Why are you betraying Jesus? He died for you.
Who is this ‘Jesus’ and why did he have to die for me? What did I do that required his death? Struck by the temerity of this question, I vacillated between the different approaches one could take in addressing it. Should I question the historicity of Jesus? Maybe, but that would be rather boring. Should I declare that betrayal is only possible if one believes in the entity that is being betrayed? After all, if I lose my tooth and don’t put it under my pillow, am I betraying the tooth fairy? What good is a tooth to a nonexistent being? How can I betray something that I don’t believe in?
No, I think I’ll examine this from a different perspective. It is late, I can’t sleep – a recipe for poor writing, I know – and I’m in a…
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