Saturday, June 19, 2004


Ever since The Passion of The Christ came out, a very un-suprising tizzy of polotics and theology (and some history) followed suite. Many people laid claim to the fact that the movie was anti-semetic, some thought it was brutal and the violence was brutal and not necessary to prove the 'point' (why the catholics/christians insit on the lessons of the pasion, the biblical act, not the movie, is still beyond me. I'll exlplain) of the the movie.

well, before i devulge into my tirade, here's the deal. Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas for some gold, betrayed in such a way that Jesus' secret location was revealed to the high priests, who wanted him for a number of crimes which in the bible, the preists never really say (until they write it in give it to Pilate: it amounts to not letting people to pay tribute to ceasar, and proclaiming to be a king). Jesus is examined by the court of the Sanhedrists(who condemn him to death), Jesus is then taken to the govener of the region, Pontius Pilate in order to carry out the sentance. Pilate objects, saying he wont kill someone if they dont have a trial, so not knowing what to do, Jesus was eventually turned over to herod, the jewish king, who was most likely was in a drunken state and eager to get back to his orgies. Herod said jesus hasnt done anything wrong, made fun of him, put him in a robe, and sent him back to Pontius because Herod had no power of the fate of Jesus. So Pilate, scared shitless, asked the public if they would like jesus crufied and crazy Barabas released, the public all screams yes, "we have no king but ceasar", and there you have it.

Now obviously 'The Passion' is anti-semetic, becuase if anti-semetism involves portraying jews negatively then well, the movies anti-semetic. But thats moot point to argue because you can't really deny the fervor the high-priests had for offing this guy, and really you're only agruing with jew-hating, types who think all jews are like this. but thats not really what i'm upset about, as it involes the same 'no-shit' logic as pointing out how retarded Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton are (well, i guess what i'm arguing involves that same logic, unfortunately). People are allways upset about who killed Jesus, before this movie even came out its been an argument between the religons stemming from the bible, and athiests/agnostics. This argument predates all other slowly fading thelogical arguments featured in ADD format on CNN. The argument streches everywhere: Jews killed Jesus, Romans killed Jesus (they drove the nails through his hands), jews and Romans killed Jesus, only the guys that crucified Jesus killed Jesus, the guy who speared Jesus killed Jesus (of course, he was compelled and spread the good news like a billion other people who still do today). The thing that makes me mad is that no one(spef. christian people who argue about this trivial shit)ever says 'the truth': GOD 'KILLED' JESUS. It's in the damn bible, its even before the new testement:

"The LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6
"The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life " John 10:17

and of course the biggest and most famous:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

In all these arguments people get into about 'who killed jesus', I have allways heard the religous, mostly christian, try to calm people down in arguments by saying something along the lines of: "c'mon, really, Pontius Pilate condemned Jesus to death", I guess I, the agnostic, am one of the few people to both have had a catholic education and payed attention in church enough to know that we should beleive that it was God who pre-determined the fate of his only son. Why is it that very few practicing Christians realize the importance in their own faith of recognizing the fundemental importance of their sins being forgiven by God's giving of his only son. Somehow, the christians, who unlike protestants push the education of the passion as a huge part of their faith, fail to realize it's(God being the one who decided Jesus would die) importance to their faith when arguing a dumb, historicaly and legaly baffeling case of 'who's to blame'. so the next time you see: a christian calming down people by saying it was just the romans, maybe a jewish person saying how it's blamed on their entire people,and an athiest saying 'seriously, Jesus was a jew! how could the jews kill him?' like they're saying something important, tell them what the actual bible says and what christians should beleive, and then go have a funny chat about it with the protestant, who could care less about the argument becuase the fundmental thing in their faith is jesus rising from the dead, which makes more sense then saying the flagship of faith is Jesus' passion...


Blogger Byron said...

NEWSFLASH!!! None of this shit even happened.

6:42 AM  
Blogger John Servo said...

thank you byron, for understanding the fact that i had to make my point in a universe i don't beleive in, as an atheist, you've proved my point.

1:46 PM  
Blogger JMJ said...

wait, santa claus isn't real?

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent point. god killed jesus, end of argument. As a fellow agnostic attending a catholic school it is nice to read such a clear minded aproach to a film that was far too over rated to begin with.


10:08 PM  

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