Traditionally understood as atonement for the sins of mankind, the crucified Jesus invites us, rather, to see and feel an all-encompassing embrace of Divine Love.
The Western or Latin Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Protestant churches, have tended to accentuate legalistic reparation theologies to explain the Christian narrative. Presented as a “repairman” for what our original ancestors had distorted in God’s divine plan, much of the traditional Christian story explains that Jesus was born to “pay the debt” for human transgression. According to the Western narrative, the crucifix shows us a tortured human Jesus bleeding and hanging on the cross being punished on our behalf for violating God’s law; however, are we truly content with this image of a punishing Father God?
What would it look like to discover and articulate a new and far more relevant Christian narrative beyond that of the traditional or the tribal?