The Pornographic Cross

Is the crucifixion pornographic? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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According to the Reverend Kay Campbell, the Passion of Jesus Christ on the cross is a kind of pornography and may even teach Christians that violence is okay.

“I can’t help but fear that Christians who interpret Christ’s torture as an instrument of salvation can imbibe with that inspiration a kind of theological justification for cruelty,” she writes on the website, “Red Letter Christians.” She suggests that Christ’s death as God’s way of paying for our sins is “weirdly pagan” and that Christians who think this way are more likely to support torture.

But as one commentator pointed out, if merely remembering and depicting violence against innocents breeds more violence, we’d better shut down our Holocaust museums and avoid most historical movies. And, we’d have to trade in real Christianity for what H. Richard Neihbuhr described as: "A God without wrath bringing men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross."

It may be tough to see, but the cross is what God offers. Take it or leave it. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

Pornographic Easter?
Barton Gingerich | Institute on Religion and Democracy | April 16, 2012

H. Richard Niebuhr: An Introduction
Arthur Paul Patterson | Watershed Online


Porn? She needs to meet Webster
The idea that someone of intellect would call a depiction of the death of Jesus Christ pornography proves she needs a dictionary or if she spoke her true mind... needs serious help if she sees a vision of sexuality anywhere in what she says/sees as violence. I could understand a view point of sadistic but porn?

We must teach people that Jesus was not overtaken by a mob and murdered... He gave up His life willingly for us.John 10:18 The life/death of our Messiah was preplanned before the foundations of the world 1Peter 1:20: it was His choice not man's to die in such a horrible way to rise in such glory and love. God has proven many times shock and awe works. Why her heart chose the word porn disturbs me more than her opinion?

noun /pôrˈnägrəfē/
1.Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings
Could he then be so nice as to change religions and not steal clerical pay from the Faithful?