There are no Sacrifices for the Omnipotent: The Jesus Contradiction
A common theme throughout the New Testament scriptures and modern teachings of Christianity is that of “personal sacrifice”. Whether a parable in the bible is teaching the disciples and followers of Jesus how to sacrifice themselves for the Lord, or to live without worldly riches in order to be more like Jesus, self-sacrifice is a common tenet of all sects of Christianity- and many other religions for that matter. The act that comes to mind more than any other, in this sense, is Jesus’ crucifixion- the ultimate act of self-sacrifice that forgave mankind’s sins and makes future flesh donations to God unnecessary.
My question involves the omnipotence and omniscience of God. If we presuppose that Jesus and God are one- as many (but not all) Christians do- then we can also infer that Jesus Christ was omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-benevolent, and the idea of sacrifice is lost. The martyrdom was premeditated on the part of the Creator, and Jesus was resurrected afterward- showing that the act of “death” was not an inconvenience, therefore lacks the sacrificial element that is often praised throughout modern Christianity.
Even for the Christians who believe that Jesus and God are separate entities, the Passion of Christ has proven to be problematic. Most sects of modern Christianity preach that God sent his only begotten son to earth in order to be crucified for man’s sins. Scriptural evidence of this includes a passage from John 10:17, 18: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life…No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down myself…This commandment have I received of my Father.” Because of Jesus’ supposed predestination, God would have had to choose the people who would kill his son, choose the method by which he would be killed (crucifixion), and the time at which the event would occur. Those guilty of killing Jesus would therefore be simply carrying out God’s wishes without the free will to have chosen a path for themselves. The problem with this lies in the fate of the Romans who physically killed Jesus Christ. Simply ask yourself, did these betrayers of Christ go to heaven—or do they now reside in hell? If one is to say that the men guilty of this trespass against the Lord went to heaven, Christianity’s primary tenet would be contradicted: one must first accept Jesus before entrance into heaven. These men clearly did not accept Jesus as a savior. If one is to decide that the men went to hell, it causes another problem with the Christian idea of free will. Because God sent his son to be crucified, he had to have ensured that someone (the Romans) would do it, removing the free will from these men; punishing them to eternal damnation for something that God in fact caused.
John 10:17, 18: “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”