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How real was Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

How real was Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

It never occurred to me, when I wrote my Touchstone article on the Jesus-legend theory, how many readers would find it hard to understand Jesus’ sacrifice as being truly genuine. Recently Andy wrote, it is inconceivable to me how an infinite being could “sacrifice” anything – if Jesus was God allmighty, and he knew that he was, then he was never in any real danger and didn´t sacrifice anything. To “sacrifice” means to give up something valuable – but what…

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Anti-Humanistic Atheism, or, “Do you really see Christians that way?”

Anti-Humanistic Atheism, or, “Do you really see Christians that way?”

Could atheism be anti-humanistic? Yesterday ScottinOH wrote a comment asking, among other things, about the love of God. He wrote, Jesus’s short-term self-sacrifice (and God the Father’s short-term sacrifice of His Son) is only laudable in the sense that a mob boss or an abuser “sacrifices” something in order to convince himself not to blow up a business or hit his wife. The whole game is about God’s/Jesus’s self-interest. Now in answer to that, I could ask Scott, “Do you…

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The One Offense That’s Worth It

The One Offense That’s Worth It

Some things just aren’t worth squabbling over. Not surprisingly, the Bible has plenty to say about this. A couple things not worth getting over, for example, are  money and privilege. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of…

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The Child Sacrifice Question (2)

The Child Sacrifice Question (2)

Yesterday I said I knew God wouldn’t ask me to sacrifice my child, because I know child sacrifice is wrong. But God sacrificed his child, right? Isn’t that what the cross of Christ is all about? That, too, is another common question raised by atheists. It has an immediate emotional appeal, maybe, because we all have a quick, almost instinctive knowledge that child sacrifice is really wrong. But let’s think again about what makes it wrong. I can think of two…

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Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

Ten Turning Points: Wrap-up

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Ten turning points have made all the difference—not just for some religion, not just for some people, but for all of reality. It’s time now to wrap up this series with a summary. This has been a series with a mixed purpose. I had been wanting to summarize the story of history viewed through the lens of its most crucial events. I ended up doing it with a small…

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Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted to faith in Jesus after the crucifixion The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty that first Easter morning Knowledgeable consensus is virtually unanimous…

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Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus died on the cross he did it for joy and for love. We saw that last time in this series. That doesn’t tell us much, though, about what was actually helpful about his dying.. Earlier in this series (here and here) we looked at humanity’s fundamental problem, our separation from God due to disobedience. This is a spiritual separation, a lack of relationship between us and God,…

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Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Why did Jesus die on the cross? Last time in this series I explored Bruce L. Shelley’s observation, “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” Why would God—why would any God—endure such a thing? Let’s see what the Bible has to say about it. Hebrews 12:1,2 is a good place to start: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so…

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