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The 'collective will' leaves no room for nuance, alternative interpretation, or intervention. But, some
things are
always wrong.  We knew it then...We still know it today.
The individual nailed to a plank may verbalize forgiveness but this does not mean absolution and
escape from consequence.  Violence of any form is never in proximity to virtue.  
If Jesus Christ was not a  'Christian', what were his guiding principles?  In response to this
proposition many would likely respond... "The principles of God, dammit!".  Okay then, what are
the pinciples of God and, what do these things look like in conversion to action?  And,
say
again- why was it necessary for Christ suffer a violent death?
A sanctioned murder converts a doctrine to self-serving dogma very nicely.  Christianity before it
was Christianity would have been bad for business.  A violent death peddled as something other
then applied evil then becomes the backdrop of reference for countless applications with no
fixed moral position required.
In the end there may be little distinction between premeditated murder and the sanctioned
execution of a convicted criminal.  At the least, Jesus was executed, in horribly barbaric fashion,
for things he had said and for petty offenses causing harm to no one.
They know not what they do?

Among the devout there is the notion of human fallibility, sin, and conferred guilt.  There is also the
claim of absolution gained through Jesus Christ.  There is evidence of substance to both in the
sense that a 'salvation'  applicable to humanity arrives relevant when it becomes realized that willful
violence has no context for justification.
If a penis becomes erect in the witness/infliction of a slow and torturous death, this individual
instinctively knows he is not the only one indulging the darkest of human instincts.  Meanwhile he is
also correct in the knowing that individual accountability is diluted by those present in the moment
and, by a collective will understood to provide harbor to anonymity- past, present, and forward.  
In beholding the individual Jesus would have likely regarded all humans as both equal and
sovereign.   If truly possessing transcendent knowledge/virtue, his understanding could have
been nothing other.  In the midst of tyrannical injustice all about, Christ would likely have
perceived the ruling elite as making mockery of greater humanity.  
If one loyalty to principle first it was likely innate awareness and deep moral convictions
compelling Christ to speak and act in ways consistent to justice...Not a desire to start a new
religion.  It seems very unlikely that Christ would have ever
referred to himself as a
'Christian'
The metaphor of the return of Jesus Christ becomes more then a metaphor upon the moment any
individual recognizes the indignity of torture and adopts a conviction to pursue any non-violent
measure to prevent the recurrence of any form.
elegant
maligned

Christianity before it was Christianity would have been...

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