The Brutality of the New TestamentPosted: November 2, 2012
According to Christian theology, Jesus died for our sins. His suffering and death supposedly satisfies some moral calculus that commands that sin be paid for with blood and guts.
At the same time, Jesus was the quintessence of innocence.
And so Christian Philosophy implies that God is a brutal mad man: He requires the spilling of blood, but he will be perfectly satisfied if innocent blood, in the form of his son, is spilled.
Very simply there is no reasonable, logical reason why an innocent person, namely Jesus, should be crucified because of the sins of others. Christianity would make sense to me if it said that the way to heaven was good works on earth.
Of course the idea of spilling guilty blood is completely alien to Christianity. Only innocent people are bludgeoned. And so the Roman conquerors are not to be disturbed. Jesus counsels that we render unto Ceaser that which belongs to Ceaser, which is apparently just about everything. This is a philosophy that is made to comfort and buttress the reigns of all Kings, Emperors and tyrants. And so Europe gave us the divine right of kings and the letter de cache, and imperial Courts horded wealth, the peasants starved, and the Jews were made to bear the guilt of the imperious nobility.
And so what do we do when evil rears its head. We must exact punishment. But we needn’t attack the guilty party. Any innocent will do. And so Jesus dies, although he is innocent, and this gratuitous act of violence supposedly does the trick. And years later Europe will simply kill Jews, to kill additional innocents to make their murderings in sync with the death of the first innocent, Jesus. And so Christianity inculcates a yearning to find scapegoats because, it believes, that if an innocent is debased and punished — and we accept the idea that he dies for our suns — our sins are expunged.
Copyright, David Gottfried, 2012