Got God-questions? 09
Every year millions of Christians celebrate the hijacked feast of Eostre or Pesach. Leading up to the Christian main Sunday event of a human rising from the dead is the commemoration of his brutal torture and execution by crucifixion. Christians call it a Good Friday.
The gospels describe the circumstances, direct reasons and actions that led to Jesus’ arrest, trial and sentencing. Generally speaking, the gospels depict these events as a miscarriage of justice.
The reasons for it may have been wrong, but did Jesus deserve to die the way he did? This is what god has to say about it:
Anyone familiar enough with the gospels would know that this is exactly how Jesus (the human form of god) was conceived.
Luke 1: 26-27 God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.
Luke 1: 30-31 the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
Luke 1: 35 The Holy Spirit will cum on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
What god did here was clearly condemned by god and - being god - god's answer to any trespass is usually the death sentence. Why forgive and forget, right? So unbeknownst to the Sanhedrin members, they sentenced god to death just as god had planned for himself/his son, dutifully obeying god's commandments. With the Romans being the worldly power at that time and place, the manner of execution turned out to be crucifixion. Arguably a tad more cruel than stoning, but hey… if there’s anything that pleases and appeases this god, it’s human suffering. It's only a side note perhaps, but it's a miracle that Jesus' mother-wife Mary didn't suffer the same fate as her rapist god-spirit-son. She was clearly ravished in a town and did not scream for help. At the same time, we can excuse her because she really didn't have much choice in the matter. What was she going to do? Refuse god? That's a sure path to hell too. And even if she did refuse, what could she have done to stop an almighty god to impregnate her? Let's credit her for saving another girl the heartache and take a rape for the human team.
Theists, Christians in particular, will undoubtedly offer a variety of objections as to why Jesus deserved this death. But ultimately they don't matter. Jesus himself prayed to himself to have this cup taken away from him. Although he preached that anyone who would ask of god in his name would receive, him asking something in his own name didn't meet the criteria he taught people would do the trick. Aside from proving the futility of prayer before Christianity even became a thing, he knew full well that this needed to happen, whether his death was warranted or not. This also renders the notion of him being free of sin completely irrelevant. There were other characters in the bible that were completely free from sin, hereditary sin or no. It didn't stop god to inflict immeasurable suffering onto them. To some, the Book of Job may be the ultimate demonstration thereof but the reasons for the Great Deluge (the impregnation of human women by god's sons - Jesus included?) may top that by sheer collateral victims. Personally I don't wish anyone a gruesome death. That seems to be more the domain of Christian and Muslim ethics, basically teaching that everyone deserves to die. So why should Jesus be the exception? If indeed this god was fully human, as Christianity would have us believe, than he fully deserved to die along with the rest of us. The manner remains cruel... but as Christians justify it: it's all for the greater good. Good Frigg's day everyone. DPA, PF, 05 April 2023