Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for November 29, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  6 months ago

    Have an atheist friend who told me he would join every religion “just in case” if he was told he had 6 months to live.

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    DanielRyanMulligan1  6 months ago

    Did Stephan pastis “find” religion all of a sudden in jail on his book tour or something like that?! Why is he “pushing” deathbed repentance so HARD?! Dan aka…

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    BasilBruce  6 months ago

    On your way to Hell, just make a U-turn.

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    einarbt  6 months ago

    Don’t worry about it Rat. No such thing. Statement based on the lack of evidence presented.

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    Liam G.P  6 months ago

    That is why praying to the Lord and repenting every day is important. Although I don’t do it much.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 6 months ago

    I repent every night, then commit the same sins the next day!

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    carlsonbob  6 months ago

    Build up an escrow account of good deeds.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member 6 months ago

    How not to go to Hell? Ask somebody who’s been there and come back to describe the route they took.

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    The Moose Group  6 months ago

    How not to go to hell? Only by Salvation by grace through faith.

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    lavender headgear  6 months ago

    This actually is what they did in the middle ages. Confessed just before death.

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    Imagine  6 months ago

    Just don’t be a jerk in life.

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    Sanspareil  6 months ago

    As Rat avoids the buses he gets smashed by a truck!

    Welcome to hell Rat!

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    TampaFanatic1  6 months ago

    Rat could also have an enemy put a knife in his back or a bullet into the back of his skull so he better add “eyes in back of his head” to the list.

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    sirbadger  6 months ago

    Some smart watches can detect car crashes. You could program it to apologize for you.

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    Gent  6 months ago

    Eh but what if you is get hit by car? Or by motorbike? Or by Jef the cyclist on his bicycle?

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    blunebottle  6 months ago

    Strangely, a lot of people seem to have this life plan.

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    _lounger_  6 months ago

    is it just me or it feels a little weird that Goat gets to the end without even being beaten

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    iggyman  6 months ago

    I have been told to go there many times!

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    MayCauseBurns  6 months ago

    I am puzzled by the notion of a god who gives you free will but has a conniption when you use it.

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    Procat Premium Member 6 months ago

    Better to die suddenly after getting hit by a bus, than be in pain the rest of your life

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  6 months ago

    And bullets and knives and hand grenades and gas leaks and meteors and .. other stuff.

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    colddonkey  6 months ago

    Sadly so many people only reach out for faith & redemption when their end is near.

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    erick.robinson  6 months ago

    There is no Hell….. there IS a Toledo Ohio….

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    Brass Orchid Premium Member 6 months ago

    What do you mean it has to be sincere? I practiced thoroughly.

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    sunkatt2  6 months ago

    Heaven? Hell? Yeah, no. The impossibility of believing in places that cannot ever be confirmed exists and only by hoping it does to avoid the harsh truth that death is the end? That’s a step too far for a realist.

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    Ellis97  6 months ago

    Rat ain’t ever going to Heaven.

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    Differentname  6 months ago

    This was an old EC horror comic. The villain would do evil all week, then go to church on Sunday and confess. One Saturday night he gets arrested and stabbed in jail…

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    ladykat  6 months ago

    Live the best life you can.

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    Znox11  6 months ago

    Repentance <> apologize.

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    Lee26 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Just by these comments, I can see why the road to destruction (hell) is wide.

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    DaBump Premium Member 6 months ago
    Don’t try to be too clever about it and think you can find your own shortcut.
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    Goat from PBS  6 months ago

    A half-hearted apology will not cut it, Rat. Grace through faith in Christ.

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    Darsan54 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Not how it works.

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    bhamdodger  6 months ago

    The bible is full of ridiculous stories.

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    HOTLOTUS1  6 months ago

    it’s an hour a week and sometimes a little more, but if you want to believe, believe. if it does help, how is that a bad thing!

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    Michael Snellings Premium Member 6 months ago

    Wow. I bet that’d fool God.

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    cj7ole  6 months ago

    One difference in Christianity and other religions is the miracles documented in four of the books of the New Testament. Any other prophets raised the dead?

    So if the unbeliever is correct in the non-existence of God, when he/she dies, no harm, no foul. But if they are wrong and there is a God, they may be missing out on the greatest gift. So best to take the plunge. There is a name for that reasoning, but it escapes me at the moment.

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    aerotica69  6 months ago

    If you don’t believe in Hell, can you go there?

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    Bruce1253  6 months ago

    So if God(s) is perfect Love, and love forgives, and God gave us free will, then why would he/she/ them/ pink/purple/ rock/paper/ scissors, send you to hell for making a choice they made possible?

