Okay, now, onto The Passion of Christ; Cate finished downloading it the other day, so we'll watch it at _some_ point, preferabbly followed by The Life of Brian and Jesus Christ : Vampire Hunter, two of _my_ favorite religious films. But I want to look at The Passion, and think about what this says about modern Christians. You see, modern Christianity is over-obssessed with Christ's _death_. From the plethora of Crucifixes (Crucifi?) depicting the beaten down, trashed, and bloody savior looking... looking rather upset for having just been nailed to a tree, or equally often, not showing any emotion, to things like The Passion- people concentrate on Christ's death.
Oh, the sacrifice he made for us. He died for our sins dontcha know. He was nailed to a tree, and isn't that miserable?
Historically, the free thinking iconoclasts and heretics get horrible things done to them, like be nailed to trees, poisoned, tortured- the lucky ones get exiled and die of some strange disease. People who start creating new religions or claiming to be the savior of mankind end up in the Weekly World News, or sent to Utah because nobody else wants it. The fact that Christ died, from a historical perspective is predictable, and fairly uninteresting. He got the shit beat out of him because he had a Cause. He had a purpose.
Fine! Let's concentrate on that _purpose_. I mean... _come on_ people, there are alot more interesting things that Christ said or did that are more interesting than him getting nailed to a tree. I'll grant that no treatment of Christian Theology is complete without going into grisly tree decorations (Mommy, why do we put ornaments on Christmas trees? Well honey, Jesus was the first Christmas Tree ornament. They nailed him to a pine tree you see) but no treatment of Christian Theology is complete if that's _all_ you're focussing on. "Jesus Died for Your Sins"- lemme tell you something- nobody cares. "Jesus hung out with the ho's 'cause he was a bad ass mo'fo' who knew his shit, and wasn't afraid to let it all hang out. He got his ass nailed for the Truth!" That's a little more interesting.
Speaking of strange focuses in Christian Theology- ::facepalm:: Well fuck, the whole quoting Leviticus to support the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We're looking at a book that also lists eating shellfish and other kosher laws, and mandates that women have to be quarantined during their periods. Now, none of _those_ laws are important for some reason. Jesus came to free us from the law- but not all of them. Just the ones that are inconvienent.
People, remember this. You misquoting-misrepresenting pigfuckers can disagree all you want, but Christ was an _anarchist_. He said the law was full of crap, and the only way out was to follow his example- not follow his exact steps or words- follow his example. "Guys, chill out. You're smart enough to know right from wrong without a list of it. Relax, use your head, and when in doubt, do as I do man. And always toke-toke-pass. Don't bogart the reefer."