But he also said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
That was again the same mind. I call Jesus’ mind sick.
Because his whole life, whatsoever he was teaching and doing, was just nuts. Only a crackpot can claim to be the only son of God. And then, preaching to people that he is the savior, and whosoever is with him will be saved, and whosoever is not with him will fall into hell – eternal hell…all these things. His behavior: he cursed a fig tree because he and his disciples were hungry and there were no fruits on the fig tree. In fact, it was not the season; it was not the fault of the fig tree, but he cursed the fig tree.
I cannot conceive of this man as sane. And this prayer to God, “Forgive these people because they know not what they are doing,” is again out of that same arrogant, egoistic idea. I don’t think that it is out of compassion. It is the emphasis of Christians for centuries that out of compassion he prayed even for his enemies. But let me repeat his sentence, “Forgive these people because they know not what they are doing.” In fact, it was not an act of compassion; he was still condemning the people that they knew not, and he knew.
But haven’t there been some teachings handed down from Jesus which form the basis of much that is good in civilization today?