Over concerns that depictions of Christ’s violent trial and crucifixion might send their theology students into a mental breakdown, the University of Glasgow (Scotland) is issuing warnings to Bible students to beware of such images should they take a course entitled “Creation to Apocalypse: Introduction to the Bible (Level 1).” University staff feel it’s necessary to warn students in case they need to excuse themselves when Christ’s suffering is explored so they can be protected from getting too upset emotionally.
While those in favor of giving these “trigger warnings” claim they help preserve the mental health of emotionally fragile students, critics of the warnings feel that this is just another move to keep students from learning how to cope with the “harsh realities” of the real world. Does such a move detract from the powerful message of the gospel? Will it make Bible students despise the blood of Jesus and ultimately despise the Father for requiring such a sacrifice to be made for us?
From my personal experience, everything that Christ suffered for me during that cruel period that ended his life made me appreciate him more. It has made me realize time and again just how deep his love is for someone as unworthy as me. For me, all the bloodiness of it has drawn me to love him more and has raised my level of commitment to him. Verbal and visual presentations of it highlight just how powerful the blood of Jesus really is, as is confirmed by these scriptures:
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Ephesians 2:12-14
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13-14 (If our conscience is purged by the blood of Christ, how can that be bad for anyone’s mental health?)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7