… it was better to have one person die for the people
The religious leadership believed, according to this passage, that it was better to kill Jesus and save countless lives in a possible riot and Roman response. This is an understandable position, but …
This is a kind of utilitarian thinking which reduces the worth of human lives to that of widgets … two lives are worth more than one, five lives are worth more than two. Life doesn’t come with a price tag. And if you believe that killing is wrong, the fact that the killing will save others doesn’t make the killing ok … this reduces one’s morality to “the ends justify the means”.
When you choose the lesser of two evils, you’re still choosing evil.
Crystal, who is now waiting for David’s situational ethics response 🙂