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Easter and God's Plan
Easter is almost here folks, just about twenty-four hours away. Amongst the festive pagan symbolism of rabbits and eggs (symbols of fertility mind you) there is also an increase in religiosity as casual Christians and zealots alike prepare to celebrate their supernatural savior coming back from the dead. This is the key belief of Christianity, without the death and Resurrection of Christ Christians are just unsaved sinners destined for fiery torment, separation from God or total annihilation (depending on your interpretation). Without Jesus Christians are just as doomed as atheists such as I. And the sad and pathetic thing is that this plan, the brutal murder of his only child, is apparently the best that God could come up with to save humanity... and it's the topic of this hub.
Always the Best
A perfect being is incapable of imperfection. So any plan or course of action God takes is automatically his best, or at least it SHOULD be. If such a being exists it would be entirely incapable of halfassing its way through anything and every decision it makes would be perfect and flawless. Never mind the fact that sin and evil wouldn’t and couldn’t exist in a perfect Universe, which a perfect God would necessarily form. We’re going to skip right to God’s plan to save humanity from its own fallen nature.
Originally God’s plan to save humans from their sin involved ritualistic atonement. This often included animal sacrifices with specific rules which dictate what to do with what organs, what kind of animals can be used, and where on the altar to sprinkle the blood. The Bible is quite clear that God enjoyed the smell of burning animal flesh, and I can’t blame him after all who doesn’t enjoy a good backyard barbecue however one has to wonder why innocent animals were killed for the sins of man, not for the survival of man.
I hear the apologists reading this shouting: “Because the wage of sin is death!”. Yes it’s true, apparently God is not only imperfect but his moral laws are even more barbaric and ridiculous than eye for an eye. To God it’s not eye for an eye, it’s 1 sin for 1 life. Sleep with a woman out of wedlock, work on the Sabbath or simply worship a God other than Yahweh and you are deserving of death.
So already it should be obvious that the Biblical God cannot be the same perfect infinitely loving deity most modern Christians spend their time praying to. After all anyone reading the Bible can see the imperfection in God’s plans.
God has a "Better" Idea
Further proof that the Biblical God is imperfect comes from the fact that it changes its mind. Yahweh decides that animal atonement isn’t going to work and neither is following the 613 old testament commandments. So God’s first idea wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t his best idea, therefore he is flawed. The apologist might argue that it was human freewill that ruined the perfect plan HOWEVER a perfect plan, which would necessarily follow from a perfect God, would take human free will into account, after all it would be a PERFECT plan.
God comes up with another brilliant idea, according to Christians he decides to send his son. Or was it always decided? After all Jesus was prophesied about wasn’t he? According to Christians there are dozens of Messianic prophecies that Jesus himself fulfilled... so God always knew his first plan was a dud? And he waited thousands of years of people burning animals fruitlessly to send his son?
So now that the whole Old Covenant has backfired God sends Jesus to Earth. According to most Christian teachings Jesus is God and yet he isn’t. They’re two separate people but part of the same being. I’m not one to judge but it makes me wonder if God might need medication to deal with his multiple personality disorder. So Jesus arrives, according to one of the Gospels he is born of a virgin, according to another he flees to Egypt (though that story is not in the other two). Jesus than goes MIA until he is around thirty-years old and ready to start performing magic tricks professionally. Jesus makes a good living from this but his parents and family think he is crazy.
Jesus’ purpose isn’t to perform miracles though, which sort of makes you wonder why he bothered with any of the miracle stuff. I mean supposing he is God why would he choose first century Judea as a staging ground for saving the world? Historical records weren’t reliable, few people could read and even fewer could write and the execution methods were much more brutal. The entire plan is to get people to believe in him and then die for their sins.
Dying for their Sins?
The whole idea of dying for people’s sins is based on the old system of animal sacrifice, only this time Jesus is a human sacrifice (which all of his followers cannibalize by eating his flesh and drinking his blood during communion) and the idea that sin must be paid for by something being killed. The thing that confuses me is the fact that Jesus cannot, by definition, be killed. He’s immortal and the Resurrection part of the story demonstrates that he’s immortal. Yet Christians believe the death of one man paid for all their sins. The only way this works is if Jesus is actually dead-dead, as in non-existent. Well, I suppose it would also work if God arbitrarily decided to allow the sacrifice of one human body to cover all the sins of the world forever and all time but that’s not what happens. Instead of doing something smart like that God makes it so that you have to believe in Jesus to be saved.
I want you to really think about this for a moment especially if you’re a believer. If God’s plan is really to save everyone on the planet, or at least as many people as he can, why not just have Jesus’ sacrifice cover everyone regardless of whether they believe in him? Think about it for a moment. Many Christians to this day believe in a once-and-saved mentality where if you accept Christ at any point in your life you are saved even if you leave Christianity behind.
Let’s return for a moment to the utter stupidity of God’s decision to send Jesus in the first century. Imagine if he sent him today. Now first of all the world would be different because Christianity would have never existed. But let’s just assume that technology-wise everything would be the same. Suddenly Jesus would be able to scientifically demonstrate his supernatural abilities, there would be measurements, documentation, video footage, actual evidence of Jesus being supernatural. His execution, if it ended up happening at all, would hopefully be by a relatively painless procedure, at least when compared to being nailed to a cross.
This is all without mentioning the reasons why Jesus offering Salvation, be it from sin or anything else, makes no sense, which was the topic of an earlier hub.
Is this really the BEST plan?
So God’s best laid plan to save humanity is to send himself in the form of his son to pop out of a virgin’s vagina, heal a bunch of sick people, die brutally and come back as a zombie all while leaving no evidence of his existence and sparking a religion that would cause an endless amount of bloodshed and hold back social progress at every turn. And in the end, according to Revelations, most people end up in Hell anyway. Brilliant, just brilliant.
It seems our options are:
1) There is a perfect God but the Bible doesn’t describe it and is just a collection of myths.
2) The Bible is correct and God is a bumbling moron with MP Disorder
3) There is probably no God and the Bible is a collection of myth that sadly has caught on with the masses
Personally I choose number 3. Number 1 is logically impossible since, as was pointed out to me by a hubber named Learn Things Web, a perfect God cannot create an imperfect Universe (which ours obviously is). And number 2, well given that we know a good amount of the Bible is scientifically and historically inaccurate I think its safe to count that one out. If you have a more likely fourth option please feel free to add it.
It just goes to show you that religious believers don’t put any rational thought into what they believe or why and those that do are too often easily seduced back into the fold with apologetics. Christianity is paper thin, any amount of logical thought and it collapses. So this Easter instead of visiting church the 1 out of 2 times a year you do and feigning interest just give up the charade and admit that no perfect or even remotely intelligent God comes up with plans this bafflingly absurd and genuinely stupid.