The Foolishness of the Cross


The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work. As God says in the Scriptures, “I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be wise. I will confuse those who think they know so much.” What happened to those wise people? What happened to those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who think they have all the answers? Didn’t God show that the wisdom of this world is foolish? God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him. Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach. Jews ask for miracles, and Greeks want something that sounds wise. But we preach that Christ was nailed to a cross. Most Jews have problems with this, and most Gentiles think it is foolish. (1Co 1:18-23)

It does not make sense to people that they need to be saved. That they could be seen as evil or wicked as that image is not what they see. Those who are not saved do not see a need for a savior as they are not worse than the person next to them. Often, they are no worse than the people in the Church who are telling them they need to be saved. When trying to share the Gospel, you have to talk to them in a language that they will understand and address areas that they consider true.

We reach out to those who are hurt and are lost. Those who are longing and want to be loved. Why did Jesus love the people before he told them to stop sinning? Show people God before you tell people about God. Then, the message has a better chance of being received.

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3 responses to “The Foolishness of the Cross

  1. The message of the cross assumed by christians is incoherent. It is incoherent because it refers back to a myth for its christian meaning; in other words, jesus dies for a metaphor.

    Christians can think themselves perceptive with this reading that jumbles supposed fact with obvious mythological fiction to create a story of salvation, but that’s all it can be: a story. To assume the story is true in reality is an assumption that hardly translates into being ‘found’; clearly, it translates into muddled thinking that attempts and fails to rationalize a fictional cause with supposedly factual effect, requiring ‘faith’ to assume it is true and holding that faith to be a virtue not on the merit of its reasons but on their absence. In any other area of life, such a ‘virtue’ is rejected outright and quite properly so when reality is allowed to arbitrate what is true on not what people simply believe is true. You don’t even see the irony of assuming the jesus story is true in reality while rejecting reality as an arbiter!

    Only by suspending the constraints of reality can christian faith survive in it’s own little unrealistic realm of belief… which would be fine if you folk would keep your beliefs there and outside of the reality I inhabit. But you just can’t do it, can you? You have to pretend that those who do not share your suspension of reason and reality are somehow ‘lost’ and you’re going to rescue us… from ourselves while imposing your beliefs as if they were a ‘deeper’ reality. They’re not. They’re just ludicrousness taken to the level of , “No, seriously!”.

    And when we resist your ‘charms’ you attribute our reluctance as some kind of fault. It’s not: it’s sane and rational and reasonable. That you think that acting on your religious beliefs is somehow pious and righteous unrestrained as it is by any reality I inhabit means that you have no checks and balances on separating what you believe is real from what to me looks identical in every way to your partaking in delusional thinking. If that’s your definition of found, please allow the rest of us to stay lost and stop pretending that reality and the wisdom that comes from dealing with it honestly and openly with intellectual integrity is somehow a character flaw. What you are pushing in its place is insane.

    As I wrote, the message of the cross is incoherent at its root. Not that you care with your special insight that avoids the twin evils of reason and reality. But you really must leave the rest of us and the world we inhabit well enough alone.

  2. xander

    What is the metaphor that Jesus dies for?

  3. Tildeb, I think a more important story, on some levels, is what Jesus lived for. He lived as the “author and perfecter of faith” He came to be perfect to set humanity straight with an example of perfection. If Christians held tighter to that teaching then the cross would make more sense to. The cross is not the be all end all of Christ. Nor is it the pinnacle of his submission or his servitude to humanity. But it is debatable, so I won’t sweat it.

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