One of the loveliest traits of ardent Jebus lovers who go to extreme lengths to emulate their long-haired, gay-looking son of God superstar is perhaps the "What would Jebus Do" dogma: Jebus, it seems, is heralded as the penultimate Man-cum-God, and anything he ever did, from cursing fig trees to sporting a long mane and beard, can be gleaned and copied by the pious Jebus lover as an ultimate expression of their love for the God-Man dichotomy-cum-deity, who supposedly died on the cross two thousand years back as penance for humanity's blood debt, i.e The Original Sin.
Yet, some folks go beyond mere appearance: In their over-zealousness to feel the "pain" of their Lord's suffering, the more masochistic folks take it upon themselves to practice a mass orgy of gore, blood and pain: Indeed, self-flagellation by pious Christians have been practiced for centuries, not to mention their zest in tormenting pagans and other religious heretics. In a bid to purge their sins, which these ignorant buffoons thought was manifested in the form of the plague and other incurable diseases in the Dark Ages, Christians often took to all manner of tortures, such the bloodletting acts of self flagellation & other more extreme forms of self-immolation, such as impaling themselves to the cross to emulate their Man-God, Jebus. Pain, it seems, is a two-way street: Inflict pain on thyself, and enjoy the pure, unadulterated pleasure of inflicting pain on others.
Even in the 21st century, some jolly good Christians never fail to remind us of Christianity's almost fervent fixation with torture, blood-letting and a dash of Marquis de Sade's favorite theme: Sado-mashochism.
| By Frances Harrison |
Religious affairs reporter, BBC News
They have urged them to get tetanus vaccinations before they flagellate themselves and are nailed to crosses, and to practise good hygiene.
On Good Friday dozens of very devout Catholics in the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
It is something that has become a huge tourist attraction, although the Church frowns on the practice.
The health department has strongly advised penitents to check the condition of the whips they plan to use to lash their backs, the Manila Times newspaper reports.
They want people to have what they call "well-maintained" whips.
In the hot and dusty atmosphere, officials warn, using unhygienic whips to make deep cuts in the body could lead to tetanus and other infections.
And they advise that the nails used to fix people to crosses must be properly disinfected first. Often people soak the nails in alcohol throughout the year.
Every Good Friday, in towns across the Philippines, people atone for sins or give thanks for an answered prayer by re-enacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
In the northern city of San Fernando alone there will be three separate improvised Golgothas - the biblical name for the hill where Jesus was crucified.
Four people there have pledged to have their feet and hands nailed to wooden crosses, while others will flog themselves while walking barefoot through villages.
Sometimes people repeat the penance year after year, like the fish vendor who will be nailed to the cross for the 15th and last time on Friday to give thanks for his mother's recovery from tuberculosis.
With long hair and a beard, wearing sandals and a crown of thorns, he is tied with cloth to the cross but also has nails driven through the flesh of his hands and feet, avoiding the bones.
Apparently, the health officials have all but given up on these folks: Sure, whip yourselves up to a bleeding frenzy, but please sanitize your torture equipments before applying them to your flesh, lest the infections that might set in your wounds would poison you, if you aren't already drained of blood after the crucification-cum flagellation orgy.
How anyone can go through such elaborate ceremonies of unparalleled pain and unnecessary danger is beyond me, or any other rational person for the matter.........but for the fish vendor to actually nail his ass 15 times to the cross is........well.......pardon the pun....... a real pain in the ass.
If there is anything else we can learn from this blood-letting episode, it is that Christianity is a blood-thirsty religion, constantly demanding blood sacrifices from its devotees as well as their God-Son deity. It is also a deadly reminder of the extremes which only religion has the power to inflict on the hapless masses, by removing logic, reason and rationality from their minds, rendering them hapless to all manner of trickery and non-sensible acts of a stupid, cruel piety.
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity."
- John Adams, 2nd President of The United States of America