In response to my Tuesday post on the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jane suggested a blog post from Brian Zahnd that was extremely helpful to her. I read Brian’s post and would like to recommend it to you.
Brian’s post begins:
When we say “Jesus died for our sins,” what does that mean? It’s undeniably an essential confession of Christian faith, but how does it work? This much I’m sure of, it’s not reducible to just one thing…To try to reduce the death of Jesus to a single meaning is an impoverished approach to the mystery of the cross. I’m especially talking about those tidy explanations of the cross known as “atonement theories.” I find most of them inadequate; others I find repellent. Particularly abhorrent are those theories that portray the Father of Jesus as a pagan deity who can only be placated by the barbarism of child sacrifice. The god who is mollified by throwing a virgin into a volcano or by nailing his son to a tree is not the Abba of Jesus!
Neither is the death of Jesus a kind of quid pro quo by which God gains the necessary capital to forgive sinners…
Read the rest of Brian’s post at http://brianzahnd.com/2014/04/dying-sins-work/.
The artwork is The Crucifixion (1515) by Grünewald Matthias via Brian Zahnd’s blog.
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