Saturday, July 28, 2007

Christianity - self-contradictory or what?

Jesus on the cross

'His body was beaten from head to foot. The thorns had pierced His brow and the blood was running from His head. His back was lacerated. His face was black and blue from being beaten with the fists and hands of the soldiers. He had been spit on. His face had been in the mud. If that robe was on Him for ten or fifteen minutes, it sealed itself to all those wounds, and just like tearing off a bandage unmercifully, they jerked that robe back off. It opened all the wounds and caused them to bleed more profusely than ever before.'

I won't give more examples of Christians dwelling on the horrible suffering of Jesus on the cross. They go into very gruesome detail.

Suffering  

'Suffering in this life is so insignificant in light of eternity that it is not even worthy of a comparison. It may not seem this way when we look at our circumstances, but when we look out to the joy set before us, it is nothing. Suffering is not even a drop in the bucket.'

There you have it. The suffering of jesus was insignficant - not even a drop in the bucket.


6 Comments:

Blogger RobHu said...

All the Evangelicals I know stress the spiritual disconnection with God the Father rather than the physical pain on the cross.

I remember a sermon at church where the church leader repeatedly said that people have suffered far worse torture physically.

What is more obvious that few Christians seem to realise is that in their myth whatever Jesus suffered he must have known that three days later it would be over, yet they think that is worse than people burning in hell forever.

3:20 AM  
Blogger Steven Carr said...

You mean there is one God, Jesus was God, and Jesus was disconnected from God?

In 'The Passion of the Christ' the physical suffering of Jesus was stressed.

While suffering is often said to be inconsequential compared to an eternity in Heaven.

A lifetime of suffering is inconsequenatial , while a moment of sin will damn you for all eternity....

3:38 AM  
Blogger jazzycat said...

Your blog seems to be anti-Christian. Assuming you would also be anti-supreme being, I was wondering what your faith position is on the origin of the universe?

3:00 PM  
Blogger J. Clark said...

Interesting interpretation. κατεργάζεται - to achieve, to work fully

The translation is that these sufferings are achieving or creating in us an eternal glory. "inconsequential" is a wrong interpretation of the word. Maybe that will change your interpretation if it's not fed by some contrary presupposition?

10:39 AM  
Blogger Bahnsen Burner said...

Steven,

I really enjoyed this blog entry. It's always amusing to catch Christians in baldfaced contradictions like this.

Regards,
Dawson

10:18 PM  
Blogger stephen said...

when something is counter-intuitive

it is not necessarily self contradictory

7:33 PM  

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