I dunno. it kindof seems like cheating to me. i mean hey yeah i'll die for your sins but its all cool cause i know im coming back in three days. i mean if i could give my life to feed the entire world as long as i knew i could come back in three days, i'd do it.
------------------ it would come out insightful or brave or smooth or charming.
Although it appears that we are straying, I'd have to agree with loaded; was the incarnation/crucifixion/resurrection really a sacrifice, considering that (using Arnold's voice) "I'll be back"? Granted, if Jesus was in fact tortured ,beaten and murdered in the manner that Christian history suggests, it was a horrible tragedy. But according to Christianity, it was not fatal.
As to the original post, you raise a few interesting questions, and isn't this forum all about asking and answering questions? Really, Mike the Wiz; it's just a 'what if', not a challenge your faith. :-)
IMO, Christianity would not have gained such notority if it lacked the death that the central figure, Jesus, suffered. I base this on the ease that many Christians that I've encoutered use the emotionally charged act of His death was a witnessing device. Regarding the jail death, what if Jesus (or another equally suited saviour or saviours) came, only to find themselves in jail, sold into slavery, murdered, etc. and it just so happens that Jesus was the only to have pulled it off? A' la Neo in Reloaded. Anyway, good discussion; I'm a bit tired now, so I apologize if I am rambling...again.
quote:Well this is just about the most lame arguement against Jesus i have ever heard,the fact is he did not die in prison,and that all these people are agreeing with you on this site has shocked me,only the other day i was saying people were intelligent(members)however i now retract this statement!
have you even got a point? Lol
Would you have the same reaction to a book which discussed if Muhammed had died in prison, would we have ever heard of Islam?
Tell me what you think About your friends at the top Now who d'you think besides yourself Was the pick of the crop? Buddah was he where it's at? Is he where you are? Could Mahomet move a mountain Or was that just PR? Did you mean to die like that? Was that a mistake or Did you know your messy death Would be a record breaker?
From "Jesus Christ, Superstar" Andrew Lloyd Weber
There's a book called "The Savage God", it's about suicide and goes into explanation of how suicide became a "sin", because followers of Christ were commiting suicide so often that the religion was dying out. If Jesus had died in prison it would have been less effective. It was a PR tool. Anyway, I'm off for a fun-filled weekend out of town. Everyone have a great weekend and be safe.
quote:I wanted to get back to the main topic. sorry if i lead you off course. The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage. Martyrdom is essentially suicide because you are giving up any power in the matter by delivering yourself to your oppressors. what makes a difference is how many people see you die. The act of martyrdom has a significant effect on those who see it. The communists recognized that public executions ended up creating more of a problem than it solved and therefore kept their murders secret to prevent the people being influenced by it.
That false start topic will be closed, and probably deleted after I get the topic tracking database caught up.