I very often think of things that are too basic and ridiculously naive to mention. I assume that everyone (in the whole wide world) probably understands it except for me and by verbalising my ignorance I’ll get labelled with the ‘Woman who has blogged about her faith for three years and still doesn’t understand the basic Sunday School type things. Let’s point and laugh at her’.
One of my issues comes from the belief that Jesus had to die on the cross for our sins in order for us to be saved. Because God said so. Because of the rules made up by God. This cartoon articulates my problem perfectly.
Jesus had to die purely because God, who let’s be honest here makes all the rules in the first place (something that people seem to believe even more fervently if they’re in the ‘Jesus died for out sins and we are awful filth and deserve nothing good’ camp) said so, in order to save us all from our awfulness.
I was excited to see a post from a New Favourite Blogger this morning* on just this topic; Is Penal a Dirty Word? . Turns out I’m not special and insightful OR stupid and naive for asking these questions. It’s an actual thing and the article helped with my understanding immensely. There are various schools of thought around this but I think that the Moral Influence of Atonement may make me very happy. Let’s see.
Thoughts? (Because I know that you have them)
*Shared in a facebook group called ‘Progressive Christians’ which is full of good stuff. And I’m back on FB