Posted: Jul 11, 2017 11:07 am
by Matthew Shute
Look at it this way.

You're god, and you have a problem. The people you created with the ability and propensity to think and do things that you disapprove of... keep thinking and doing these things. You've defined such thoughts and deeds as sinning, and you don't like it one bit. This has been going on for tens of thousands of years, and you've stood (or floated or whatever) aghast as countless souls doomed themselves to a hell you've set up for them. You want to forgive them, you really do... but how? As an omnipotent being with the power to do anything you want, you could simply say, "Okay, I forgive all you chaps and chapesses. Please try not to think or do those things in future. Accept me as your saviour, and we're cool." Direct, like! Easy. But what kind of plan would that be? Much too crude. Hmm. How about this? You can impregnate a woman and have yourself incarnated as your own human son. You could give moral guidance and some wise parables to a select few people in the Middle East, and then wait until some of the humans you want to forgive have you killed in a horrible way (in accordance with your divine plan). Then what you can do is bring your son's corpse back to life, to prove something deeply profound about conquering death, before you, as your son, rejoin yourself in heaven. Now, now you can forgive these humans... if they ask nicely and sincerely try to change their ways. Them torturing you/your son to death makes all the difference! I mean, how were you supposed to forgive them before some of them tortured you/your son to death? That would just be mad, unthinkable!

Christian redemption, everyone.