The Bible relates a story of an innocent person, punished for someone else’s transgressions, and ultimately put to death for them. Christians would identify this person, especially today, “Good Friday,” as Christ Jesus, and extol his sacrifice as a supreme demonstration of God’s love for us. But this is not the person about whom I speak. Instead, I refer to another:
After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them. On the seventh day the child died. David’s servants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, we spoke to David but he would not listen to us. How can we tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.” (2 Samuel 12:15-18)
Most people would be morally repelled by the notion of destroying a child for any naughtiness it may have committed. And excepting the insane or the lobotomized, practically everyone would be aghast and outraged that a child would be tortured and destroyed for someone else’s misdeeds. “Barbaric injustice” is probably the phrase that captures the collective sentiment best.
So when this is done to Jesus, “the perfect innocent and son of God,” Christians celebrate it? They tell the world it’s a cause for rejoicing? They use it as part of their sales pitch to join them? Sorry, I cannot subscribe to a moral code that calls this good. Punishing innocent beings for the faults of others is evil in my book. Even if I grant the Christian god exists, he would be no god I could worship out of love.