This idea can have logic and great value even for an atheist.
Not that long ago I offered for some angry people to kick my head in, to prove a point about how men should treat women (i.e. don't bully them). (I guess they didn't have the heart to do it.)
Among the many interpretations which can be placed on the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, we can say this:
Jesus went to his death willingly - in that he knew it was going to happen, and didn't run away, when he could have done - in order to prove and illustrate a point. That point was his life's work (well, the last 3 years'). One of his main lessons was that we can all be given the chance for our sins to be forgiven, provided we earn it and do the necessary real work involved. Provided we go to our Crucifixion willingly. If he can get himself crucified, we should be up to saying sorry and putting things right when we have to. We should be humble enough to suffer for what we have done. We should be humble enough to let something go instead of escalating to some kind of blood feud.
He also forgave the people who were crucifying him.
By dramatically illustrating the idea that God can forgive our sins, will always give us a second chance to make good: life became possible, life became good, life became fruitful. Instead of nasty, brutish and short. Hence the Resurrection.
OR, somebody or somebodies, made the whole thing up!
Make that "suicide by Centurian."
At first I read that as 'suicide by Centauri' and an image of Londo Molari presiding over the crucifixion popped into my head.
You really need to get those lenses brought up to date.
Vir! Where are my lenses?!
Exactly. You suck so bad, you made god kill himself. :(
The first recorded suicide-by-cop?
There are all those Greek myths which still have currency today because they colourfully sum up some well-known, common situations. The Jesus "myth" (or whatever it is) falls into that category in my opinion. I'd say it's the king of all of them: the most important and vital.
The Jesus "myth" (or whatever it is) falls into that category in my opinion. I'd say it's the king of all of them: the most important and vital.
This might have something to do with it.
A good story sells itself and doesn't need to be embedded with threats. The theme is about how to be a good slave. It's a story developed by those who would control.