Jesus of Nazareth has incited discord among the citizens of the Empire in Palestine; he has encouraged the work of “terrorists,” and he has assaulted businessmen.
The case for the Prosecution:
The Roman Empire is a vast collection of different peoples with different beliefs. The Empire has established peace among once-warring peoples by accepting all their gods as legitimate expressions of one true collection of gods. The Empire requires that all people under Roman rule acknowledge the legitimacy of the gods of others. The Empire requires that the Emperor himself be acknowledged as Divine (God). The Empire suppresses local rebellion in order to preserve the safety of persons and property.
Jesus of Nazareth challenges every part of this Roman Peace. He denies that belief-systems other than his own are legitimate. He insists that only one belief is correct. He refuses to accept that that the Emperor is Divine.
He has questioned the legitimacy of the Hebrew leaders (the Pharisees) with whom the Empire has bargained to establish a tolerant government. He gives hope to the radical elements (Zealots) who use violence (terrorism) against Roman government.
The Empire is built upon the rock of trade. Trade creates prosperity. Jesus of Nazareth has violently attacked the money-changers in the Temple who make such trade possible.
The case for the Defense:
The Accused is a missionary come to us from a Reality the court does not acknowledge. His message is that there is NOT a multiplicity of gods, nor are there multiple Truths. There is only ONE God and ONE Truth. He says that all who fail to recognize this Reality are condemned by that one God to burn in a fiery pit for all eternity.
Prosaically, the Accused is charged with disrupting the work of the money-changers in the Temple of Solomon, in Jerusalem. They buy at the lowest price and sell at the highest price, regardless of circumstances. Thus, His actions amount to “restorative justice.”
Finally, does the prosecution say that no one may dissent from common opinion as it presently exists? Does it say that no truths are yet to be revealed by further inquiry? That WE and OUT society are the final draft of the gods?
The Judgement of the Court:
There is a difference between provable Facts and unprovable Belief. Believing that something is true is not the same as proving that thing is true. Individuals may act on what they believe to be true. However, if they transgress the law, their beliefs do not excuse them.
Jesus of Nazareth is found guilty of assault on persons and treason against the Empire.
The condemned shall be transported by the usual means to the usual place of execution and there be executed by the usual means.