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How the Cross Broke the Law

How the Cross Broke the Law

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We Christians like to celebrate Jesus as “the Lamb who took away the sins of the world.”  Yahweh presents Jesus’ death on a cross to us as an act which atoned for the sins of the entire world.  In other words, Jesus was the ultimate sin offering.

Now under Yahweh’s Old Covenant, there were different types of offerings.  Each offering had specific rules and regulations attached to it.  If these rules were not strictly adhered to, the whole offering was considered null and void. Let’s look at some of Yahweh’s requirements for a sin offering.

1. Only consecrated Levite priests could process sin offerings.

Now Yahweh says Jesus was the ultimate sin offering.  Who processed Him?  Pagan Romans.  Hm.  This is a complete violation of Yahweh’s Laws.

2. Sin offerings had to be without blemish.

Yahweh wouldn’t accept the dregs of your flock.  The animal you brought to Him had to be perfect at the time that it was killed–unmarred and without any visible injuries.  By the time Jesus was killed, He had been grossly mutilated by whips and a crown of thorns.  He was a bleeding, staggering mess who was so weak that He couldn’t even carry His own cross.  This was another direct violation of Yahweh’s Laws.

3. Sin offerings had to be burnt offerings.

According to Yahweh’s Law, a sin offering was supposed to be a burnt offering. Yet although Jesus is labeled as the ultimate sin offering, He was never touched by flames. Instead He died very prematurely on a cross. Normally, crucifixion victims died a very slow and agonizing death, as their hanging position prevented them from being able to breathe without excruciating pain. Crosses were carefully designed with very sadistic intentions in mind. They were primarily instruments of torture, with death being an inescapable end after a man finally succumbed to agony and suffocated to death. Crucifixion doesn’t come within a million miles of a burnt offering.

Adding to the irony of this situation is the fact that Yahweh played dual roles as both the presenter and receiver of the sin offering.  A high priest could present offerings to Yahweh on behalf of himself, but regular people were forbidden to do so.  ALL sacrifices had to go through the hands of consecrated Jewish priests.

Today we like to say Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for sins.  We say this because that’s how Yahweh presents Jesus to us.  But according to His Old Covenant Laws, Yahweh also says that nothing about Jesus’ offering qualifies as a legitimate sin offering.  All of this doubletalk leads us to a very important point about the way our Gods operate: They do whatever They want.  If They invent rules for us, They certainly feel no need to abide by those rules Themselves.  While He was on earth, Jesus broke many of Yahweh’s Old Covenant Laws.  To break Yahweh’s Laws was to sin, so when we say “Jesus never sinned” we’re being ridiculous.  Jesus DID sin–but because He is God, He gets to say that His sins don’t count.  It’s the same with a lot of things that God does.  If you kill someone out of anger, God calls it murder and says you are guilty of sin.  But if God kills someone out of anger, He calls it a righteous act.  Our Gods live above Their own Laws.  Many people take issue with this.  They think God is being a hypocrite when He says we’re wrong to do things that He does all the time.  Well, yes, He is being a hypocrite–sort of.  But then again, God never said that His Laws applied to Himself.  And even if He did, He’s God, and He gets to change His mind whenever He wants to.

It’s all fine to recite well-known tenants of the faith, such as “Jesus was the perfect Lamb that took away the sins of the world.”  But if we really want to get close to our Gods, we need to step back and take a look at the bigger picture.  Jesus is only sinless if you throw God’s entire definition of sin out the window.  He’s only the “perfect Lamb” if you totally ignore all the rules of Yahweh’s sacrificial system–the very system which supposedly dictated the need for Jesus to die for us in the first place.  In reality, our Gods have never needed sacrifices in order to atone for sins.  They don’t need the help of earthly props and rituals before They can forgive.  They forgive whoever They want to forgive, and before forgiving anyone, They demand that we conform to certain rules.  Under the New Covenant, we must reverentially submit to Jesus as the One who atoned for our sins–not because it makes biblical or theological sense, but because that’s what our Creators demand.  Tomorrow They could throw out this Covenant altogether and introduce a new one with a whole new set of demands that we find utterly nonsensical.  We don’t get the luxury of telling our Gods what They can and can’t do.  We are not Their judges.  We either conform to Their current program or we go to Hell–it’s as simple as that.

Examining how many ways the cross broke Yahweh’s Laws teaches us very important lessons about the sovereignty of our Lords.  They are accountable to no one.  We are accountable to Them.  We can’t afford to let our logical understanding of Them dictate our level of submission to Them or we will end up in a mess.  We must stay fluid and remember our place as created beings who do not get to tell our Creators what They can and can’t do. Our Gods like variety, and during the brief time that this earth has been in existence, They’ve changed up Their rules several times. Yet in every period—before and after the Law, and before and after the cross—They have always made it possible for all souls to be in a right relationship with Them. Will They spring some new set of rules on us in the future? No one can say. With God, we must learn to expect the unexpected.

FURTHER READING:
Why God Doesn’t Obey His Own Laws
Present Convictions vs. Past Commands
Untaught Lessons of the Cross: Facing the Dark Side of God

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