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Canada-Man

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Jesus is the most famous wrongly accused man in Christian/Western History








Today is Good Friday, the day Christians around the world observe what they believe to be the central fact of history: that God's son, sent to live among us, willingly offered himself as a sacrifice for the transgressions of all mankind.

In order to vicariously atone for mankind's sins, Christ allowed himself to be subjected to trumped-up charges, a wrongful conviction, and an unjust death penalty. He was brought before the Roman Prefect, Pontius Pilate, who promptly declared him innocent. But to appease the angry mob, Pilate ordered Christ to be flogged. When that wasn't enough for them, Pilate allowed Christ to be crucified.

Jesus is the most famous wrongly accused and wrongly convicted person in history, and his death holds lessons for modern men and women.

The sacrifice of innocents to answer a public outcry, fomented by persons with a political agenda, is a phenomenon likely as old as civilization, and it still happens today. Mark A Godsey of the Innocence Project recently said that "the risk of wrongful conviction is the highest when there’s public outcry. Most of the exonerations and wrongful convictions have occurred in rape cases."

It is well to remember that with Jesus, the mob used the state to carry out its vile deed on Good Friday. God allowed his son to be tried, convicted, and executed by the state in order to make a critical point. Being subjected to a criminal act by individuals acting on their own would not have manifested the community's rejection of the Messiah. The Divine Plan recognized that, all other things being equal, misconduct by the state in punishing an innocent is qualitatively different from, and more significant than, misconduct by persons acting on their own. That is one of the bases for celebrated English jurist William Blackstone's assertion that it is better that ten guilty men escape punishment than that one innocent suffer at the hands of the state.

Just as Christians believe that all of us ultimately bear responsibility for Christ's death, all of us, figuratively speaking, have blood on our hands for the mistreatment of the modern day wrongly accused.

We are the mob shouting "Crucify him!" and leading an innocent man off to Golgotha.


 
Joined Sep 10, 2015
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Its quite possible Jesus existed.

But there is no God watching over us.

If God is watching over us, he is one EVIL asshole.

He allows Kim Jung Un to enslave millions, Hitler to kills millions and Charles Mason to torture people. That is some evil fucking shit.
 

papasmerf

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Joined Aug 9, 2010
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Its quite possible Jesus existed.

But there is no God watching over us.

If God is watching over us, he is one EVIL asshole.

He allows Kim Jung Un to enslave millions, Hitler to kills millions and Charles Mason to torture people. That is some evil fucking shit.


It is we who allow evil to thrive not God.

We have to power to stop pure evil but the moral question of does that make us evil slow our willingness to act.

Of course Evil Thrives when Good Men Do Nothing.
 
Joined Sep 10, 2015
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God created everything - even Satan.

He then calls us sinners for things that he created as possibility and knew we would do.

God reminds me of those fat, poor people who have too much time on their hands and so go about doing silly things.
 

papasmerf

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Joined Aug 9, 2010
Messages 33,654
God created everything - even Satan.

He then calls us sinners for things that he created as possibility and knew we would do.

God reminds me of those fat, poor people who have too much time on their hands and so go about doing silly things.
The I am not responsible because God allows it to have horse shit.
Oh well............
 

Prim0

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Joined Jun 29, 2010
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MAL....that's not the way it works. God supposedly gave us free will to choose to be good or evil (or anything in between). So he doesn't make us do anything, the choice is ours.

Now I'm an atheist and don't believe in god. I believe that within the immense span of time and sheer size of the universe, it was very probable that molecules could combine in such a way that life began. I think morals are what we agree them to be and each culture or religion is just that. My belief is that each person should be free to choose how they live their lives and to deal with the consequences of their choices.

What makes Christians any more right about things than those who follow other religions? Islam, Judaism and Christianity have many of the same components, yet they all see morality differently. Religions have come and gone and yet we continue to evolve as an overall human civilization. Believe what you want and do as you wish, right up until it conflicts with someone else's choices...then you have to work it out. There are many options....fight about it, impose your choices on someone else, agree to disagree and go your own ways, compromise, etc. Me, I'm all for the mind your own business and keep your nose out of the business of others.
 
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Boing

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MAL....that's not the way it works. God supposedly gave us free will to choose to be good or evil (or anything in between). So he doesn't make us do anything, the choice is ours.

Now I'm an atheist and don't believe in god. I believe that within the immense span of time and sheer size of the universe, it was very probable that molecules could combine in such a way that life began. I think morals are what we agree them to be and each culture or religion is just that. My belief is that each person should be free to choose how they live their lives and to deal with the consequences of their choices.

What makes Christians any more right about things than those who follow other religions? Islam, Judaism and Christianity have many of the same components, yet they all see morality differently. Religions have come and gone and yet we continue to evolve as an overall human civilization. Believe what you want and do as you wish, right up until it conflicts with someone else's choices...then you have to work it out. There are many options....fight about it, impose your choices on someone else, agree to disagree and go your own ways, compromise, etc. Me, I'm all for the mind your own business and keep your nose out of the business of others.

I was about to say that :-Cool/"
 
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DannyDeVito

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It is only 1:58 minutes too long. Where is that prick when you need him?.
 
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