“A warm welcome to Zingcreed, the blog that delights in pissing off Christians and atheists alike. If you don’t like this channel, just retune to something more to your religious tastes – there are plenty of pietistic alternative blogs out there.
I’m delighted that my laptop has returned from its holiday in Bydgoszcz in Poland, and is working perfectly again. My Kindle is still at large – I fear I’ll never see that magical machine again.
Once again my question is an original one, not out of some atheist book. I don’t think it’s one that believers often address. After all, most churches support the status quo, and, with the exception of two clergy I can think of, I reckon ministers are all conservative, and the last thing they want is for churchgoers to be crucified for sedition,
I hope you find this challenging…
Peter Turner, M.A., M.Sc.”
Most Christians worship Jesus. This means they try to follow his teachings and emulate him in whatever ways are practicable, 2000 years after his death. Speaking of his death, he was executed for sedition. Crucifixion was the Roman punishment for political crimes, for threatening the smooth running of the empire. Anything less than that, e.g. religious subversion, and you would be stoned to death instead.
In fact, Jesus was a threat to three groups of people: the Romans, the Pharisees and the Saducees.
He called Herod “a fox”;
he denounced the hypocrisy and legalism of the Pharisees;
his teachings threatened the privileged position of the Saducees;
he died at the hands of the political authorities (the Romans) by crucifixion.
All three groups worked together to shut the noisesome preacher up. He was a real thorn in their side, but he had to be subtle or they would have been on to him earlier.
Now, who are the groups of people that you are a serious threat to? Whose empire are you living in today? Who have you called a fox today? Who are the equivalents of the first century Jewish religious leaders in your religion today?How far should you go in challenging them? Did Jesus win his battle or did he lose? Do you mind if you lose?
(Some relevant material may be found in some of Zingcreed’s earlier Posts)
Interesting answers will be published.
Related Zingcreed Posts:
544: Do dead men eat fish? A question for all Christians (#1)
566: Why are you rich? A question for all Christians (#3)
Jesus the subversive
Social divisions in Jesus’ time and today
Jesus’s real political message