What does the image of the wounded Christ hanging from a cross mean to you?
To some it symbolizes the greatest sacrifice. Laying down your life for what you believe. It does. And the churches regularly remind us to focus on this.
There is another perspective that you may not have considered and I think it may explain a few things that don’t add up about Christianity and it’s followers. Having grown up in the Catholic religion the imagery never really sunk in for me until recently. I thought nothing of it because it was an image that was always around. Perhaps you are desensitized to it also.
Imagine that one day visitors from another world appear before you. They are strangers. They look different to anyone you have ever seen. They want to communicate with you. And they are holding up models and banners depicting a dead human hanging from his hands.
How do you feel about this? I would feel intimidated. Imagine how the indigenous peoples of the world would have felt seeing Christian colonizers arriving with this imagery. These strange men covering their bodies with material, their hair cut short, their faces hairless and carrying a image of a naked, long-haired, bearded man nailed to a cross.
This gives us an insight into the true function of the image. It is a tool of intimidation. It is a example of what the Powers That Be will do to rebels. This will happen to you if you defy them. If you do not submit to their authority they will publicly humiliate, torture and kill you. It’s an amazing phenomenon. You end up with a church full of people focusing on one man that they will never be like. From an outward appearance to inner attitudes and actions. The human mind is naturally repelled by this image to not do anything that the man represents because of one simple fact. The man is dead and our natural instinct is to survive.
We can agree with the teachings all we want but that image, and the association we have of the stories of Jesus, go against our physical reaction to avoid it because it leads to death. If the time came to choose we would abandon the teachings of Jesus to avoid death.
That is why the people in the congregations will live their lives avoiding standing out from the crowd, they will never stand up to the bullying establishment and they will always do exactly what they are told by them.
Because of the image of the dead man as an example of what happens to rebels.
The use of death to control others is the m’dyk (magic) known as Necromancy.
Now that you know what it is you are released from its control. You will recognize it and be disgusted and pity those who are still in the trap.
Peace and Joy to you.