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Is worshiping a torture implement - the Christian cross- desensitizes ?

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Initial post: Sep 18, 2009, 11:21:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2009, 3:35:09 PM PDT
Mammal says:
Is worshiping a torture implement - the Christian cross- desensitizes people ? Makes them more likely to accept of torture ?

I've read that fundamentalist Christian are much more likely to be approving of torture. And non-religious are much less likely to. Is it because they think if Jesus, the "innocent lamb", suffered greatly on a cross, than why can't some sinful, Muslim heretic take some pain ?

The whole infatuation of many Christians with Jesus suffering on the cross, as depicted in "Passion of the Christ", must be detrimental to their ethical compass.

While liberal Christians who focus on Jesus' message of love may ask "Who would Jesus torture?", conservative Christians who focus on the original sin might ask "Who would Satan torture [in the eternal hell fire]?".

And considering that Muslims (as just about any non-fundamentalist Christian), terrorist or not, are prime candidates, than why not torture them, if that can at least theoretically spare some good Christian lifes? And what is a few days, weeks or even months of torture compared with the entire eternity of hell fire ? Heck, it's just a warm up !

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2009, 6:26:59 AM PDT
Poe Boy says:
Right from the start you are off base in your thought process. Christians do not worship the cross at all, they worship Jesus and God. The cross is simply a reminder of what was done so that eternal life could be granted to all who believe and follow Jesus. He is the focus of the church and the Christian life, all that He did is the focus of Christians, not just the day He was hung on the cross.

You are the one focused exclusively on the cross when it comes to Christian life, the average Christian delves much deeper into the whole message. What Jesus said over rides what the Romans did in the minds of Christians, we look to His example, how He lived, as our ethical compass. There once was a strong reminder of how we should live and behave that went by the term What Would Jesus Do, not what would the Romans do.

I think that Christians are more likely to be compassionate towards others and less accepting of torture than non-religious people due in part to the same general standard that all true Christians share. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is a huge guideline and is very important in the Christian life. Non-religious people do not have a shared standard guideline for their lives, so their concern for their fellow humans can range from very important to non-existent.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 19, 2010, 9:03:35 AM PST
J. C. Koval says:
Christians do not worship the cross. We worship Jesus Christ. The cross is a reminder of what He did for all of us. Even those who misunderstand and even hate Him and us.
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