A common example of ego irrationality involves the Christian faith in which the notion of torturing one’s son is somehow a good thing, as in the crucifixion of Jesus. It is beyond preposterous that anyone should want to believe that a loving God (father to some) would find it necessary to have his son tortured on a cross as a means of forgiving mankind for its sins. To highlight the ridiculousness of such a concept, let’s give it a more contemporary setting. This will demonstrate how context makes all the difference in the world. In other words, for the impossibly ridiculous to be accepted, it must be insulated by time, distance, and tradition.

Suppose a seemingly nice, single father moves into a typical middle-class, Christian neighborhood. Early one bright and sunny Saturday morning, folks in the neighborhood are startled to hear horrible screams coming from the front yard of their new neighbor. Many rush out of their homes, heading for the sound of agony to witness the father nailing his son to a cross. They yell at the father, “What in heaven’s name are you doing?”

“Why, I’m sacrificing my son to save your children from their sins,” the father calmly replies. Some of the neighbors immediately jump upon the father, while others rush to rescue the blood-soaked youth from his deadly predicament. Another frantically dials 911 to summon the police and paramedics.

There is no doubt whatsoever in the minds of these good Christian folks that this new neighbor is a sadistic maniac. But the next morning, they routinely trot off to church to praise their loving God for having sadistically sacrificed his only begotten son so they may have everlasting life. Is there a disconnection here? To quote the famous atheist Richard Dawkins, “It’s a horrible idea that God, this paragon of wisdom, couldn’t think of a better way to forgive us our sins than to come down to earth in his alter ego as his son and have himself hideously tortured and executed so that he could forgive himself.”

This has been an excerpt take from Mr. Ridgway’s highly controversial book, A Quick Look at the Essence of Man and His Universe.

God in the flesh on earth.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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