Christians Like Torture (For Others)
Perhaps if Jesus had been simply killed with a stab to the back, Christianity might never have caught on. Because it appears, according to Andrew Sullivan, that there's a correlation between support of torture and being a professed Christian
. Which makes a bit of sense, as all Christian persecutions of others have involved torture and execution that at times seemed to echo that of Christ, to a point of being an attempt at re-creation. Why is this? Why does emotional connection to the story of Jesus not
cause the infliction of suffering to appall Christians more than others? Does the story not create empathy for suffering, or: does it provide an inoculation against such empathy?
And even more so: does this explain the true appeal of the Passion of the Christ, which came out at a time when we found out we were torturing?
In any case, it should be a moment of, at least, self-reflection for these so-called Christians, who probably would have been among Jesus' persecutors, not his apostles. Though they might have become Christians later, to get forgiveness so they'd never have to take responsibility. Because that's what today's Christians believe it is--a way to avoid having to take responsibility for their actions. Becoming "born-again," many may not realize, doesn't necessarily mean you lead an upright life later. It just means you believe Jesus is controlling your actions from then on, and therefore sanctions what you do.
This is nothing to do with being a Christian, a position in which you cannot help thinking about the consequences of and responsibility for your choices and actions. But how many think of it that way? Few.
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