In the 16th and 17th Centuries in England, a system was devised so that the young prince of a king would not be punished. At that period of history, everyone knew about the divine right of kings in which kings were not subject to manmade laws, but could only be punished by God.
This concept really goes back to the early Greeks and Romans and even back to the Egyptians and rulers of Mesopotamia. In the British Isles, this spread to the son of a king – the prince and his future divine right when he would ascend to the throne and become king upon his father’s death. This created problems, since a king or prince could not be punished by man. Even as a young boy, a prince sometimes needed to be punished for various wrong doings, not learning their lessons, etc.
The answer was the whipping boy concept in which another boy was chosen to be whipped, beaten, etc, for the indiscretions and wrong-doings of the prince. The good thing for the whipping boy was that he received a superb education and was encouraged to play with the prince. This also helped the prince since he had few other playmates.
The prince and the whipping boy often became close friends, which again benefited the whipping boy. The prince, unless exceedingly sadistic, would not want to do wrong, since he knew that this would result in punishment of his friend, the whipping boy.
For Christians, Jesus was or is the whipping boy. You hear little or nothing about it in sermons, Biblical literature, Sunday School lessons, concordances, lectures on religion, but it is there.
After all, according to the Christians, Jesus was condemned, convicted, and killed on the cross for the sins of all mankind – for everyone who believes in him. He was and is the whipping boy for all Christian-believing mankind. We – according to the Christians – are the sinners in the world, have acts that we have committed that are wrong, evil and sinful, and Jesus is paying the price for us.
There is only one problem with this. It is crap. There is no way in this world of today where any king’s son is allowed to have a whipping boy or that the whipping boy concept would ever be used. The idea that kings are chosen by God, not the populace, that no one can punish a prince other than the king or that others can be punished as a substitute for anyone else or a prince, is obviously foolish.
With the Jesus fable on this, there is no way that Jesus or anyone else can propitiate or expiate the wrong doing of others through fines paid or material goods returned to rightful owners. Nor can punishment be paid for others wrongs through served jail time, probation, or community service as a way of allowing or excusing of some for their wrong doing.
The whole Jesus thing is nothing more than an excuse to keep the praying parishioners paying the ministers and churches, to keep them in-line, while giving them a feel-good excuse and an expatiation to go out and do more bad things again. After all, according to Christians, with the Jesus whipping boy, everyone has an out.