What If The Crucifixion Never Happened?

English: A 14th-century of Jesus Christ bearin...

English: A 14th-century of Jesus Christ bearing the cross, from the monastery in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I saw this article this morning and it moved me in several ways. First it is a very good commentary on the whole “For God so loved us that He gave His only begotten Son” theme. He did, and not only did He give us his wisdom and goodness, and gentleness, He allowed the world to torture Him and inflict a barbaric death upon Him. But what really struck me is a comparison. First read what Brother Burrito has to say and then we’ll talk a bit

 

Just suppose that God became incarnate and grew up to become the greatest teacher of Divine wisdom the world has ever seen, as would be appropriate for the Son of God. Just suppose that his every word was recorded for all time in incorruptible form, without error, and was passed down through the ages without misinterpretations to enlighten all the generations of men born thereafter.

Just suppose that after a long lifetime of teaching and good works and countless miracles to prove his provenance, Jesus just died of old age and was buried in the most magnificent tomb which became the supreme place of pilgrimage for all human beings until the end of time.

Wouldn’t that have been a much neater solution  to the problem of fallen mankind needing salvation from his sins, and hope of eternal life? Much less of a bloody mess. Less disturbing to keep in mind. Feel-good warm glow all round.

Well, I hope that anyone reading this can see that the correct answer to this question is:

NO!

The reason for Christ’s bloody torture and mutilation unto death is because sin and its cost is real, terrible and infinite.  That cost must be met or the Book of Life will not balance. Sinful creatures cannot enter Heaven as anti-matter cannot exist amongst matter.

Who can settle an infinite debt other than infinite God Himself. We all know the pain of indebtedness, and the hungry gnawing feeling it gives us. Imagine that feeling lasting for eternity. That is what Hell feels like.

So why should God repay our debts? Surely it would be less trouble for Him to write off the debt and dispose of us, His wayward creatures, as broken playthings. That is what we would do.

Now this is the clincher: God values us too highly to write us off. He makes us in His own image and loves us as His children!

 

 

Continue reading What If The Crucifixion Never Happened?.

 

We will talk more on this tomorrow but for now let us think a bit about Christianity itself. Of all the world’s religions only Christianity is based on the actual begotten Son of God, not a prophet, not revealed wisdom, but the actual begotten Son of the one God. And what happened to him? He was arrested, convicted (of nothing much) and executed. Not the way religions are normally founded is it?

 

In the early days, our religion was known as “The Way” and it spread like a prairie fire in Nebraska during a drought. By the time Mohammed was born it had spread from those 11 men and a few women in Jerusalem to all parts of the known world. From the British Isles to China, from Norway far into Africa, “The Way” was known. It never spread by the sword, as some others did. It never posited world conquest, and most of all it never promised a good life on earth. Instead it has always offered (and still does) each individual life everlasting in the next. But you have to learn to trust and obey God.

 

And you must learn to serve men as well, pride has no place at this table as Jess has shown us this morning both here and on her site. The Apostles themselves had a great deal of trouble with this lesson and so do we. And we will continue to do so, it’s a very difficult thing.

 

The main thing Christianity teaches is that good and evil exists and we must strive to do good, they are not relative, they exist, and if we attempt to humbly do good we will be better for it and if we trust God we will be saved. This is the religion of the Christ, and him crucified, and there is nothing easy about being a Christian, never has been, never will be. It is the toughest mission on earth because we live our religion not die for it.

 

We honor many martyrs, and we know there will be many more. Everyday we see reports of those murdered because of their faith, and we wonder how we would bear up. Hopefully, we will never know, but the answer is there, and the answer is that symbol, the cross.

 

We will bear up in direct proportion to our faith.

 

 

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26 Responses to What If The Crucifixion Never Happened?

  1. JessicaHof says:

    I loved Bro Burrito’s comments, and I equally love your reflections on them – thank you so much for this :) x

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    • NEO says:

      I did as well, and I thought it flowed fairly well. :-) x

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      • JessicaHof says:

        It made me think, and added real weight to our discussions today :) x

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        • NEO says:

          Then it is a success because that’s what I was trying for. :-) x

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        • JessicaHof says:

          Excellent :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          Yay!! :-) xx

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        • JessicaHof says:

          :) xx

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        • NEO says:

          :-) xx

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  2. If the Crucifixion had never happened the Last Supper (the Pasch) would not have been finished, Christ drinking the 4th and final cup on the Holy Cross. For us Catholics, then the Pasch of the Jewish people would have to suffice – still harkening back to the sacrifice of the lambs for Passover and with the destruction of the Temple we would also be stuck without a sacrifice to offer our God. The power of the Eucharist is the Cross and we are each tasked to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him as so many of the early Christians had to do literally. Our faith would be hollowed out to a bunch of sayings and moral teachings without an ending: without the final solution to the problem of mankind and our inclination to sin. It would be an empty empty desert without an oasis if it could even survive the centuries at all.

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    • NEO says:

      Of course the real answer is that we’d (or at least my people) would be celebrating Eostre and sacrificing to Thor and Odin, to see where we should raid this year. Wasn’t quite my point though.

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      • I could suggest a couple of good places to raid if you like. :-)

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        • NEO says:

          Ah, haven’t got the longship ready for sea yet. :-)

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        • No wonder. You’re a long way from the sea my friend. Best build it on the coast. :-)

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        • NEO says:

          Waiting for high water on the Platte :-) After all we do have a navy here.

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        • A siege on D.C. sounds a like a ways off, alas. It needs a thorough cleaning but I guess I’ll have to keep on waiting patiently for that to happen.

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah that might be a bit ambitious for my crew.

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        • Perhaps Chicago will be within range.

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        • NEO says:

          Some days I’m inclined to think Chicago needs a strike with a neutron bomb. Or fire and brimstone

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        • Works for me.

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        • NEO says:

          Me as well, I like the first there’s some nice buildings and a good beach.

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        • True. No sense in having to rebuild the infrastructure.

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        • NEO says:

          Indeed so.

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        • Try to save the Chicago dogs and pizza while you’re at it.

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        • NEO says:

          You bet. :-)

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        • :-)

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        • NEO says:

          :-)

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