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I've read about a painting at some show that offended some Christians. On that painting there was Jesus Christ swearing at (presumably) the Father.

Now though we know Jesus Christ did not do so yet I've been reading about the true meaning of the Cross (thanks to people here) and I've learnt Christ was made sin on the Cross. Now, sinners they can swear all right and often do.

And even more than that, Christ though did not swear but did complain to the Father. (So maybe the painting deals more with language issues than with religious ones who knows).

Therefore can't see if that painting shall be treated as offensive (I mean shall). Is it offensive?

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The idea that Jesus would wish to do evil is absurd. –  Narnian Aug 30 '12 at 13:57
@Narnian Why evil? We can see hinored men of working class doing their intricate job while swearing such as plumber can, right? And a cerpenter can, not he? So I can't buy the proposition that swearing is evil –  Alex Aug 30 '12 at 14:02
From a biblical position, it is not you or I who determine whether or not swearing is evil. God determines what is right and wrong. We can disagree with Him, but we are most certainly not God. He reveals to us that it is wrong, so it's wrong. –  Narnian Aug 30 '12 at 14:36
@Alex: hi, have you considered accepting an answer? –  Wikis Sep 12 '12 at 8:37
@Alex: thanks, that was quick! –  Wikis Sep 12 '12 at 9:29

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Jesus was indeed made sin but was never a sinner. The relevant verse is 2 Corinthians 5:21

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

From this we learn:

  1. Jesus was without sin (and therefore did not sin on the cross, nor at any other time).
  2. It is essential for our salvation that He was without sin and retained "the righteousness of God". This is because, just as He took our sin, so we take His righteousness so that we can be declared "perfect" and have fellowship with God, both here on Earth and right into heaven. If Jesus had sinned, we would merely have swapped our sin for His, and so been no better off.

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Obviously can't comment too much on the painting since we haven't been given details of its particulars, but going by what you tell us about it, perhaps the artist (giving the benefit of the doubt) was trying to convey some sense of Christ's despair and lostness on the cross.

He had truly been forsaken by the Father, and this was an entirely new experience for Christ. He has only ever known full and complete communion with the Father.

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Alas! I can't find the link to the painting! But it's not so grandiose as you have described, alas again. Hust a stupid caricature it was. I was asking more of curiosity for the theory. –  Alex Aug 30 '12 at 13:37

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