Oxymoron That Saved The World
Oxymoron That Saved The World
By: Danny Wallace
Religion is designed to focus the people’s attention and energy on pleasing an unchanging, uncompromising, and invisible supreme being who allegedly, created an inferior human race just for some extra companionship and love for Himself. Then, this great being supposedly foisted a set of oppressive, and in some cases, “arbitrary” rules on them, which if broken, would be met with unimaginable pain and punishment.
This view of God keeps the followers of organized religion in a continuing state of fear and compliance. They are afraid to question the intentions of this invisible being, and they are afraid of even expressing their own individuality in many cases, for fear of judgment and condemnations from its leaders. Most Christians and others are taught that they have virtually no power to do anything except pray, “pay,” worship, and do good deeds.
People are taught to practice self-denial and told that their own will is totally irrelevant. Religious followers believe that they are yielding their will over to a benevolent, cosmic individual who demands their servitude, when in fact, in this type of religious surrender they are handing over their will and freedoms to hidden groups of religious elites for the elites own personal gains. This is the heart and core of religion. Religion knows nothing of Grace.
With that having been said, God was banking everything on the predictable agenda of religion when He brought forth a plan to save the world. Think about it. Government wanted nothing to do with extinguishing the life of Jesus. Pilate washed his hands of the entire fiasco. The sinful multitudes would never slay the perfect sacrifice. They adored Him!
Who does that leave to slay the Lamb of God that would wash away ALL sin? Only religion is so evil, vile, and self-righteous. God knew that the machine of religion would never let Jesus walk away alive. Granted, it took the corrupt agenda of the religious elite forever to concoct a plan they could justify and live with according to their version of Law, but they finally perfected the plan. After all, they couldn’t just ambush Jesus and murder Him in the dark of night. That would be a direct violation of religious Law by committing murder, and they certainly could have no part in that.
So they devised a plan to declare the Son of God “unworthy.” He was pronounced, “common,” and unrecognized by religious authority. They said He performed miracles by the power of Lucifer, and that He violated religious Law by healing the sick, and feeding hungry people on the Sabbath. Such petty and ridiculous accusations were more than enough to justify dragging Jesus before the highest court in the land for judgment and sentencing. Nothing has changed. Such trifling stupidity remains more than enough to continue in the same today.
At best religion is a prison, and at its worst it is a “walking death” unlike any Stephen King could ever conceive. Whether it is fundamentally acceptable and mild on the low end of the scale, or ridiculously unacceptable and bizarre on the extreme end of the scale – religion is a death sentence for all but the gatekeepers. They built it – they own it – and they flourish at will under rules they have set, while their captives perish as slaves, never understanding they could have walked away at any time.
When God planned, and depended on the damnable heart of religion to slay His Son so that “by His perfect blood” He could save the entire world, God introduced the greatest irony ever known to man. It has not precedent, and no future superior. It is the oxymoron that saved the world.