The Crucifixation
I usually don't add an explanation with images but since this has had some very strong comments, both positive and negative, here’s a few thoughts, in no particular order:. Read or don't, your choice.


A: It’s possible this image is about the constant fixation on the crucifixion of Christ instead of THE MESSAGE of Christ. The crucifixion was the exclamation mark, to emphasize the importance of the message, it IS NOT the message itself. Christ DID NOT CHOOSE the cross as an instrument of his death and torture, his enemies did. Christ chose to use his life as the message and his life had more to do with fishes and loaves than crosses and death. He died for his beliefs, not for your sins. The method with which it happened is irrelevant, what matters is that he was prepared to do so. Fixating on the “exclamation mark” means you miss the point entirely.

As Bill Hicks said, “A lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. Do you think when Jesus comes back, he's really going to want to see a f***ing cross? Ow! Maybe that's why he hasn't shown up yet...it's like going up to Jackie Onassis wearing a rifle pendant.”

or:

B. The image could be a statement about women's place (not role, a role is chosen, your “place” is decided by others) in the church and organized religion as a whole and how that place conflicts with the reality of life and nature. If woman is the life giver, the carer, the nurturer and “the way” into life, why, in the majority of religions, is she relegated to the “back seat”? A nun is also known as a “bride of Christ”, again, a secondary position to the male role, in this case, Jesus, son of God, who apparently “created man and woman equal”. It is also possible, since we’re speaking in terms of “the sexes”, that the image is also about the sanctimonious view of females held by the church and how this has shaped the hypocritical views of larger society, i.e. a “promiscuous” woman is a whore, slut, etc and deemed “dirty” and “worthless”, whereas the male equivalent is treated exactly the opposite. Speaking of males and sex, the image could also partly be a statement about homosexual relationships and how the church loves to treat homosexuality as a sin but still says very little about the problem of child abuse within the church. Since it’s not for pro-creation, (because let’s face it, there’s hardly a shortage of people on the planet) sex between two consenting adults hurts absolutely no-one, but the same can not be said of child abuse.
It could also be a statement on the bondage, oppression and slavery of women that exists in many parts of the world. Female circumcision is still practised in many countries and involves the removal of the clitoris, an act that serves no purpose other than a loss of pleasurable sensation, makes the sex act agony for the female and, frequently through infection, causes death. It’s meant to stop women being promiscuous, having any sex drive or wanting to leave her partner. Yep, death does all that. While these countries may not necessarily be Christian, it wasn’t that long ago that the Church was burning sexually active woman at the stake as “Witches” and “Heretics”.

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C: it could simply be an obscene, crude and blasphemous image created for no other reason than to upset and shock people by using, subverting and sexualizing a religious symbol and I could well be struck by lightening any moment now by the hand of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

or:

D: It could be pornography meant to titillate . . .

or:

E: All of the above.

The interpretation you choose is entirely up to you but I will say this: If you find this image obscene and disgusting then you must be truly horrified each day by the thousands upon thousands of children that die of starvation and disease in a world with so many resources, so much technology and so much MONEY sitting unused in the vaults of corporations. I can only assume you are the sort of person that campaigns daily for people and companies like Bill Gates / Microsoft, Nike and the Worlds Banks to start giving back in tangible ways to the world from which they constantly take. You must be frequently protesting against ALL countries that still allow Capital Punishment, considering Gods First Commandment is “Thou SHALT NOT KILL” (notice the word used is COMMANDMENT , not “suggestion”, “possibility” or “request”). If this image strikes you as obscene then I can only imagine how thoroughly disgusted you must be by the inhumane and brutal treatment of the poor, the sick and the weaker members of the human race and how you must constantly rail against these injustices in every way possible. I commend your efforts and am humbled to be in your presence. If you are one of these people and you are upset by this image, then I truly apologize to you.

If your not one of these people and you’re still shocked, horrified and outraged by this image . . .

. . . get a grip, it’s just a picture. There’s a real world out there.


cheers


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