There’s this niche of Christians out there who seem to have this overwhelming need to take a popular idea and try to Christianize it. Take MySpace.com for example. Throw a little Jesus in it and mix on the high setting and you get HisHolySpace.com:
HisHolySpace.com is an online Christian Community that is structured on the Core Essential Doctrines of Christianity. The Bible itself reveals those doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith. They are as follows: (1) the Deity of Christ (2) Salvation by Grace (3) Resurrection of Christ, and (4) the gospel. These are the doctrines the Bible says are necessary. Though there are many other important doctrines, these four are the only ones that are declared by Scripture to be essential. A non-regenerate person, or a false religion, will deny one or more of these essential doctrines.
HisHolySpace.com separates itself from other online religious community sites, by only allowing those religions that follow these Core Christian Essentials, to be promoted on the site. Anyone from any religion is welcome to join HisHolySpace.com. But if your religion and/or your beliefs fall outside the realm of the above-mentioned Core Essentials, and it is your intention to promote your religion and/or beliefs on HHS, you may be in violation of the site rules, which could result in the cancelation of your membership. The main goal for this site is to glorify God, through Christians being able to pray, encourage, fellowship, and grow with one another. If you wish to learn and understand what orthodox Christianity teaches, and are willing to follow the rules that are set in place for HHS members, including not promoting any other faith that does not adhere to the above-mentioned Doctrines, then you are welcome here.
Note: I broke that into two paragraphs to make it a bit easier to read. I find the bit about people of other faiths being welcome so long as they don’t actually, you know, talk about that other faith on their accounts to be rather amusing. Beyond that it looks pretty much what you’d expect of a clone of an already poorly designed social networking site. It’s almost as though they just took the HTML from the MySpace templates and Christianized the text. Which is exactly what The Friendly Atheist also noticed:
Some other amusing elements here: When browsing for someone, you can’t search for Single/Married/In a Relationship/Divorced/Swinger like you can on MySpace. Nope. But you can search for Believers/Seekers/Either.
Good luck meeting the gay Christians.
And say goodbye to hookups.
On the profile pages, there are also many differences between the two sites.
MySpace Says… HisHolySpace Says… Add to Friends Add to Congregation Instant Message No Gossip IM Add to Group Add to Small Group Add to Favorites Save Me Block User Condemn Me Rank User Judge Me
All with just a wave of the Magic Jesus Wand.
Then there’s GodTube.com. See if you can guess what ultra-popular video sharing site that’s
a rip off of based on.
GodTube utilizes Web based technology to connect Christians for the purpose of encouraging and advancing the Gospel worldwide.
Interestingly enough the users of GodTube.com seem to share the same penchant for using copyrighted material as normal YouTubers as I noticed more than one bit of video that featured clips from various pro-Christian films such as The Passion of the Christ. Which isn’t to say that there’s no entertainment to be found there. There’s this hilariously bad parody that attempts to Christianize the classic rap song Baby Got Back — a song about women with big asses — titled Baby Got Bible:
Which is, of course, another example of this subsection of Christian society that feels the need to usurp anything that’s popular and try to sanitize it into promoting Christianity.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by this as they’ve been doing this sort of thing for centuries now. After all, that’s how the major holidays came to be. Take a popular pagan festival, wave the Magic Jesus Wand over it replacing the pagan icons with proper Christian versions, toss a handful of rituals that pale in comparison to their pagan counterparts into the mix, and then threaten to kill anyone who insists on sticking with the old bad version of the holiday. Of course since they stopped the whole adopt-our-improved-version-or-we’ll-kill-you part of the strategy they’ve had much less success in getting their Christianized versions of popular things adopted by the majority of the people, but that setback hasn’t slowed down their attempts to sanitize the world for your protection.
Whether you want them to or not.