An essay donated by Larry Langston
Did Jesus die for our sins?
The following essay on the atonement is probably going to be considered controversial,
particularly among conservative Christians. We invite you to write a rebuttal
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The belief is fraught with doctrine very difficult to swallow from a reasonable viewpoint. Many believe Jesus had to die before God could find mankind acceptable or forgivable. Let us consider this objectively. The belief is that God is love. As such He was creating humans by the thousands continually and all the while condemning them all because they did not measure up to His standards. Jesus recognizing the awful hopelessness of the situation and desiring to do something about it volunteered to sacrifice His own life to appease God’s anger.
Now, regardless the fact that it seems unreasonable to believe God would demand such or put His Son in such a terrible situation, there are a couple of other issues that are even more difficult to understand:
- One, that a loving God would create sentient beings incapable of meeting His standard and condemn them all to Hell because of it.
- The other is that if Jesus had not voluntarily agreed to sacrifice, God would have forever been creating humans for eternal suffering without hope.
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