Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"
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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.
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The crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is probably the single most important event in the Christian religion. The crucifix itself, an instrument of torture and death, is the most common symbol associated with christians.
It has never been adequately explained how this death freed us all from sin. If the death freed us from the consequences of sin (hell, or eternal oblivion), it is still unclear as to why it had to happen in this particular way. Why didn't God just sort it all out during Creation?
If Jesus is God, then how was it a sacrifice? He only had to spend a few days "dead", then it was back home to Heaven (and he knew all this beforehand, being omniscient). A few days in the underworld can hardly have been a big deal for an eternal, omnipotent deity, can it? (And of course, being omnipresent as well, he would already have been there all the time anyway.)
Why didn't he stay dead? Not much of a sacrifice if you spring back to life a few days later, is it?
If God had it all planned from the start, and Jesus is god (if you believe in the older prophecies), then it certainly was not a sacrifice. He must have used his God-Magic to manipulate events and ensure that the crucifixion occurred. This would include making Judas betray him.
Could it be that the crucifixion was a well planned propaganda exercise? And if so, wouldn't this make god the ultimate manipulator?
The ultimate manipulator would be a god who : ~
1. Creates sin and allows it to exist. (Isaiah 45:7 "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.")
2. Claims that mankind needs to be freed from the sin which god, himself has created.
3. Manufactures or creates an event later on where he supposedly dies, but doesn't.
4. Claims that this is a sacrifice, which isn't really a sacrifice if you know you are not going to die but go back to heaven.
5. Claims that this act will purge people of the sin of adam and eve which god allowed to happen in the first place.
6. Claims that this act will purge people of all sin if they kiss his "aspidistra" forever.
This would make the supposed god, a very naughty boy indeed and the ultimate propagandaist.
PROPAGANDA: "Propaganda is a specific type of message presentation directly aimed at influencing the opinions or behavior of people, rather than impartially providing information."
SACRIFICE: "the offering of animal, plant, or human life or of some material possession to a deity, as in propitiation or homage."
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