Sorry this is a bit long but just for background-
Last week I went to my FH’s RCIA class with him. Aside from the glaring flaws that will just raise my blood pressure, here’s my question. They had these sheets with images and captions “Jesus as Teacher”, “Jesus as Reformer”, etc etc including “Suffering Jesus” and we (I was sort of thrust into participating) were supposed to talk about which image we identified most with as a child, and which one was most relevant to us now. I ended up picking about 4 because obviously they are connected. But there were a lot of older people in the class, 50s and 60s,and all of them, including the facilitator, said that before V2, they identified with the suffering Jesus, fear, etc and how destructive that was for their faith, and now of course “Jesus as Friend” is their favourite.
Now V2 was 20 years before I was born. But really- was it THAT bad?? They spoke as if the only image they had was Christ crucified and had never heard the Gospels about His healing, teaching, etc. To me the cross is the ultimate expression of His love- so why was that so harmful?