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Meditation 334
The Christ Crucified

by Rev. Philip van Bergen

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When questioning the belief / faith of Christians, the following mantra is often repeated, “Christ died so that our sins could be forgiven.” Aside from my difficulty in accepting ANY human being as divine, I’m afraid I have massive problems with the logic and theology behind this statement.

Let us assume, for a brief minute, that Jesus was indeed a son of God, complete with a valid Trinity, which made Him of the same substance and one with both God and the Holy Spirit – as without this, the whole cross thing collapses anyway.

  1. What sins had been committed such that the supreme architect of the entire universe (and possible multi-verses) felt it necessary to sacrifice Himself to Himself.

  2. In the intervening 2000 years, humanity has committed far greater sins, and nary a comment from the supreme deity, let alone a demand for another sacrifice.

  3. “My father, my father, why hast thou forsaken me?" does not appear to be the cry of someone who feels he is one with God. It sounds more like a realisation that the claim for divinity was a tad overblown at best.

  4. As death from crucifixion is brought about by asphyxiation, how was Jesus able to shout anything?

  5. Where is the logic of sacrificing a part of yourself to yourself for sins that are committed against you by a 3rd party, or parties? You might just as well make a mental note to forgive them and get on with the business of being a God. If you accept the necessity of a sacrifice, it suggests even God Himself is subject to a far greater magic that demands the satisfaction of a sacrifice.

  6. Sacrificing yourself in the full knowledge that you will be resurrected in a couple of days is a bit disingenuous, to say the least. That is not what I call a sacrifice – it is a cheap con trick not worthy of a supreme deity.

So, the whole “died for our sins” bit is shot through with problems.