"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, bla bla bla….." (John 3:16).
This verse is probably one of the most important verses in the bible establishing the fundamentals of Christianity. Yet for me this is also the single verse that undoubtedly confirms that the bible was written by primitive men, for primitive men.
The writer of this text, as a human, wanted to evoke certain emotions from the reader and nothing does this best than drawing on the relationship between a father and his son. Note that this was written at a time when women (daughters) were objects of no importance and the son was chosen to stress the severity of the sacrifice made by the father (god). The writer unashamedly plays on the emotions of his readers in order to get across the absurd notion that god unconditionally loves the human race and will do everything in his power to save them from eternal damnation. I have highlighted some of these emotional assaults below:
Firstly, god gave his ONLY son. Note; god only has one son. At a time when human life was worth little and kids were plenty, the loss of a child was not uncommon and not as traumatic as it is today. Off course the writer knew this and therefore limits god to one son to eliminate any thoughts of “but at least god has a few more kids if this all goes wrong”. In other words, if god had an army of sons, the sacrifice would have been less impressive.
What the readers seemingly fail to understand or challenge is why an almighty god only have one son? Why can god churn out millions and millions of babies each year, but are limited to one son of his own? Nowhere in the bible is there any indication that god and Mary had difficulty in conceiving kids, in fact the impregnation seems to have been swift and seamless leaving them with a perfectly healthy boy. People pray to god daily to help them have kids yet god can only produce one son of his own. What’s even more absurd is why god decided to start a family in order to save the world? Did he create Jesus specifically to get him killed so that he can save his flock? These are bizarre questions for an almighty god yet there are no answers and man is told not to question any of god’s actions.
However, given the context of the time during which this was written and the audience to whom this was intended, it comes as no surprise that the image of a father sacrificing his only son would strike at the very heart of those reading this. This primitive yet very powerful image is also used when god instructs Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Secondly, god did not only give his only son to man, but sent him on a mission whereby for at least three days he will experience severe physical discomfort. In fact he will “die”. Again the writer is playing on the emotions of the reader by emphasizing the degree of suffering experienced by the father knowingly sending his son into harms way. However, the writer seems to downplay the fact that both father and son knows perfectly well beforehand that this suffering would be limited to three days, after which all will be well and the prince would return to the castle. Compare this “suffering” to the daily suffering of millions and millions of people across the globe and you will soon realise the insignificance of god’s so called sacrifice. God/Jesus seems uninterested in the physical suffering of millions of sick and dying kids, yet Jesus’ staged one day on the cross should have us in tears and rolling on the ground begging for forgiveness.
It is obvious that this arrangement required zero risk and sacrifice from both god and Jesus, yet man is made to almost sympathize with an almighty god and stand in awe of his compassion for his herd. Also bear in mind that god chose this avenue for the forgiveness of man’s sins. And only god knows why he chose this procedure as certainly being almighty and that he could have come up with numerous other ideas to rid people of their sins. But again this beautifully illustrates the emotional spell cast on the primitive man to stand in awe of god’s unselfish love for man. Off course this love and sacrifice made by god and his only son is conditional, and by the time the conditions are announced man is already indoctrinated by god’s wonderful act of sending his only son into the lion’s den.
The whole story surrounding Jesus’ journey to earth and his subsequent crucifixion plays out like a badly scripted soap opera. It is emotionally laden and provides no sense or any credibility for an almighty god concerning himself with extremely bizarre activities in order to save a species which he created in the first place. The story of Jesus’ birth, death and subsequent journey to heaven is a fable written by men, for men.