The Blood Of Jesus: Views from the other side
On MysteryOfIniquity’s post “My thoughts on Brian Flemming’s The God Who Wasn’t There,” there is a discussion on the blood of Jesus. Responding to HeIsSailing’s comment:
Remember the hymns “There is Power in the Blood”, and “Have you been Washed in the Blood of the Lamb”? Those were some of our favorites growing up.
Oh, absolutely. And to get even more graphic, how ’bout the ever-popular:
“There is a Fountain Filled With Blood”
“Nothing But The Blood”
“The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power”
“Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed?”
Yeesh. I’m officially weirded out now…
There are many who still find a strange comfort in meditating on the blood Jesus supposedly shed for their sins and sicknesses. I have to admit from this side of the fence, I agree with Karen, it can weird you out. I remember singing the chorus “Oh, the blood of Jesus” and feeling a very powerful connection to what I interpreted as the “anointing.”
On a previous blog on Redemption, I posted the following cartoon:
[Art by Jim Huger from Dead To Rights, a parody of Jack T. Chick’s tract]
For those of you who do not have an understanding of the importance of blood in the Christian faith, here’s a video by Christian singer Carmen which demonstrates the importance of the core concept of Christianity – the blood of Christ:
These are difficult images for a de-converting Christian to watch because they once meant so much. However, the reality is the foundation of Christianity is based on the ancient rituals of a nomadic tribe who ritualistically slaughtered animals and birds to appease their god. If performed today, these practices would be considered barbaric, pagan, and downright evil yet they are revered by the over 2 billion Christians as commands of a loving God. The same God who later demonstrated this love by coming to earth himself and sacrificing himself (to himself) as an atonement for man’s sin.
This whole concept now solicits the following response from me:
– The de-Convert