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On God's Love

by Teofilo Contreras

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Dano, a waste of power does not imply a sacrifice of love.

Whenever I read that god must love us immensely because he sent his only son to die for us, I wonder immensely myself. Where is the merit of god sending a son to die if he is god? An all powerful god can make himself a dozen new sons or resurrect the only one (as he supposedly did).

All powerfulness is the end of the super hero. All fiction about super heroes eventually becomes ridiculous. Nothing of human scale is a sufficient challenge for a super being. All fiction about Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. is, in a way, self destructive. The super hero is a bore if the challenge placed before him is not worthy; there has to be kriptonite, extra terrestrials and Godzilla monsters in order to have some sort of interesting suspense for the audience. That's why this sort of fiction usually falls into the ridiculous and it takes a real genius to make it interesting.

God is the extreme super hero. There can be no worthy challenge for him, therefore his story must also become ridiculous. Trinity is a sure sign that the tale is out of control. God, being all powerful, could not send himself to visit Judea 2000 years ago and face the wrath of the Jews and the Romans, because the story would automatically become a farce, a fraud, a make-beleive. Then a son must be introduced, a human son or the simulation would be the same. The Jews were monotheistic, so a father and a son must be parts of the same god, in order not to contradict this monotheism. Where the holy spirit comes into play and how it helps the story is beyond me, perhaps just a way to confuse us all. Later on, satan enters the stage. I told you, this kind of story becomes ridiculous, remember all the devils and monsters in the middle ages? Literary value aside, there it is: either Jesus was a divine puppet or a god himself. In either case I fail to see where is the great sacrifice.

Other questions that surround the statement of god's love that prompted me to write these paragraphs: Was the son of god aware that he was to be resuscitated after three days? If he wasn't, how come he is part of the same all powerful tripartite god? If he was, doesn't that make him more like a performer and less like a real victim of our sins? If one of the three parts of god is send to earth with a "temporal suspension of powers", as a part of a master plan to save our souls, does that really count as a sacrifice? If Jesus was only human (for those who do not believe in trinity) how was his torture and murder different from the martyrdom of other saints? Why does the destruction of Jesus' flesh and blood serve to purge our sins, while the torture and murder of millions of human beings, under other circumstances, seems to have no relation to sins or salvation? Were those not sons of god too?