"Jesus like a suicide bomber" - BBC
I heard a promotional snippet on the radio for this program this morning.
BBC - Religion & Ethics - Jesus
A talking head said that it was "an awful simile, but that Jesus was like a suicide bomber in that he believed his death was the important thing". (from memory).
I'm no theologian but I believe the technical term for that is bollocks and offensive bollocks at that.
Let us assume that Jesus did see his death as the important thing he had to do and, so contrary to teachings, arranged it, so it was a type of suicide.
I can think of three suicide scenarios:
Despair - not applicable.
Suicide Bombing - the aim is kill other people as well as your self, It is an act of hate. I think Jesus was trying to save other people.
Heroic self sacrifice, - falling on a handgranade to save the rest of the platoon, a father saving children from a fire, helping people down the stairs of the Twin Towers. They are acts of love - Now that is an analogy that should be used.
The BBC is full of people who see Suicide Bombers as romantic heros in the struggle and so it would never have occured to them what a twisted and disgusting simile this is.