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E. Elpedio Robinson | Did God really sacrifice His son?

Published:Monday | April 17, 2017 | 4:10 AM

We are in that period again when we celebrate Easter, putatively the most magnanimous act in human history: God sacrificing His son for the sins of the world.

However, as I consider this reputed event, I could not escape the question as to whether or not God really sacrificed His son.

Now, to my understanding, sacrifice, in the sense of the current celebrated event, is the giving up, irrecoverably, of something, in this case, someone precious for something even more precious, the world.

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ has all the attributes of God: omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience. In John 10: 17-18, Jesus declares he has the power to lay down his life and take it up again. Therefore, God could not have truly sacrificed His son, since you cannot give up that which you cannot lose. You cannot kill that which cannot die. Had Abraham been allowed to sacrifice his son, it would have been a truer sacrifice than the one we now celebrate. Why would the omniscient God employ a scheme that begs so many questions and even smacks of untruth to redeem the ‘untruthful’? 

The next question I pondered was why God, the creator of all peoples, would choose a representative of a specific people, the white, to take such an important message of salvation to all peoples?
There is no thought that can occur in man that has not first occurred in the mind of God. It follows, therefore, that God, at the time of formulating this grand salvation plan, would be aware of psychology. Therefore, from a psychological point, it is not difficult to foresee the negative effects of this plan: the whites believing they are superior to all other races and the other races that blindly accept, in the name of faith, this story, to believe, unconsciously, that they are inferior to the whites.

This story has made victims of both the whites and all others who receive it as incontrovertibly true. This victimisation has been manifesting itself in all forms of conflicts, which make this salvation plan most inefficacious and, therefore, doubtful of God's making.

THE OTHER SIDE

Suppose we were all taught, in the home, to first love ourselves then to love our neighbours as we love ourselves, and to also do unto others as we would have them do unto us, without the contradictions of religions? What do you think we would be celebrating at this time? Not a man who dubitably died for our sins but better political systems and administrations, greater legitimate economic opportunities, thereby reducing the incidence of venality, which is now rife in the society. We would have more socially salutary behaviour, which would eliminate the crassness which now passes for social interaction among our children, who sometimes call each other ‘dawg’. We need more educated and productive people for whom children are the result of careful, purposeful and deliberate choice and not as a result of careless fun in the sack.

- E. Elpedio Robinson is a fine artist. Email feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com and elpediofineart@yahoo.com.