SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Eight Filipinos were nailed to crosses to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering in a bloody Good Friday tradition, including a carpenter, who was crucified for the 34th time with a prayer for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to end because it has made poor people like him more desperate.
The real-life crucifixions in the farming village of San Pedro Cutud in Pampanga province north of Manila resumed after a three-year pause due to the coronavirus pandemic. About a dozen villagers registered but only eight people showed up, including 62-year-old carpenter and sign painter Ruben Enaje, who screamed as he was nailed to a wooden cross with a large crowd watching in the scorching summer heat.
Jesus and a especially God doesn’t require this. the sacrifice ( what’s required of the faithful is us to sacrifice our ego’s and selfishness and submit to the Christ Consciousness and become one with it) the ransom has been paid. But if it satisfies the faithful in that country, so be it.
Someone that will crucify themselves must have absolute certainty in their beliefs. No question at all in their minds.
I’m not a believer, and haven’t been since I was 9 or 10. I went ahead and got baptized anyway “just in case”, because the peacher said if I got baptized I would be saved from eternal damnation. So I did it just to cover my bases. Not trying to make a mockery of it, but that was my mindset at the time.
I think there is a sort of beauty in someone crucifying themselves. To see that kind of love and devotion is a powerful thing.
I much prefer to see religion inspire that sort of devotion than to inspire people to take away freedoms from others or otherwise impose their own beliefs on others.