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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-09-06 07:58 AM
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Seems like Jesus actually committed suicide.
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If Jesus asked Judas to betray him, as this new Judas gospel indicates, doesn't that mean Jesus basically committed suicide?

I have been following the story of the revelation of the Gospel of Judas quite closely. Now, before anyone jumps into the thread here to say, "This is fiction talking about fiction," let me say that I have no interest in getting into a debate over whether Christianity is valid or if the stuff in the Gospels actually happened.

My take on this is sociological. One cannot deny the impact of Christianity on world history, and on our current political climate. I'd argue that Christianity has been perverted by the Taliban wing of the religion; every faith has such a wing, and lately, it seems those wings have come to enjoy frightening prominence. Again, however, this is a debate for another time.

But consider this: according to this newly revealed gospel, Jesus asked Judas to betray him so Jesus could leave the physical realm and return to the spiritual realm. This turns on its head the old convention that Judas was a scumbag betrayer, and that Jesus was murdered. Jesus wanted to die, it seems, and went to a trusted friend to help him find that desired death.

Isn't that suicide by any definition?

If true, what does that say about the Schiavo maniacs and the right-to-lifers? If the Savior chose to opt out of life on his own timetable, and went to a friend to accomplish this, the whole moral geometry of this issue is turned on its head.
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