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Heavenly Smurfs 1
Heavenly Smurfs 2
The Smurfs show Gargamel that there is a heaven and a hell

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Christianity is a human religion founded upon the teachings of Jesus Christ, whom the Bible records as being the only begotten Son of God and the Savior of all mankind, who has died on the cross for the sins of the world and has risen from the dead the third day to offer eternal life for those who believe in Him. It is a religion that emphasizes the virtues of righteousness through the obedience of God's commandments, including those of showing mercy and charity, and commonly depicts an eternal reward of heaven for the faithful and righteous and of hell for the unbelieving and wicked.

Though Christianity is rarely if ever depicted in any of the Smurfs stories, with most of its emphasis being on nature worship and magic, its concept of heaven and hell were used in the cartoon episode "Heavenly Smurfs" when the Smurfs fool Gargamel into thinking he has been sent to his final judgment and must now make amends for all the evil he has done. In the comic book story "The Egg And The Smurfs", one Smurf was sent to hell by another Smurf who wished for that Smurf to go to hell, only to later be removed from hell when Papa Smurf had undone all the wishes his little Smurfs had wished for. In the story "Sagratamabarb", Gargamel gets sent to hell by an agreement he made with Beelzebub that if he would get his cousin to leave the forest, he would belong to Beelzebub forever. Papa Smurf's behavior towards Gargamel in regards to saving him in times of peril reflects the Christian attitude of showing mercy even unto the most undeserving recipients.

Some Smurf stories have thematic elements that parallel those of Christian Bible stories, particularly the cartoon show episodes. In "Bigmouth's Friend", Clockwork Smurf bravely sacrifices himself while dealing with a giant machine created by Gargamel and Lord Balthazar in a manner similar to King David's confrontation with Goliath the Gittite. In "Blue Eyes Returns", the Smurfs deal with a flood created by Gargamel's magic beans similar to the one created by God to destroy His unfaithful creation in the time of Noah, whose family was the only one to escape the flood by building an ark.

The human customs of Christmas and Valentine's Day are usually considered Christian holidays, while heterosexual marriage is considered a Christian virtue in that it was intended for humans to create families through which the virtues of godliness can be instilled upon future generations.

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Get Christian Answers - Includes many articles and community answers that answer questions about Christianity.

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