More than two millenia ago, a miraculous baby was birthed in the city of Bethlehem. A great relief; a new preacher was born. He called people to leave sin and repent. He called people to the oneness of God. He emphasized he wasn’t sent to abolish the laws of the prophets. But of course, like they always did, they called for his head.
Yearly, it has been a norm for billions of Christians around the world to remember the alleged death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To a part of them, it is not only about Jesus the “only begotten son of God” dying, it is also about Jesus the Yahweh himself that became flesh to do the needful. Yes, the needful. Adam and Eve had committed an ” unforgivable sin” against a Forgiving ad Merciful God. Adam, Eve, and the snake each had their share of the consequences. But these consequences were not enough, their offspring has to have their share too. Therefore is the need to be redeemed of this generational sin. John, the forth Gospel said, God gave up Jesus; his only begotten son for sacrifice. The same book said this son is the word (logos) which turned flesh. Whether, the word is the son which was the word in the beginning or the word was begotten sometimes later, I leave them with a simple question: why is the book of John speaking in Jargons?
Most Christian groups focus on human sin as the core problem of spirituality, and atonement theory is the answer. To make this atonement theory work, they must convince people that they are separated from God because of their terrible sin. The only way to be a forgiven sinner who is not separated from God and going to heaven is to believe in Jesus and become a part of their Christian tribe, participate in the Mass, or whatever else is required to be okay in the sight of the church and God. The result is that these churches exert a powerful hold on their followers’ conscience and consciousness. They think for them, reasoning for them while they follow blindly.
According to their school of thought, each child born through sexual relations bear the consequences of Adam. A baby who dies few minutes after birth goes to where? Remember he hasn’t given his life to Christ? He would suffer in hell for the sins of Adam of just eating the forbidden fruit. What a doctrine!
What they mean is “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” But the Bible actually says:
The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.
“These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
Noah was “perfect in his generations”. “Perfect” includes having no sin, otherwise one wouldn’t be perfect.
Most Christians till today don’t even know the meaning of Easter and if the word exist in the scripture. The only place it appears is in the translation of KJV.
The Acts 12:4
KJV: And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after EASTER to bring him forth to the people.
NIV: After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the PASSOVER.
NRSV: When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the PASSOVER.
The word translated as Easter and Passover is “πάσχα (pascha)”. Literally and technically, Passover is the right translation. This shows how desperate the writers of KJV were. I ask another question, why is the need to force Easter into the scripture?
Guess the meaning and origin or Easter. It is from Middle English Ester, Eestour, from Old English ēastre, cognate to Old High German ōstarūn, and related to Ēostre, Ēastre, a goddess and her festival that was celebrated at the vernal equinox. It used to be a festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara, celebrated at the equinox or within the month of April, and also called Ostara or Eostre.
And when is Easter celebrated by Christians?
The first Sunday (and Monday) following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, ranging from March 22 to April 25. That is a bit of evidence of the influence of Roman paganism in Christianity. Another question, why was Easter decided at the council of Nicea to be next Sunday after the vernal equinox?
The doctrine of original sin began to emerge only in the 3rd century but became fully formed with the writings of Augustine of Hippo (354–430), who was the first author to use the phrase “original sin”. Augustine’s conception of original sin was based on a mistranslated passage in Paul Epistle to the Romans, and scholars have debated whether the passage supports Augustine’s view. If we are to take the concept of original sin serious all the laws and prophets earlier sent by God were “useless and needless”. What is the need for Noah to preach for hundreds of years? Why was Moses suffered if only Jesus’ death can reconcile man back to God? An why did all the prophets forget Adam as the cause of our problems?
The other day, a Christian colleague had borrowed my phone to send a file through WhatsApp to someone. Instead of minding his business as I thought, he couldn’t resist to open one of the countless religious comparative groups I belong. After reading enough, he came back with questions. The first question he asked was the Islamic view on Jesus death. Without delay, I answered him and opened Qur’an and read to him in English. He was a bit puzzled to read Jesus didn’t die. I related him back to the Bible. From Hebrew 5:7 to the prophecy of Jonah. From the fear Jesus portrayed by praying fervently to the statement of disappointment accusing God for forsaking him. While we were on the prophecy of Jonah, he said, Jesus must have resurrected on Monday in order to fulfill the three days and three nights prophesied. I looked at him with surprise. He surely doesn’t know his Bible too well. But the Bible says Jesus arose on the day after Sabbath. He couldn’t find any more supporting points at that moment. But, a messiah appeared. Another Christian friend came to his rescue. I watched him calculate from Friday evening to Sunday morning as three days. He rushed to Google and read to us. Friday to Saturday one day, we said yes, Saturday to Sunday nko? I collected the phone from him and read the article he was quoting further, lo and behold, it was stated in the article that it is very difficult to prove the three days and three nights. “But Jesus didn’t say three nights na, its just three days,” the first guy exclaimed. But reading through the verse, his brain got reset. The truth is, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the disciples of Jesus were not the ones who wrote the Gospels attributed to them. If we can’t authorize a book, can its writings be credible?
This past Friday, on the “Kakaaki” programme in the early hours, on why Jesus came to die, the guest speaker said the sins of Adam and Eve were great that they require big sacrifice. I shook my head in pity for misleading people. He didn’t forget to commit heresy by saying Jesus was fully human and God, I expected the questioner to further ask about the Jesus that was killed; man or God? Jesus as man and God means he sacrificed himself for himself. What a “Sacrifice”!
I watched him stammer and stutter when he was asked about the three days and three nights. He counted Friday to Sunday morning as three days and three nights. To confuse the hosts, he concluded with the statement, ” the perceived foolishness of God is wisdom to man”. He meant even though the statement of Jesus doesn’t equate the occurrence, we should accept it, since the foolishness of God is wisdom to man. He actually quoted apostle Paul. May Allah never replace our brains with pap.
Jesus coming to die will remain a hard nut to crack for the Christians. Revelation 13:8 says
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.”
Here, a Lamb was said to have been slain from the beginning of the world. The Lamb apparently is Jesus Christ. So how many times has Jesus been sacrificed? Meanwhile, if Jesus was slaughtered in the beginning, and it is perceived that Jesus would be slain again when he comes down as flesh, why did God regret in Genesis 6:6?
The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.
Logically, if Jesus would be sacrificed, there wouldn’t be need for regrets when God saw the wickedness of man. Which director of a movie gets sad when the actors are acting in accordance to the penned script?
So, if God is Jesus, Jesus is God, God is eternal, and God doesn’t die. Then God did not die.
And if the earthly body of Jesus “died” but Jesus/God is not dead. Where is the “sacrifice” of his “only begotten son” if He is Him?