Jesus In The Primordial Stew.
Arguably the most famously renowned and revered figure in all of history (one of the most hotly debated and contentious too) is that of Jesus of Nazareth. According to Christian faith, Jesus is not merely the son of God, but God himself born into a human vessel. Jesus's destiny was set out before him, from the moment of "Immaculate" conception. His duty was to die as a sacrifice for the "Original Sin" of humanity. Committed in the Garden of Eden by Eve when she ate the apple.
Christ's death and subsequent resurrection were meant to absolve the sin that stained humanity's soul from birth. Because of the "miracle" occurring over the Easter weekend, every follower of Jesus (Christian, presumably Muslims too, who also venerate him) would be washed free from sin committed in life upon the sinner's repentance upon death.
This is the first bone of contention. True forgiveness is the watchword for sinful souls, though many people scarred by the heinous crimes perpetrated by sinners will take umbrage to the fact that any crime will become magically wiped clean upon death. With a sobbing apology on bent knee before a stern St. Peter at the pearly gates. Of course, this includes ANY crime, no matter how horrific. This doesn't sit well with a burgeoning rational society.
Second contention. God prior to Jesus. Should the Bible be believed (an extremely tenuous claim, based on Masoretic texts dating from the 12th Century in the King James Version of the Bible) the God of the Old Testament (the Hebrew Deity Yahweh) was a vengeful, spiteful being exercising total domination over his favourite race, then severely censuring them for the slightest infraction to his rules. Suddenly, this callous nature was changed by delivering Jesus as the saviour of humanity.
If you were to believe (the only true course here) that the Old Testament is merely Hebrew myth, why did he punish humanity for so long, only to permit them with a second chance in the shape of a son? Disregarding the Old Testament (rightly) as myth, but still believing in God. One would have to support the idea that an all-knowing, all-powerful God would have watched millennia of human suffering, war, rape, famine and death with total indifference before intervening in the form of Jesus. What happened to all those souls that died beforehand? Why wait so long and to what end?
An opportunity does present itself for an alternative look at the story of Jesus. Say for example, that the son of God is a figurative as opposed to literal term? As constituent beings crafted from the stuff of the Universe itself, we could take that to mean we are all God's children. Perhaps someone like Jesus was a highly evolved and advanced anomaly? Therefore, to claim to be the "Son of God" in an age where enlightenment and more developed scientific processes were absent, would be more widely accepted.
Furthermore, such an anomaly may have been privy to higher functions of existence and the death and resurrection may have served to highlight to our more pedestrian minds of what truly is possible in our actual "miraculous" Universe.
This isn't an actual belief of mine, it is no more than random thoughts to examine information we have been presented with differently.
© Brad James, 2014.