Why the horror of the crucifixion is needed

“In the final analysis, the crucifixion of Christ for the sin of he world reveals that it is not only the victims of oppression and injustice who are in need of God’s deliverance, but also the victimizers. Each of us is capable, under certain circumstances, of being a victimizer…

“Vaclav Havel, president first of Czechoslovakia and then of the Czech Republic, was imprisoned several times for his dissident activities under the Communist regime, the longest stretch being from 1979 to 1983. He wrote extensively about life in the Stalinist galaxy…

“‘The line (between good and evil) did not run clearly between “them” and “us”, but through each person. No one was simply a victim; everyone was in some measure co-responsible— Many people were on both sides.'” — Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

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