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    HunterZero000  6 months ago

    This is the big question. This is the greatest question. Is there hell? Will i go there? All wise men will consider this.

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    rshive  6 months ago

    Busses should have louder horns.

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    rossevrymn  6 months ago

    No religion in our cartoons!!!!!!!!!!!……………….Or was it politics? I can’t remember. Hey anal people, was it politics or religion that you didn’t want in your cartoons? Or was it just Pearls that you didn’t want it in? What about political cartoons? Can they have politics in them? Politics, but no religion? Got it!!! Thank you, anal, controller people.

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    cracker65  6 months ago

    You’re screwed

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    WCraft Premium Member 6 months ago

    For years, that was my plan. Lived life my way and the heck with God. Then one day I was in an auto accident – car rolled over on the highway and came to rest upside down. You don’t always get to choose.

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    Snolep  6 months ago

    “Not afraid of going to hell.” Ron Reagan.

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    IndyW  6 months ago

    If you don’t believe in an afterlife Hell, nothing to worry about. If you believe in a hell, then look at is you are living in it now and death will set you free. Life without God is known as hell.

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    elgrecousa Premium Member 6 months ago

    Folks, there is absolutely no evidence you’re gonna go anywhere when you die.

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    jdsven  6 months ago

    What if a piano falls on your head, Rat?

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    tiomax  6 months ago

    “How not to go to heII?  Simple…just stay off that road “paved with good intentions!”

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    mindjob  6 months ago

    That works. Avoid reincarnation as a toad

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    Kurtass Premium Member 6 months ago

    How not to go to hell or heaven, just die. There is no afterlife, just death.

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    bigdawgjohn  6 months ago

    honestly before I got saved I had the first panel as my plan to get into heaven

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    Vote to expel Santos

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    marilynnbyerly  6 months ago

    I was born Methodist. I’ve always liked their belief in good deeds, public service, and kindness as a way to Heaven— escape Hell by making the world less hellish.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  6 months ago

    Go back to Earth and reform Moe and Larry

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    The Brooklyn Accent  6 months ago

    “The fearlessness of Nac Mac Feegle warriors in combat is derived from their religious belief that they cannot be killed, because they are already dead; they believe that they are in the afterlife, and that any Feegle who is killed has simply been reincarnated into the world where they have already lived before. They reason that Discworld, with the sunshine, flowers, birds, trees, things to steal and people to fight, must be some sort of heaven, because ‘a world that good couldn’t be open to just anybody.’ They consider it a kind of Valhalla, where brave warriors go when they are dead. So, they reason, they have already been alive somewhere else, and then died and were allowed to come to the Discworld because they have been so good.”

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    AZPhinFan  6 months ago

    I find it interesting that lately there have been a number of strips, here and on Non Sequitur specifically, dealing with theological subjects. I wonder if it is because they love the debates it causes, or is it because some have real concerns if there may be truth to some beliefs.

    As for the strip for today, making a quick confession at a point just before death is not repentance. To repent means to turn away from a wrong course and give evidence that you have left it behind. That takes time.

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    Zebrastripes  6 months ago

    With Pig and Rat, there’s always lame solutions to everything.

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    zeexenon  6 months ago

    The place has to be full of U.S. Political Party Card Carrying Members.

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    Buoy  6 months ago

    Foxhole religion; or is that rathole?

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    wildlandwaters  6 months ago

    …and asteroids…

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    PlatudimusAtom Premium Member 6 months ago

    Hard to argue that logic.

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    Bilan  6 months ago

    Riding on the bus is helpful. It’s the best way to avoid being hit by a bus.

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    christelisbetty  6 months ago

    I swear there ain’t no Heaven, and I pray there ain’t no Hell, but I’ll never know by livin’, only my dyin’ will tell.

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    wildlandwaters  6 months ago

    …or you could just keep apologizing every moment you’re awake!

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    L Dash  6 months ago

    Except you actually have to mean it, saying the words out of fear and not genuine remorse won’t help you much.

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    baldyzuzu Premium Member 6 months ago

    Lets face it, any god would have seen the bus and stopped it. Not a good look letting people get run over and a ‘I am sorry’ just doesn’t cut the mustard’.

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    LilPeruna  6 months ago

    You all realize that this strip is basically a rehashing of the saying that goes: Too many people who wait until the 11th hour to repent die at 10:45

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    Sisyphos  6 months ago

    Practical Rat!

    But Rat probably is headed Down There anyway….

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