In the beginning…
Since this is a particularly special weekend for Christianity (as well as several other pagan traditions which are not celebrated as widely, if at all anymore), I figure it’s worth honing in and discussing exactly what this is all about.
According to the Christian tradition, God sent Jesus down to die on the cross as payment for our sins. According to modern Christianity, we are all born sinners due to the “fall” of man. Christians parrot the line that the “just” payment for sins is death, but what’s so just about it?
I’m going to let one of my new favorite channels on YouTube, QualiaSoup, creator of last week’s video on Open-Mindedness, do the talking for me this week, with two of his videos:
The first, In the beginning, God created injustice, expresses my problem with the idea of “sin” that Jesus supposedly came to pay for.
The second, Hell: an excessive punishment, details the problem with the punishment that Jesus supposedly saves us from.
There is no justice in punishing one person for someone else’s transgressions, nor in punishing infinitely for finite transgressions, nor in murdering an innocent in place of the guilty. The entire system of Christian cosmology, what is being celebrated this weekend, is an unjust, immoral, and inexcusable mythology.
The injustice of it isn’t what bothers me, since I don’t believe it’s true. It’s that so many people have been brainwashed into thinking that if such a thing were true, it would be just, myself once among them.
Tomorrow, I’ll respond to the assertion that Jesus sacrificed himself for my sins with a simple question: what sacrifice?