Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ascension... Into Hell!?

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

The Crucifix.

Why a Crucifix?

I once read what I’d thought to be a very insightful comment about Catholics so frequently displaying and/or wearing the Crucifix. This comment was to the effect of:

If you dearly loved your grandmother and wanted to remember her after she’d died in a car accident, you would find a picture of her smiling, happy, and whole, and put that in a locket to wear around your neck. The memory you would not put in the locket is a picture of her maimed corpse hanging out of the wreckage.

Would you not agree with this? Wouldn’t the latter be just a dash on the distasteful side?

So why then do Catholics (and other Christians but to a lesser extent) so often immortalize Jesus as a bloody and famished body hanging on a cross, rather than focusing—far more importantly—on Jesus as the whole, ascended, unconditionally loving, and lighted being that he is? (This commonly being depicted as a white-clothed Jesus radiating light and surrounded by clouds, and indirectly symbolized by the empty cross more typical of the non-Catholic sects of Christianity.)

Could it be due to a profound subconsciously-resonant self-attachment to beliefs of personal victimhood, guilt, worthlessness, etc.? And thus why the tale of “Jesus as savior” sounds so appealing?

Whether we take the scriptural events of Jesus’ life literally, metaphorically, or both, and great though the implications of these events may be, they pale in comparison to the fact that at the end of his earthly life Jesus rose from the dead to prove that who we truly are is beyond sin, suffering, and even death!

Many brilliant souls have come to this planet with a very positive message only to be tortured and killed viciously, many of their names and deeds likely lost through the erosion of time. Truth is, Jesus would be “just another” one of these wise men, perhaps a forgotten one at that, had he not also ascended. Placing Jesus’ suffering and death over his ascension is to miss the whole point of his coming here.

By all means, we need not forget about the suffering or sacrifice of Jesus. But maybe it’s time to be a little more positive and place credit where credit is due.

And Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But the man said, “Lord, I must first go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead: You go and preach the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9:59-60

Below is a BBC documentary titled: Jesus Was a Buddhist Monk. Although I think it’s worth watching the whole film (particularly since 20-some odd years of Jesus' life are unaccounted for), I’ve specifically set it to play the segment from 4:33 to 7:00.

I here give advanced warning that what is presented is stomach-churning. Nonetheless, it provides a practical depiction of the sometimes shocking intensity of “Catholic Guilt,” as I’d discussed a short time ago, as well as the disheartening behaviors of self-mutilation and pain that man is willing to put himself through when misunderstanding of the true meaning of Jesus’ life.

Should you choose not to watch, here’s what happens:

Every year at Easter in the Philippines, Christian men put on a reenactment of Jesus’ crucifixion. Although it seems that no one goes so far as to willingly take on a crown of thorns and a whipping, these men do in fact allow themselves to be nailed to a cross.


Feeling so terribly guilty about how sinful they apparently are, they believe that being nailed to a cross serves as a detox for some their sins.

You’re welcome to correct me if I’m mistaken, but isn’t the Christian teaching that Jesus’ death and resurrection were about a washing away of sin? That the act of ascension atoned for all of humanity’s sins?

Scripturally-speaking, this is stated quite exactingly in 1 John 2:2: “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. And not just for ours but the sins of the whole world.”

So why in creation are any followers of Jesus carrying such raging guilt complexes and then enthusiastically disfiguring themselves and enabling others to do the same as if the fulfillment of Jesus’ very life purpose had never taken place?

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