[quote=Lazerlike42]Could anything else have been expected? If God came down to earth as man, could we really expect anything else than for man to kill Him? Could God exist among men without being killed? It would seem to me that as humans we are so caught up in our own ways and in sin that if God were to come down, He was GOING to get killed, no question about it.
I would suggest that there have been a number of cultural situations which would have accepted the presence of the Incarnate God with much less of a reaction than the Jews showed.
God chose a time and place in which the society was extremely stressed. The Jews were pressured from within by factional differences between the Zealots and the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law and the Sadducees. They were pressured from without by the Roman army of occupation. As a result, the society was already very tense, and it was a society which was extremely intolerant of religious heterodoxy. There have been a great number of societies which have not faced those pressures.
So far as anyone knows, the Nordic peoples never even had a concept for heterodoxy, possibly because they never had an organised ecclesiastical hierarchy. Had Jesus gone among them, there is no reason to think that they would have killed him, although would have been extremely disdainful of his pacifism. The Mongols were utterly pluralist, and would have had a similar reaction: as long as a man can ride and shoot, what else do you need? I would guess that the same would apply to various Native North American groups, particularly the non-nomadic ones (e.g., Pueblos?) but I know very little about them.
God chose just the right time and place to get Jesus killed.