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Belief in Biblical Inerrancy Must be the Second Most Damaging, Misguided Christian Belief of All
Earlier we discussed that Angry God is a foundational harmful belief because it gives rise to other misguided, harmful beliefs. We can say the same about Inerrancy and for the same reason. In fact, the two are closely connected. Inerrancy leads … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, Bible, creationism, dispensationalism, evolution, fear, gays, God, hell, inerrancy, Jesus, legalism, love, Old Testament, Satan Tagged angry God, Demons, LGBT, patriarchy, Penal Substitution, proof-texting, Rapture, YEC 84 Comments
If We Are Free to Approach God Without Fear, What Becomes of Our Other Religious Fears—Like Hell?
To many believers God is love. This is the primary thing we know about God from Jesus—unconditional love. This is what Jesus told us about the Father and also what Jesus demonstrated in his own life as the representative of … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, fear, God, hell, Jesus, legalism, love Tagged angry God, Gehenna, Hades, Isaiah 66, Jeremiah 19, Penal Substitution 22 Comments
Evolution and Original Sin: How Calvin’s TULIP Falls Apart
Genesis 2-3 tells the story of Adam and Eve with a focus on their ‘fall’ from innocence by the disobedience of eating the forbidden fruit. We discussed last time why we should not take this story as an historical narrative; … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, evolution, fundamentalism, original sin Tagged Adam and Eve, Eden, fall of Adam, Genesis 2, Genesis 3, John Calvin, Romans 5, TULIP 48 Comments
How Does One Explain the Crucifixion of Jesus to Young Children?
Recently, a reader asked an excellent question. This is our discussion, but I have not used their real name. Joe wrote: I’ve talked with you in the past. The other day, my 3 year old son and I were talking … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, Jesus, resurrection Tagged children, Christus Victor, crucifixion, Easter 36 Comments
Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?
We talked last time about three atonement theories that I believe are woefully misguided and miss the point of Jesus’ death completely: The Ransom Theory, the Satisfaction Theory, and the Substitutionary Atonement Theory (Penal Substitution). All three are inadequate to … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, eternal life, Jesus, Kingdom of God, love, resurrection, sin Tagged Christus Victor, death, John 3:16 79 Comments
How Penal Substitutionary Atonement Fails
As we discussed last time, the New Testament writers agree that the death of Jesus on the cross has a tremendous effect on us, but they never quite explain what they think this effect is or how it works. The … Continue reading
What Does Jesus’ Death on the Cross Do for Us?
When we consider how the death of Jesus on the cross affects us, we should first find the consensus of the New Testament writers—there is none! Next we can turn to the consensus of the Church Fathers throughout history—there is … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, Jesus, New Testament, sin Tagged Blood, Cross, crucifixion, death, Sacrifice 76 Comments
The Story of Sin and Salvation—Common Baggage Version (CBV)
From the time I started church as a second grader, I began to hear the story of sin and salvation. I heard it from the pulpit; I heard it from Sunday school; I heard it in adult discussions; and I … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, baggage, God, hell, Jesus, sin Tagged Adam and Eve, angry God, crucifixion, salvation 44 Comments
How Does “Dying For Our Sins” Work?
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. … Continue reading
Posted in atonement, favorite blogs, Jesus Tagged Brian Zahnd 7 Comments
What is the Significance of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection?
Recently, a reader asked me a question privately about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I plan to do a series in the future, but that won’t be for a while. But because it is such an important question, I decided to … Continue reading