Aspects of Christian Doctrine: Jesus bore the sins of the world as a propitiation
This is another fundamental Christian tenet. Jesus was meant to have been offered by God as a propitiatory sacrifice unto Himself so that with His death all our sins were forgiven since these had been carried upon Himself. Jesus was therefore regarded as someone sent from the Divine to take mankind’s sins from them and that this death on the cross achieved this goal.
This tenet developed from the early fathers of the Church and is not to be found in any verse of the Bible. There is not one single verse from Jesus Himself or even from His Apostles that one would find stating that Jesus was offered as a propitiation for the sins of mankind and that His death was meant to take humanity’s sins away.
How did this tenet develop, however? Again as mentioned elsewhere the need to develop a personal cult around the Person of Jesus made it a necessity to develop doctrines which would appear to make it easier for the seeker to attain to the Kingdom of God without much effort. In this way it would be easier to expand the Christian religion since the idea of a vicarious sacrifice would appeal to the majority of mankind.
If all people needed to do was just to believe and not have to make any personal efforts in regard to their faults and weaknesses then a religion promising this easy atonement of sins would be very appealing indeed and would easily and quickly be adopted by most people and this is what happened with the early Church.
The founders, sensing the love of ease of most human beings and seeking to expand the Church in the quickest way possible presented tenets which would appeal to the weaknesses of their intended audience- the common people. A personal cult based on a broad easy road to salvation was proposed which required nothing but attendance at Church and paying indulgences. It worked because the generality of people would love nothing more than this easy road to salvation which however does not exist but only the product of the imagination of those founders of the Church.
Hence the development of this tenet of the propitiation of sins and ransom for sins among other things. Every single Word of Christ rebuts this tenet because as He said “Whatever a man sows that shall he reap..” How was it then possible that Jesus Who had already said this would turn around and carry other people’s sins on His shoulders? How could perhaps His death ransom humanity and take away our sins after He had already uttered these words and also said that a person who follows His Word is like a wise man who built his house on a strong foundation and also when He said that “unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees that shall in no wise enter the Kingdom of Heaven” or when He said that ” Not those who say Lord, Lord but those who do the Will of My Father will enter the Kingdom of Heaven..” and so on.
Every single sentence in His Teaching pointed to the importance of personal efforts in regards to adherence to His Word and it was this personal effort that the founders of the Church wanted to eliminate so as to make their doctrines attractive thereby increasing the number of their adherents but by so doing directly acting against the Will of Jesus and by extension the Will of God.
The death of Jesus as mentioned elsewhere was nothing but a consequence of the hatred and envy of those who felt themselves threatened by Him because He brought an enlightenment that was different from what already existed and as such setting men free from rigidity of outward observances which had no meaning or life. The priests were losing influence and it was this that led to all the slanders and calumnies spread against Him eventuating in the crucifixion.
Mankind then crucified Him as a troublesome Bringer of Truth. How could this act then reconcile us to God? How could this wicked act carried out through men’s free will achieve this? Jesus even called the whole thing a betrayal and said that it would have been better if Judas had not been born. How then could this act reconcile us to God? How could His death be a propitiation if Judas was already condemned by Him?
If His death on the cross was a propitiation then why the upheavals and anger in Nature when He breathed His last? Why the darkness over Golgotha? Why the earthquakes? Surely these events could not be regarded as a reconciliation with the Godhead. They must be regarded as a further separation between mankind and God because through this act of the crucifixion we rejected Jesus as the expected Messiah and the separation between God and man became even greater.
The slanders, calumnies and the crucifixion should be regarded as the crimes that they really were and not glossed over as necessary and as part of the Mission of Jesus. The Mission of Jesus was not of such a low order. His Mission laid in giving the Word of His Father to mankind so that we might continue to have this Word for our Salvation.