Satan repeatedly lashes out to destroy the bloodline that will bring Salvation. Not only does he try to prevent this Salvation by enslaving and eliminating the bloodline, he also begins creating his own false bloodline through the tribe of Dan. This bloodline will be used in the last days, to raise a false Messiah.
From all this it is clear that the self-styled 'Princes of the Church' who presided over the trials by Inquisition must have been among the most sadistic men that ever lived. For a present-day comparison and a relatively mild comparison - we may look to the mullahs of Bangladesh and Pakistan who seem to delight in administering sixty, eighty or a hundred lashes to teenage girls by accusing them of imaginary crimes against which there is no defense. There is something about fanaticism in the name of God that brings out the most sadistic impulses.
Caillard, on Man in the Light of Evolution, in Contemp. Rev., Dec. 1893 878 Man is nature risen into the consciousness of its relationship to the divine. There is no receding from this point. When that which drew from out the boundless deep turns again home, the persistence of each personal life is necessitated. Human life as it is, includes though it transcends the lower forms through which it has developed. Human life as it will be, must include though it may transcend its present manifestation, viz., personality. Sometime, when all life s lessons have been learned, And suns and stars forevermore have set, And things which our weak judgments here have spurned, The things o er which we grieved with lashes wet, Will flash before us through our life s dark night, As stars shine most in deepest tints of blue And we shall see how all God s plans were right, And most that seemed reproof was love most true And if sometimes commingled with life s wine We find the wormwood and rebel...
Our culture does preach tolerance as among the highest virtues. And yet it is intolerant of Christianity just as it lashes out at hypocrisy as the worst vice, and can be hypocritical in its own deductions based on the worldview that it assumes. But to be tolerant of something is not the same thing as believing something that is tolerated to be true. Rightly understood, the willingness to coexist with counter-perspectives is the best use of the term. Yet a person generally uses tolerance to condemn any absolute strain in a person's belief system, and while they condemn that, they obviously borrow some hierarchy of ethics of their own in order to criticize that which runs afoul of their own thinking.
The priests had no authority to pass the death sentence at that time, so they convinced the Roman governor that Jesus was plotting against the security of the Roman Empire and urged him to take immediate action against him. The governor ordered thaJesus be arrested. According to the Book of Matthew, Jesus was arrested and the council of the high priests passed the death sentence upon him. Then, they began insulting him, spitting on his face and kicking him. It was the Roman custom for the condemned to be flogged before they were executed. So Pilate, the Roman governor, ordered that Jesus be flogged. The Mosaic Law stipulates forty lashes, but the Roman had no limit, and they were brutal lashes. After that, Jesus was handed to the soldiers for crucifixion. They took off his clothes, and kept them. They put a crown of thorns on his head to mock him. According to custom he carried his cross on his back to increase his suffering.
Survival and complete self-realization of the human race requires the existence of such a lawgiver, far more than for instance the growth of hair on the eyelashes and eyebrows, the development of a hollow instep, and such other advantages as arc not necessary to survival but are at the most merely useful to that end.