substitutionary atonement and other things

Yesterday, church community did not feel so good. Felt a bit dead, clique-y. Granted, church is more than hanging out, but when that’s missing, something’s wrong. But then that church community is usually up and down. Work with what you have.


The way people view you is no reflection of your real worth;

Granted, but if everyone is agreed you’re an asshole, something’s wrong.

Being brave is to do what you don’t want to do because it has to be done;

Granted , but that doesn’t mean you go looking for trouble.


On substitutionary atonement: how would someone willingly trade their perfection for your sin? Either a) they do so because they don’t care about the rewards of perfection (which is paradoxically imperfection in itself because that shows a lack of love for the reward of perfection and perfection itself, which is God); or b) they do so because they believe that God, being just, will reimburse and reward

Was this not the case with Abraham (and possibly Isaac) who believed God would reward his act of faith (sacrifice) by granting his sacrificed son new life (Heb 11:17-19). Or 1 Pet 2:23, Christ entrusts himself to the just judge and so endures injustice and death.

So is it possible that selfless sacrifice for its own sake is never called for? For I know and I’m sure God knows that such acts tend to inflate the ego – Eccl 7:17 – ‘be not overly righteous’.

God is good, practical – human? He is no ivory-tower deity.

Recall what your friend used to say: religion is man going up the mountain to find God; Christianity is God coming down the mountain to find man. Islam has God declare ‘Your son must die for me’; Christianity has God declare ‘my Son has already died for you.’

It is possible to win an argument but lose a person.

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