Q: If Jesus was without sin, then why was He baptized by John the Baptist? I thought baptism was a sign of repentance and our faith, but Jesus didn’t need to repent, did He? — S.C.T.
A: This is another example of the muddled logic and plot of the bible. It is possible to view this as an inconsistency: Jesus did not need to repent, but did anyway. On the other hand, many Christians would say that Jesus took the burden of all of mankind’s sins onto himself, and was repenting for these. The latter is also hard to accept. Why did the Christian god need to introduce the Jesus character to forgive sins? According the to powers attributed to it in the bible, it could have done this with a thought. There are more questions to ask here. Why did god create man with the ability to sin? What did god create the evil that allows man to sin against it? It could have forgone the Jesus sacrifice and the need to forgive sins by not creating evil and sin in the first place. These types of stories appear in many religious texts (not only the Christian ones) as an attempt to rationalize mankind’s capability to harm others with some god’s perfection and infinite power. However, the simplest and most rational way to resolve this issue is to realize that none of these gods exist and that there is no “higher power” that we must obey.
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