What if God is MORE than the stories we believe?

Jesus died for our sins?

Something is wrong with “Jesus died for our sins” when we follow the story back to a Father God who needed the death offering of a Son to make things right between Himself and humanity. This story is an ancient explanation of why Jesus died such an ignoble death as a criminal.  The story of Father God needing sacrifice of a divine son made sense to those who were not far historically from animal if not human sacrifice as a way to appease or win favor from all-powerful gods.

What made perfect sense then doesn’t make as much sense now to many. No Loving God, no Abba, No Fathr of Jesus could have required or sent a Son to die to appease the offenses of humanity against the Divine. Abba, God of Jesus, was not One to be offended by our sins, but rather One Who cares what sin does to us–how it enslaves and dehumanizes us.

So, if to some, the Crucifixion of Jesus has no meaning as an appeasement sacrifice, no meaning as a sin-offering opening the gates of heaven, what could Jesus’ Crucifixion mean to them?

What if we look through a different lens at Crucifixion? What if Jesus’ love for us took him to Crucifixion because he was determined to love every single person, regardless of their judgments on him–yes, even the Pharisees, his Roman torturers, and his betraying friends and followers.

What if the real Crucifixion was Jesus letting go of justifiable judgments against those who hated him? What if Jesus realized how his worldview and his God-view threatened the top-down status quo of power? What if Jesus knew that domination would never die until it was replaced by love and letting go even the “justifiable” judgments of self, others, God?

What if Jesus’ Crucifixion was so very much more than a sin-offering or a dyiing for our sins to wipe away the guilt and shame of offending God? What if Jesus’ Crucifixion happened because it was just Jesus truly loving his sisters and brothers. What if truly loving our brothers and sisters ALWAYS takes us to the place where we must choose to let go judgments and assumptions about them over and over again? …and look beyond their judgments and assumptions about us?

Even one hair of a “me-better/smarter/etc-than you” assumption prevents that love. We honor Jesus’ Crucifixion by choosing to love the “enemies” who hate, revile and torture us, for “they know not what they do.” And so we “know not what we do” when we hate, revile, or think ourselves just the tiniest bit better than another.

What do you think?

Comments on: "Jesus died for our sins?" (8)

  1. What if it never happened?

    • Sister Lea said:

      What is the it? If not Jesus, then another because our Godview has to expand. The only other choice is God in a Box or idolatry…or secular idolatry of me, myself and I. Idolatry burns itself out because it doesn’t allow us to move beyond what what we think to be reality at any given moment.

      • The “it” I was referring to was the Crucifixion.

        You say that the only other choice is “God in a Box or idolatry…or secular idolatry of me, myself and I.” I don’t know about that. I know growing up I was told that we always worship something, either God or an idol of some kind. Maybe it is true foe some, but not all. I have no desire to worship anything. What is the point in it? I don’t get it.

        You also say that “Idolatry burns itself out because it doesn’t allow us to move beyond what what we think to be reality at any given moment.”
        I would say the the same is true for Christianity as well. We are told from a young age that reality is This and reality is That, and if we stray from This and That we will burn in hell forever. That kind of makes it hard “to move beyond what what we think to be reality at any given moment.” Don’t you think? 🙂

      • It is often fearful, even terrifying to move beyond what we were told. Even Jesus was terrified.

    • If Jesus’ crucifixion never happened, the Christian community (and Paul especially) would probably not have been catalyzed into carrying Jesus’ teachings forward in history. Killing leaders often makes them martyrs–rallying sources for their followers.

  2. Sister Lea said:

    God doesn’t need our worship unless God is “Divine Egoist”.

    Worship is for a top-down God-creature hierarchy, the one we were taught exists. God Going Rogue has no need or desire for creatures who worship “Him”.

    Idolarty is all about worship and top-down hierarchy.

    As for Crucifixion, it is all about the rejection of this top-down hierarchy. Jesus realized that God wasn’t about ruling the world or any kind of “power over”. Jesus’ idea of God was and is threatening enough to get crucified for. The status quo is built on top-down egoistic hierarchy. God gets conformed to the status quo and made into an idol to support the system. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist. Jesus tried to show us the face of a different God.

    Jesus’ Crucifixion matters because loving each other is the only way to a sane life and a sane world. That love includes the people we call enemies.

    When Christianity clings to the top-down image of God, it is because that is the one that institutional egoism always supports.

    Jesus’ Crucifixion desperately needs new interpretation for a world that doesn’t understand the difference between ego (our sacred separateness) and egoism with its goal of separatism and top-down hierarchy.

  3. Maybe not every thought in the New Testament is a conclusion. Maybe some ideas are merely stepping stones to better ideas. Some “old wine” (gods demanding sacrifice) is in there so that you can be eased into the “new wine” way of thinking? I like the new idea of Jesus that the Divine is like the woman searching for her coin and finding it (Luke 15).

    • I like what you say here: “Some “old wine” (gods demanding sacrifice) is in there so that you can be eased into the “new wine” way of thinking?”
      Thank you, Trulee!

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