Few Questions on Christianity to Ponder
on the cross
Here are a
few points to ponder when considering Jesus:
1. Is resurrection really necessary?
appeal is to the afterlife and the presence of mind and soul without
body. Religion refers to the earthly body as merely a vessel to
serve for existence here on Earth, which pales in comparison to
the existence that awaits a soul after death.
Many a religious
zealot has gone to his death because of this conception. Such souls
are revered to live on and exist in a virtuous and happy state,
despite of the method of death. Bodies are therefore quite inconsequential
It is claimed
that after Jesus' crucifixion and death, he was resurrected prior
to his ascension to the heavens. Why this should even occur, even
if it were possible to occur, is enigmatic to the thinking person.
As Jesus came from the realm of the spirit, and intended to return
to the realm of the spirit, it is puzzling why he would want to
take his earthly body with him. Why not just arise to heaven in
spirit form? Why all the hooplah with a resurrection? Did Jesus
need his earthly body? Was he just trying to put on a show?
Perhaps he did
wish to put on a show. However, this is less likely. The show had
less to do with him than it did with a convenient story line that
would be used in the future in order to recruit members to the cult.
A resurrection makes for a wonderful story. Nothing is more intriguing
than the ability to somehow cheat death. Every mortal dreams of
it. It is a powerful selling tool.
there is the link that Christianity has with all the preceding pagan
myths. In those myths, the savior is resurrected after death. As
Christianity has borrowed its existence from those mythological
stories and cults, so too it has adopted this story of the resurrection.
Why else would
resurrection be necessary for a spiritual world?
2. What happened to equal-opportunity healing?
especially Christianity, claim the high ground with respect to equality.
However, is this really true? How much equality did Jesus really
at hand is: "Was Jesus an equal-opportunity healer?" The
answer is no. If Jesus had the ability and desire to heal the blind
and raise the dead, why did he only extend that skill to a few and
not all? If men are somehow meant to be blind or die (by God?),
then why heal or resurrect any at all? If on the other hand it is
better for a man to not be blind anymore, or to be risen from the
dead, why not heal all the blind men and raise all the dead men?
It seems that
Jesus showed favoritism to some and shunned others, does it not?
If one preaches equality for all mankind, and has a skill that is
beneficial for mankind, he must deliver that benefit to all. If
he does not, one of the premises must be false. Either he really
did not possess such skill, or he did not truly believe in equality
for all mankind.
3. Why a mortal mother?
Being the Son
of God, why did he have to be born from a mortal mother? Why could
his earthly body not just materialize out of clay, similar to Adam?
Why go through the trouble of impregnating an unsuspecting mortal
woman with God juice?
did Jesus exist as the Son of God in the spirit world prior to his
arrival on earth? There is no mention of Jesus sitting next to God
as his son anywhere in the old Testament, so one can only assume
that the answer is no.
God decided to send his only son to earth in order to bring salvation
to mankind, that implies that Jesus already existed prior to his
arrival on earth. Otherwise, God decided to have a son just for
the purpose of sending him to earth to pay for man's sins. Therefore,
if man had not sinned and evil did not exist, Jesus would have never
been conceived or existed in any form. If that is the case, Jesus
owes his existence to evil, and was simply a tool of God. This makes
for serious father-son resentment issues, does it not?
answer lies with the probable mythological link that Jesus has with
preceding pagan stories. It is a recurring theme for a demi-God
to appear among men, born of a father that is a God and a mortal
woman. It adds a connection to humanity that humans need to feel
their hero possesses. Religious believers need to feel a bridge,
or link to the divine by a half-breed of humanity and divinity.
Other than that, there is no reason to involve an ordinary woman
in the birthing process of a God. It's all about the story line.
In any case,
by using a mortal woman as the mother, Jesus can at best be a demi-God,
or half-God. Furthermore, as he was born of a mortal human mother,
who by nature carries with her "original sin," Jesus must
have also inherited that original sin. Jesus was therefore ridden
with sin. With his ascent to heaven he must have taken some of that
sin with him up there. The Godly domain is therefore also contaminated
with sin now. Those pesky humans, they are like a pestilence. They
have gone and infested God himself with sin; how unfortunate.
4. What is the need for sacrifice?
Why did Jesus
have to be tortured and killed in order for humanity to be saved?
Could he not have just given his message to mankind, then disappeared
into the spirit world without all the torture? Is the Christian
God no better than the Aztec Gods that demand blood and sacrifice?
Perhaps it is
not the Gods that demand blood and sacrifice, but the humans themselves.
Blood, guts, and sacrifice stir powerful animal instincts in men,
and it is perhaps these instincts that demand a God, its sacrifices,
and the ensuing bloodshed.
of the movie "Passion of the Christ" demonstrates just
how much humans love to see someone spilling his guts and blood
so that they can be "saved," and such an event is linked
with powerful human emotions that drive their faith. Most people
like the idea of a martyred hero that died a violent death for others.
Whether or not that was really necessary is irrelevant to them.
More guts, more blood, more anguish, more suffering is what they
wanted to see. Mel Gibson only gave them what they have always wanted.
These were just
a few of the many questions one has to ask himself when pondering
Jesus. Others are invited to add their own questions and possible
explanations to this list.
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with one teasing question, and will say no more about it for now
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