The image macro meme rose to prominence in July 2011 after an image of the Jesus lookalike was posted on Reddit. Internet users saw the resemblance to both the biblical figure and someone who you'd see intoxicated on trashy reality television and the Guido Jesus meme was born.
Just like the GTL'ed characters on "Jersey Shore," Guido Jesus has no issues with self esteem and why should he with guns like that. He spends his days showing off his goods to the ladies, partying and hitting the gym. Of course Guido Jesus also is known to perform a miracle or two, since the ladies love that and all.
Also like the characters on "Jersey Shore," Guido Jesus is a real person, however far from Italian and far from God-like. According to Reddit users, Guido Jesus is a 42-year-old man from Turkey who is also known for his legal troubles.
Reddit members connected the man in the meme to a face in Dutch crime columns after a prostitution ring was busted in November 2008. Guido Jesus was allegedly arrested with two other men for forcing young girls into prostitution and laundering money. These claims have yet to be proven, however photos and videos of the suspect resemble the man in the Guido Jesus images.
Click here for more Guido Jesus in The Very Best of the Guido Jesus Meme. For even MORE Guido Jesus, check this one out as well.
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The Happy Jesus Meme
The Happy Jesus meme is an earlier meme that actually wasn't a derivative of LOL Jesus, but was actually a series of image macros meant to have Christianity puns or set-up/punchline jokes attached to them. It's simple, yet effective and like the way of The Lord, comes in many forms.
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Zombie Jesus is one of the most obvious jokes you could make about Jesus around Easter time (or any time, really). He came back from the dead and was therefore, technically, "undead" -- much like the flesh-eating monsters we all love and care about so much these days. So the college students above have used it to fight against those crazy born again Christians who make a dayjob out of arguing with young people who still have the kind of energy to actually give them the time of day.
So, it's not really a singular meme that you can see floating around the internet, but more of a concept that's done so well over time that it's really never going away. So, of course, you have short films, viral videos and various image jokes and webcomics.
Here's one from Cyanide and Happiness:
A cute Halloween couple's costume
And some random internet images
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Jesus is a Friend of Mine
In the late 70s, early 80s, there existed a band named Sonseed who made a music video for their song "Jesus is a Friend of Mine". Then, almost three decades later in 2008, the video made it onto YouTube and went viral and has since received over 5 million views and counting.
Originally aired on a religious show, this campy, hilariously light-hearted music video made it onto the scene by people watching it ironically. Even the iTunes reviews of people who bought the song are making fun of it.
This, of course, led to remixes and parodies galore. And here they are.
Here's one that someone actually dubbed about their new dog named "Cheeto"
A sped up version
And, of course, Satan is a friend of mine
It was even featured on an episode of Community.