Listen harder: Bliss n Eso

Another great post from Tommy P…

I love Bliss n Eso. I remember when I first saw them at a festival when I was in Year 10 and thinking “Wow, these dudes are like the Hilltop Hoods on speed!” I love the way they mix melody with rap, I love that look in Eso’s eyes when you’re standing just 5 rows back from them at the Big Day Out. And I love that they use Angus and Julia Stone samples in their own rhymes.

Why are they refusing to listen?

Why are these troops on a mission?

Why are they shooting these victims

over their view of religion?

But sometimes they say stuff that makes me think. Why are they “shooting these victims over their view of religion?”and “How can every religion claim to be the only one? How can they preach love then fight each other holding guns?” These guys are not the only people thinking this; they consistently get voted into the Triple J Hottest 100 and so I presume that a bunch of us also have similar thoughts.

Why are they shooting these victims over their view of religion?

There are a number of issues here, which I will treat separately. Firstly, the general rule is that Christians should not be violent. Jesus talked about turning the other cheek in Matthew 5:38-42 and even went as far as to say that “anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment” (Matthew 5:22). If we are doing a good job at witnesses of Jesus, we will be getting persecuted (John 15:20) and not the other way round.

Secondly, sometimes people do things in the name of Christianity which should not be done. For example, in Rwanda, people associated with the Catholic Church did terrible things. Worst of all, sometimes they did these things while claiming some sort of divine support. Even today you can turn on news reports of ‘Christian’ and ‘Muslim’ groups fighting each other. That sucks. There is no excuse for this. It is entirely ridiculous for Christians to be shooting others over their view of religion. It is up to us reasonable Christians to do a better job as ambassadors for Christ by loving others through anything from charity for the poor, to baking for friends, to looking out for the downtrodden in society by simply sticking up for them.

How can every religion claim to be the only one?

There are two things that need to be said here.

Firstly, as much as I love Bliss n Eso, sometimes they sometimes say stuff that is plain dumb, such as “how can every religion claim to be the only one?” I don’t think they really did their research on this one, because that is simply not true. Not every religion claims exclusivity. You know that big temple on the way from St Ives to Mona Vale? That is a Bahá’i temple. Bahá’i is a tolerant religion, that accept all monotheistic prophets. They do not claim to be the only one. Animistic religions in Asia co-exist quite happily and do not claim exclusivity. The girl in my class at university who runs her own Pagan religion is not particularly bothered by what others believe. To say that every religion claims to be the only one is just plain dumb and unfortunately people say things like that all the time.

Secondly, though, and more importantly, some religions do claim to be the only one: Islam, Christianity and Judaism are good examples of this. At this point, the best thing to do is to direct you to Scott’s posts on this issue.


Culture is where we live, and we can’t just run away from it. Don’t hide when others bring up fine sounding arguments against the Christian faith, even when they are backed by a smooth backing track; rather, ask someone, investigate, read, switch on that brain God gave you. And keep listening to the awesome rhymes of Bliss n Eso, because sometimes they say great stuff.

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  1. Islam may claim to be the true religion but it does not deny the place of Christianity and Judaism. In actuality, Islam believes Christianity and Judaism to be incomplete versions of Islam. It is believed that Christianity and Judaism have later also been distorted by people and is therefore not purely the words of God. Islam also asks that its believers leave those of other religions to their own devices so long as they follow the laws of the books and those of the land.

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