So Jesus died for my sins? By his stripes, I am healed? This is what the Bible says, but I have to ask, why?
Pause for a moment and consider that Jesus was already God, and he already had all those powers while alive. He healed many, he forgave many people’s sins, all the while walking around with mankind as living proof of God’s existence.
So killing him did what, exactly? What could this accomplish that he couldn’t have done while alive? Think about it.
If he was unable to heal or forgive everyone without being tortured and murdered, then he wasn’t much of a God. But if he could, then his death served only to culturally fetishize sacrifice and suffering, something I’d say Christian history proves we could have done without.
Why does such a moral God require blood sacrifice, anyway? Think about that a second. The Bible says we are washed in Jesus’ blood. Go watch the movie Carrie if you can’t imagine what being covered in blood looks like, then tell me, is this really the kind of thing a moral, just, benevolent God would use?
Imagine yourself covered in blood. If you can do this well, you’ll probably make yourself sick. And this is an appropriate response. I really don’t want to be covered in blood, no matter whose it is, real or metaphorical, for no reason whatsoever. You shouldn’t either.
Jesus’ death starts to look pretty grotesque and pointless in the long run. Why did God require animal slaughter in the first place. And why the ritual slaughter of himself, ie, his own son, later?
Why not teach humanity a new lesson, like maybe that capital punishment doesn’t solve anything? There’s a novel idea. How much better off would the world be if missionaries had been preaching that for over a thousand years?