I am sure you have noticed how passionate, emotional, and at times outright hysterical some of our pastors and ministers get when with thundering voices they cascade the sacred slogan “Jesus died for your sins!” over the heads of their guilt-ridden yet mesmerized audiences. Very few know, however, that at one time this was a very controversial claim even within the church.
“An important aspect of the effort made by the church to establish and preserve its privileges, the way the “poor in spirit” perceives reality, his fear-induced embracing of the doctrine of divine punishment and divine rewards is conducive to creating dependency to the clergy’s alleged power to obtain forgiveness for his so-called sins.” – A Time of Change
Accepting for a moment as fact that he died on the cross, it stands for reason that the physical death of Jesus could not annul the consequences to the so-called sins allegedly committed by humankind. This is another claim made by the church that makes no sense at all, and no theologian was able to rationally explain it. Like most everything else in Christianity, though, this too is an old money making scheme borrowed from other religions.
The parable of the death of a body was meant to help man understand that we are not the ephemeral material body, and that the real us is our eternal spiritual essence. In fact, Jesus states that “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing” (John 6:63), and that is something they certainly do not preach in churches. Indeed, this description for the true nature of man offered by the one known as Jesus, the fact that what we truly are is the spirit energy and not the body is something the church does not endorse or promote. More than that, Jesus was only repeating what was common knowledge among the sages of the time, and this word of wisdom in the Bible was an idea extracted actually from the teaching of Lucius Annaeus Seneca, one of Jesus’ contemporaries. This Roman stoic philosopher and statesman was also known as the Seneca the Younger (4 BCE – 6 CE). He claimed that, “No man is free who is a slave to the flesh.”
By replacing the goat with a son-of-god Jesus and making him into the sacrificial lamb that would die for everyone else’s bad behavior, the makers of the Christian religion killed actually three birds with one stone. They were offering the paying customer a more dramatic and thus more marketable story. In the process, they would confuse almost everyone about the real significance of the story of crucifixion, actually a metaphor for spiritual rebirth rooted in Egyptian traditions. Their third and most important accomplishment, however, was that they were once again able to distort a significant element in Jesus’ teachings, one that was supposed to help man access a truthful understanding of his nature and escape the trap of belief.
The old tradition requiring the killing of goats in order for us to conveniently rid ourselves of the burden of our wicked sins was an absurd idea to begin with. The belief that Jesus, the alleged son of god has died for our sins though was an even more irrational idea. Jesus, an enemy of religion, was made into a god that played the role of the scapegoat. With one stroke of the brush, the bishops turned yet another pagan tradition into a Christian one. Most importantly, they were erasing from public consciousness a message that ran contrary to the purpose of their enterprise and their personal ambitions. In addition to that, by luring people into signing up with their more dramatic religion of a sacrificial son of god, they were also eliminating competition.
in error and blindness....saw me; they punished me. It was another, their father, who drank the gall and vinegar; it was not I. They struck me with the reed; it was another, Simon, who bore the cross on his shoulder. I was rejoicing in the height over all....And I was laughing at their ignorance. (Second Treatise of the Great Seth)
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. (Book of Revelation, Chapter 17:4-6)