On 7/12/2013 7:03 AM, Alberto G. Corona wrote:
The sacrifice of Christ paid our deeds -once and for all- for being worth and
appreciated by other human beings. The belief on that calm our innate desire to demand
the sacrifice of the others for us and the desire to sacrifice ourseves.
I was with you, Alberto, up that point. The sacrifice of Christ, which was demanded by
his Father, was for expiation of sins. Not to show he was willing to sacrifice for the
tribe. Not to show he was a team player. It was displaced revenge. It showed God was
justified in visiting great punishment on disbelievers; punishment so great that killing
His own son exemplified His wrath. This was part and parcel of the threat of eternal
torture and slaying His enemies. "See how ruthless I can be. See how seriously I take
your impiety. I kill my own son in expiation."
And his followers learned this lesson and applied it to the Cathars, the Protestants, the
Muslims, and Hitler visited it on the Jews. Not that it's unique to Christianity or even
to religion - as you note, any tribe can adopt a dogma and defend it with bloodshed.
"There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the
disease of curiosity.... It is this which draws us to try and discover the secrets of
nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing, and
which man should not wish to learn."
-- St. Augustine
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