||[Feb. 27th, 2004|04:50 pm]
The Question Club
Considering the uproar over The Passion, about the excrutiating death of Christ, I thought of an interesting question. This is addressed to all of you who consider yourself Christians.|
Suppose Jesus opted for an easier death, where he wasn't lashed or beaten or tortured. Suppose he just was just led out of his jail cell and beheaded, with no other pain involved whatsoever. Would you still feel as fervant in your belief that Jesus suffered and died for your sins? Does the manner of his death have a lot to do with his commitment to us as a savior?
Suppose they just threw Jesus into the sea and he drowned, with no bloodshed involved at all, and kind of a mundane death that thousands experience every year. If his death wasn't so painful and relatively unique/rare, would you still be as moved that he supposedly did it for all mankind?
Explain, as I kind of think that part of the overall appeal of Jesus' death was that it was so epic. We're drawn to, and impressed by people who live strongly and die violently. Lincoln and Kennedy are two of the most famous presidents in US history, and both were assassinated in office, and they're both considered two of the best presidents ever. Eisenhower and Roosevelt were also great presidents, but I think that because they didn't die by assassin's bullets, they won't attain nearly the same notariety as those other two.
What do you think?