There are recurring themes that run through the conversation whenever I talk to a Christian. This is more obvious when the conversation is with an evangelical, or any type of Christian who has got it into their head to try and convert me.
One theme that I’ve seen over and over is “Jesus made a sacrifice and died for your sins, so you need to worship him.” Or something along those lines. Not surprisingly, I have a problem with that particular line of reasoning…
Because when I look at the Biblical story of Jesus dying and resurrecting I see many things, but a sacrifice is not one of them.
Now what, precisely, does the Bible say happened? Well, Jesus was nailed to a cross, was tortured for a certain amount of time and then died. He was placed in a tomb, and three days later he rose from the dead. He hung around with his old friends for a bit, and then went to heaven where he is the Prince of the Universe and sits on the right hand of god. (Or is god. I never seem to get that straight.)
So what in there is supposed to be the sacrifice? A sacrifice, unless I’m sorely mistaken, implies losing something. What, exactly, is Jesus supposed to have lost?
On the contrary, he seems to have done nothing but gained from the arrangement. Assuming the story is accurate, then Jesus made the deal of a lifetime.
Put yourself in his shoes. You’re GOD…or God’s son, at any rate…and you KNOW it. There’s no question, there’s no bet being placed, you know for a fact that you are god.
What is death to a god?
Nothing, I should think. In fact, the end of the story confirms that. Jesus isn’t sent to Hell for eternity to pay for the sins of humanity. He doesn’t die and then stay dead. He dies and is dead for three days (Actually 36 hours, but why quibble?) and then returns to heaven where he is God for all eternity.
I’d take that deal. And it doesn’t seem in the least bit sacrificial to me.
But maybe, to some people, being god is just a pain in the butt?