Jesus Was A Coward When Facing Death

Christian theology tells us that the whole reason Jesus came into the world was to redeem fallen humanity (Jesus himself in Matthew 16: 21 – 23 and especially the Paul letters). He was born from a virgin by the power of God, healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, casted out demons, fed 4,000 / 5,000 people with just a few fish and loafs of bread - all this with his supernatural God given power. Moreover, Jesus even talked with Moses and Elijah on the Mt. of Transfiguration where the Gospels tell us he shone as bright as the sun and where both he and his disciples (Peter, James and John) heard God preach: “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him. (Matt. 17: 5)

The Gospels go out of their way to tell readers that Jesus often rebuked his own disciples, the Jews and even the people in general for their lack of faith: “You men of little faith, . . .” (Matt. 16: 8); ‘He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" (Matt. 8: 26); "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" (Matt. 14: 31); “He replied, "Because you have so little faith.” (Matt. 17:20); and “…will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matt. 6: 30).

Yet when Jesus’ time comes and he must face death (just as he predicted knowing full well it was only temporally: “And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.” (Mark 8: 31); Jesus cowardly faced his own death without any of the faith he had so strongly attacked everyone in the Gospels about.

In fact, we find Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane crying and whining like a spoiled brat . . . praying like hell that he could get out of his theological situation! (And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You! Remove this cup from Me!” (Mark 14: 36))

While apologists argue that Jesus was God incarnate; now these same Christian apologists must argue that Jesus and God are not one as God had to abandoned Jesus during the Passion in order explain why Jesus is now a faithless coward!

So why was Jesus such a scared coward when we consider the noble death of Socrates? Why was Jesus such a coward in the face of death compared to the death of Stephan in Acts 7: 54 – 60 or any of the future Christian martyrs (Both those discussed by Eusebius or in Foxes Book of Martyrs)? Why was Jesus such a coward not facing death eagerly as we find with other Jews in both Joeseph and in the Books of Maccabees?

In Conclusion:
Despite the ploy of apologetic theology, the Gospels have given the Christian world a whining and crying cowardly Jesus whose final words on the cross was to blame God for all his cowardly problems in dealing with death.

In the final analysis, the Bible present us - not with a Jesus whose mental state and actions would have won him a Congressional Metal of Honor, but a cowardly Jesus. A Jesus (despite all his recorded supernatural powers and preaching to everyone on God’s never ending faith) who would likely have been shot for desertion!

Harry McCall