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I’m getting a bit tired of being told that some guy 2,000 years ago died for me. So, I’m stating publicly and in no uncertain terms:
No one died for me! Certainly no one died to absolve me of my sins!
This concept of putting all of one’s sins on a goat or a sheep or two turtledoves and then killing the animal or birds has a long and stupid tradition in the Old Testament. It is continued in the New Testament with the killing of the Lamb of God. I will admit that at least in the New Testament, the scapegoating ended there. That’s a good thing. But, it doesn’t change the fact that the entire concept of scapegoating is monumentally idiotic.
Exactly how does one transfer one’s sins to the animal? If one has sinned, and the only sin lies in unnecessarily hurting others deliberately or through recklessness, then should not one make restitution to those who were harmed? Killing an innocent sheep and then wasting the food is merely another sin of unnecessarily harming the sheep or Lamb of God or whoever. I’m not a vegan. But, killing unnecessarily, i.e. as a sacrifice to God and wasting the food is itself a sin, no matter what the Bad Book has to say about it.
It simply makes no sense.
If it made any sense, murderers might be sentenced to their choice of death or putting their sin on a sheep and killing the sheep. No one thinks that’s a good idea, right? (At least no non-murderers.)
So, if I have hurt you, a real possibility since I am not perfect, please let me know and I will try to make restitution. No goats will be harmed during my penitence and atonement, I assure you.
Now, that said, let’s take this a bit farther. Christians do not believe in death. At least, Christians don’t believe in true death, eternal oblivion. Personally, I do. But, since Christians do not and this whole Lamb of God bullshit is a Christian thing, let me point this out:
If Jesus died for your sins, you must admit that Jesus is dead!
If Jesus merely ascended bodily into heaven, one cannot really call this a sacrifice. It’s really more of a metamorphosis. Jesus morphed for your sins. I like the sound of that. It sounds just as silly as it is.
Oh, and if Jesus loves me, next time you talk to Him, tell Him I said He sure has a funny way of showing it.
I’m done now except for this disclaimer.
I do not object to Christianity any more than any other flavor of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religion, deliberately singular as always. I hate all flavors of that religion equally, including the one into which I was born. I have less strong feelings for other supernatural religions, like Hinduism, primarily because I know less about them and have not seen them cause the level of harm that the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religion still regularly does.
The only reason I wrote this particularly anti-Christian post is because when I post about my views as an atheist, Christians seem to like to tell me that Jesus died for me. Don’t lay that guilt trip on me. And definitely don’t lay it on me and then claim Jesus is somehow still alive and requests that I pray to Him to thank Him for His non-sacrifice.
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