What’s The Deal With The New Testament
If I had a nickel each time somebody informed me that Jesus died for my sins, I'd be a very rich sinner.
I'd really hate to say this to Jesus, but I'll tell you: he died for nothing. It was a great move and a noble idea, but the result is far from achieved. To understand that we should explore this story from the beginning.
And the beginning is in Paradise, where the guy named Adam takes a bite of an apple. Truth to be told, it wasn't an apple. It was a fruit from a Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
What is important here is that Adam was not supposed to eat that. That was the only thing he shouldn't taste. Of course, God saw him and, of course, God got angry. That's how the long history of his bad moods begins. He kicked Adam and Eve out of Paradise. And he put an angel with a flaming sword on the door. So they can't reach the fruit from the other tree, the Tree of Life, thus making them mortal. Like that wasn't enough, he made them work for their food and Eve was to suffer giving birth.
Eating that fruit was the original sin. Everybody since were born with it.
The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From Paradise by Francesco Curradi
I find it kinda sick, that worldview where everybody is born with inherited sin, as with some kind of birth-given defect. But billions of people in history took it for granted. And millions still do. It wouldn't be fair to say that that kind of story is judeo-christian exclusivity. Nor to say that it's just a sick mythology. There is much more in it than meets the eye and the story of original sin is not just an empty tale.
Years after kicking Eve and Adam out of Paradise, God made a deal with human kind. Representatives of the later side being Noah, Abraham and Moses. That's the Old Testament. Testament means a contract, a deal, an agreement. Part of that deal made people responsible for what their cousins, neighbours, friends and tribe-mates do. Somebody in the house next to yours do something wrong, the next day the whole village is on fire. Which led to nice and cheerful events like stoning to death or excommunication of whoever was found or even thought guilty of something that might hurt the sensitive moral taste of the all-seeing God.
Centuries later, Jesus came. And died. For our sins. And that's New testament. A new deal of God and his favourite creation. Let's take a bit closer look to it.
Crucifixion by Salvador Dali
The deal was: Jesus dies and pays the debt of the original sin. Before that, each human owned something because of their oldest predecessors. Other part of the deal was getting rid of that group sin thing. From that point on, everybody was on its own. No inherited debts. No debts of the neighbours.
Whatever one think of Bible, christianity and religions, this was a huge step in the evolution of human consciousness. It was a moment when human stepped out of the tribe and became an individual. Remember that when fellow christians (or muslims, they are from the same lineage) try to burn some witches for something they think that God doesn't like. Sadly and ironically enough, those whose mouth are full of Jesus are usually first to throw a stone like there was no New Testament, like we're still in the old, tribal age.
Sorry Jesus, they missed the point. But that's not all.
We're still out of Paradise, still haven't got rid of that original sin, right? One man dying on the cross is not enough for that. If you wanna go back, you'll have to do it on your own. Not to expect somebody else to do the job.