Most followers of a religion believe that God or the gods are the originators of their belief system. In my more pensive moments I doubt them – by your fruit you shall know them and all that! Perhaps we can imagine what happened in prehistory! As early man formed communities, the rivalry within eventually manifested with everyone looking for ‘the other’ to blame. After a period of time the community centred this blame on one of the weakest or non conforming members of the group. This evil victim was then murdered as the violence of the community was unleashed. Following this blood thirsty ritual a new sense of unity peace and prosperity seemed to fall upon the community.’How come?’ they asked. Their only explanation was that their victim by his death had brought the peace. He was now recognized as a god, who dispensed peace – and so the dying god was born along with ‘sacrifice’ and its ability to appease the anger of the gods who were responsible for the regular crises ( famine ,drought,sickess etc.) within the community. I believe that all sacrificial religious thought evolved from such a mindset – a god who needs to be appeased by the death of a victim. Are we through our religious rituals,practices and disciplines, today continuing such an ancient myth. Was Jesus death such a death or was it radically different indeed dismantling such a belief system? Does Divine Love demand self sacrifice? Now there’s a question that could have many practical repercussions in the life of a Yeshua follower!