In response to an earlier post, where I defended waterboarding as not being torture, my sister-in-law, Georgette, asks, “Would Jesus Waterboard?”
An excellent question.
I first answered, “No. But then Jesus already knows the truth so He wouldn’t have to waterboard anyone to get it.” To which she asks, “Is that the only reason he would not waterboard?”
No. Here are two more reasons:
First, Jesus preached, “Love your enemy,” in the Sermon on the Mount.
You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.
So I don’t believe Jesus would inflict pain on his enemies, even the mild psychological pain that waterboarding does.
Second, Jesus’ mission was to die at the hands of his Enemy, Satan, in order to provide humankind a way back to God. In allowing Himself to be crucified, Jesus provided forgiveness to all, even to His enemies. No, I don’t think Jesus would waterboard those whom he was meant to save.
OK, so there are three reasons why Jesus might not waterboard. What other reasons are there, do you think?
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