Gibson's Passion, Suffering, and the Dogma of the Redemption
- Well, my good people, we can conclude from all the reviews of "The
Passion of the Christ" that we've read here and elsewhere that the
film is one more sorry example of the "Satisfaction Theory:" Christ
must suffer to assuage the wrath of the Father against the human race,
which dared insult the Divine Majesty. This film is one with all the
Late Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque crucifixes and paintings awash
with blood and gore--disgusting and perverted. I'll skip the show,
thank you very much!
I was intrigued by BahCal's linking of Gibson's "Passion" with
totalitarian ideology: crush Man, make him grovel! Yes, the Orwellian
dystopia, Stalinism and other Communist tyrannies, and Nazism know
this well. Alas, they learned it from Western Christianity and the
Inquisition. "Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor
wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond
(this, truly, diabolical) is established between you and him." --From
"The Name of the Rose."
So much for the "lust for pain." Let's not forget that Metropolitan
Anthony, in his book "The Dogma of the Redemption," declared that our
Savior's spiritual sufferings far outweighed the physical.
Specifically, he agonized over our fall and the depths to which we had
all sunk and prepared to storm Hades to free the righteous from the
jaws of death. But in order to do so, he consented to be betrayed and
put to death by his own people. In Gesthemane, he grieved for their
sin; that was the cup he wanted to pass from him. But, as
Metropolitan Anthony says, he endured this spiritual passion out of
co-suffering love for us. This is the true passion--not the perverted
imaginings of the West.
In Christ, Margaret Jerinic