Thanks. Blame it on my going to a VERY liberal private catholic boys school where I was the first graduate in over a decade not to go on to college. haha! I went in the marines instead. Now in my final year of getting a degree in geology/mining.
Don't get me started on the trinity's origin or all the rituals christianity stole from other religions as listed in the Catholic Encyclopedia. Or how Immanuel Kant's ideas on sciences and religion ought to be made the first global law.
When you think about it, the cross would have been the equivalent of today's electric chair. So when you see someone with cross tattoos or jewelry, it is pretty sick if you think of it in that light. I wonder what people would do if we started wearing "electric chair" apparel.
I had explored similar thoughts regarding Jesus and impalement a while back:
After reading up on this it seems like Jesus pussed out by taking an afternoon's crucifixion over a week's impalement. Now that's suffering. So why take crucifixion instead? Think about it.
A messiah on a cross with arms wide is a more appealing symbol than a messiah-ke-bob with a spike up his ass. Imagine the statues and symbols of the latter adorning the altars, necklaces, and shrines of the world.
Think of poor Doubting Thomas. What does he do to verify the wounds of the risen impaled Jesus? ("Until I push my fist up his gaping backside, I will not believe.") And just imagine what impalement stigmata would be like. (Padre Pio: "I've been walking funny and shitting jets of blood for a week! Praise his holy name!")
Maybe Jesus wasn't wimping out, so much as engaging in a bit of far-sighted public relations.
How about those Jesus halloween costumes that come with the cross..why would jesus be wearing one?