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Take Jesus Down From The Cross - On A Morbid Christianity

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Take Jesus Down From The Cross - On A Morbid Christianity

He's been hanging for two thousand years already. Its time to take Jesus down from the cross, put him in a chair or a chaise lounge in a nice relaxed position, give him some decent clothes, put a smile on his face, and pretend he's happy. Isn't that the way you would want to be presented after your death?
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And as for the old tale, he didn't die for your sins, he died because he pissed off the money changer temple priests and the Roman governor - something all too few Christians seem to manage today.

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In any case, this new Jesus symbol idea is always brought home to me when I attend our hometown symphony concerts at a local Catholic church - one blessed with a large auditorium fit for music. Unfortunately, hanging over the symphony members is a huge statue of Christ on the Cross, sad-faced, bleeding and near death. You almost want to jump up and apply a tourniquet.

Having to face a dying Jesus while listening to Mozart or Chopin is not my idea of the total positive concert experience. Indeed, the juxtaposition is clearly disturbing. Only a pathetic dirge would fit in that atmosphere.

So, clearly, Christianity needs a new symbol, a better representation of Jesus, one in his good days. Picture a happy blessed man spreading good cheer and working his magic, helping to spread bliss, not sorrow.

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Wonder why the pews are increasingly empty these days? Well, maybe its because of the morbid symbol of Jesus on the cross - forever on the cross it seems. Suffering, endless suffering. Who needs it?

Can the church let Jesus down from the cross? Can they give him a new appearance, a new life? Can he be re-born in his own temple?

I hope Christians get the message and give Jesus a chance... to be a happy-faced Buddha, spreading good cheer and lightening our moods. Who knows, Church might become a different place with a happy Jesus?


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