Do you consider Christianity a religion of human sacrifice due to the sacrificial death of Jesus?
I have known Christians who deny this and I want to write a hub about it. I thought I would see what the consensus was here first. Feel free to share your thoughts. For my part this will not be an argumentative question. Thanks
No. Christianity was never meant to be a religion of human sacrifice per se. Jesus was certainly NOT murdered as a sacrifice, but more as a warning for other political dissidents to stop bucking the political system.
The whole reason that Jesus came to earth was to die. The person most responsible for killing Jesus was God the Father, because that is what he sent Jesus to do.
d.william, thanks for commenting on this question. I see what you are saying. At least from the perspective of Roman authorities' He died as a warning. The Bible says he was a sacrifice and also human. Why is that not a human sacrifice? Thanks
The idea of Jesus being sent to earth to be murdered is just too unbelievable to be fact. Human sacrifice is against the law. Why would your god do that? totally illogical. The bible is known for its falsities and designed to control minds.
I would see fallacies as the product of the human mind. I don't agree that the bible "has fallacies." Any of its texts can be twisted and turned.
sometimes comments just must be addressed> fallacies by definition>deception, false ideas, erroneous, unsubstantiated claims, etc... Religion requires abandonment of logic and common sense.
I would say no. Jesus choose to lay down his life for us (John 10:11, 10:15, 10:17, 10:18, 1 John 3:16). Jesus choose to lay down his life for his sheep as these verses indicate. When I think of human sacrifices, I think of an unwilling participant, where Jesus choose to do it. Plus, He is fully God along with being fully human.
Christianity is not about human sacrifice in the sense of the Mayans or Aztecs, like killing citizens in ritualistic fashion.
But Christianity is a religion of sacrifice -- not of the Homo sapiens body, but of the ego -- the false (physical) self which acts as the spirit's interface with the physical realm.
When each of us chose to abandon our spiritual viewpoint and to use physical continuity as our "master," ego was born. As a created "self," ego includes dichotomies as any continuity-based, action-reaction object.
This is the self that Jesus said must die before we can gain everlasting life. And this is the self that is represented by Christ's sacrifice.
Let me change the discussion slightly. So far we are discussing whether Jesus' death was a sacrifice at all, let alone a human sacrifice.
How about this? Christian theology teaches that the death of Jesus Christ was a substitutionary, sacrificial death. Whether or not you agree with that need not be an issue here.
So then, does Christian theology, intentionally or not, lead to the conclusion that Jesus' death was human sacrifice? I'm not trying to steer the conversation in a particular direction, but am simply trying to promote more conversation.
We have many approaches to this, and I am sure, that while I am not alone, many others will share yet more views.
I feel that the heart of Christianity is mercy, forgiveness, love, sacrifice and the spirit of soulful service. Its message is constantly of a Kingdom of God, and how to get there. That is, by utilising prayer, both internal and external, and in living in harmony with the Sermon on the Mount. It speaks of immortality, an end result called Paradise, if you like. A state of 'sorrowless' bliss. It touches on laws and their proper utilisation in order to arrive at this place.
The rest is dressing, mental gymnastics, and scholarly debates, and even though they may please our minds, will not grant us inner joy or the celestial goal of which all scriptures speak.
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