This post may be more than a little anti Christian, albeit written as respectfully as I can. If you don’t want to read that, stop reading now. You have been warned.
I’ve been watching the first Season of Vikings with my mother and my son. Last night we watched the last two episodes, which were especially dark, and frankly unpleasant. I didn’t like them at all, but that’s not the point.
The penultimate episode deals with human sacrifice, including all the gore one would get with ritually sacrificing adults by slashing their necks, collecting the blood, and then hanging them upside down. It was gruesome. There’s a considerable difference between us mentioning human sacrifice, detached as we often are, versus actually seeing it re-enacted.
But it made me think: Just how far has Christianity really moved from its roots? We often hear that Jesus died for our sins, and the symbol of Christianity, the crucifix, is a cross showing him nailed to it as he was crucified as a method of execution. He is often referred to as the sacrificial lamb, and it is thus clear that Jesus represents a sacrifice. A literal human sacrifice.
When you say, “He died for our sins”, do you really think about that means? I doubt it… I think that the average Christian goes as far as seeing it as a noble deed… Noble that he was willing to die for our sins. And that’s where they stop. They don’t see the awful reality, which is that his death is thus a literal blood sacrifice. Do you believe in sacrificing sheep and goats in times of need? If the answer is “No”, then why should you believe a human sacrifice would mean anything more? Even if that human were the son of god?
It doesn’t make sense. This belief that Jesus died for your sins is absurd. It is based on nothing more than this primitive idea of human sacrifice. That’s all it comes down to.
Of course it gets worse. The Christian doctrine gets muddled after that… His death started out a blood sacrifice… Then, most likely some decades after his death, when the gospels were written and then cribbed from each other by men who never even met the man or anyone who knew him, someone decided he was resurrected after three days. So he died and then rose again for our sins. This makes the sacrifice not much of a sacrifice after all. He died but he didn’t stay dead.
Then, maybe hundreds of years later – and I don’t know how long but it isn’t important, somebody decided his mother was a virgin. A virgin birth made the Jesus story similar to loads of others at the time, and thus more relatable to people who might be persuaded to change their religion. Likewise, some Pope or other invented the Trilogy, centuries later. With this, the father, the son, and the holy spirit are all three persons in one. Marvelous, now the son being sacrificed to the father makes even less sense, as he was a literal blood sacrifice to himself. No wonder Christians don’t see the craziness of believing in a religion based on human sacrifice. By muddying the waters and making the myth more confusing, whoever invented the Trilogy made the religion more obscure. He moved the dreadful reality of the blood sacrifice further away, into the realm of an analogy. But it’s still there. The religion is still based on an iron age belief in human sacrifice.
I wish I’d thought of these things years ago as it would have made leaving my religion easier. As it was, I rejected the belief in god because of logic alone. Now years later when I think about it, it is amazing the people still believe in such nonsense.