I recently read something that had never occurred to me before. I am a little disappointed in myself for not realizing this particular contradiction. I guess it is because I was too busy analyzing the explanations of the Trinity and focusing on how absurd the Trinity still is to me.
So many times, I have heard from Christians, how loving God is, because he sacrificed his only son for us. Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins. Nevermind that this source of information only comes from a very old Book that no one can verify the validity of its content. And somehow, this is supposed to be enough to convince us that we should praise God/Jesus/Holy Spirit. We are supposed to just have faith that if we believe that this happened and live our lives according to God’s rules, than we will not be tortured for eternity in Hell. However, there are a few things that we have all forgotten about this whole issue of what God sacrificed.
So let’s try to understand this correctly. God decided to impregnate the Virgin Mary. And she gave birth to Jesus who was thought to be God’s son. But in reality, Jesus was God in human form. And since God is all-knowing of what will happen before it does, he knew that Jesus/Himself would be killed and being that He was God, he knew he would be resurrected but also would live for eternity anyhow. It doesn’t even matter if you believe in the Trinity or not. Even if Jesus was not God, God knew that Jesus would be resurrected and live forever after he was killed. How was this really a sacrifice?
And being God, the creator of the universe, creator of all living things, creator of all the stars, suns, moons, etc.. etc…., He could easily create a 1000 more sons if he wanted to. But didn’t he do that already? What do they mean by his only son? Are we not all his children? If so, than Jesus is NOT his only son.
And because God created this world and the people in it, He also created the situation in which Jesus’ murder would occur. Or at least he knew this was going to happen and did nothing to stop it.
Of course there is the free will thing. Christians will defend God by reasoning that God does not want to make you love him. He wants you to come to that decision on your own. But if you don’t you are going to Hell. Pretty clear what choice you should make if you know what’s good for you. And is it really free will when God knows every variable that will occur? God already knows how the game will end and what happens in the game. Does he enjoy watching all the suffering that is happening? If not, then why does he allow it? If it’s all for our own education, why is this necessary? All he has to do is give us the knowledge we need. And some will say that God did not create Evil. Man did. But God created Man. I thought Evil came from Satan who was created by God who knew before he created him, what would happen.
One more thing to consider about this great sacrifice. There have been countless soldiers and parents who chose to endure suffering and torture rather than give up a loved one. Protestors who lit themselves on fire to make a point, numerous people who have been crucified because they refused to sell out a friend or loved one. And none of these people knew with complete certainty that they would be granted everlasting life. So how is Jesus’s crucifixion so special when He knew he his death was not really the end of his life?