Christ, in terms of the Christian philosophy, is the human ideal. He
personifies that which men should strive to emulate. Yet, according to the
Christian mythology, he died on the cross not for his own sins but for the sins
of the nonideal people. In other words, a man of perfect virtue was sacrificed
for men who are vicious and who are expected or supposed to accept that
sacrifice. If I were a Christian, nothing could make me more indignant than
that: the notion of sacrificing the ideal to the nonideal, or virtue to vice.
And it is in the name of that symbol that men are asked to sacrifice themselves
for their inferiors. That is precisely how the symbolism is used.