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Monday, August 11, 2008

Why God Died

God died because people forgot how to read.  With a sharp irony, the Bible was pinched between two forgettings.  From one side the Bible was -- and is in many quarters today -- treated as so sacred as to be dictated word for word by God so that the Bible is totally unlike anything else we read.  From the other side, the Bible was -- and is in many quarters today -- subjected to heavy interpretive equipment, and like other writing the Bible gets shielded from the clear light of that original and most wonderful of a child's requests, "Read me a story."  When the life is squeezed out of the Bible, from whatever direction, when the Bible is exiled from "the space between" into the extremes of "we know all about it" or "this can never be," the living God can no longer be found there.

- Patrick Henry, The Ironic Christian's Companion: Finding the Marks of God's Grace in the World (New York: Riverhead Books, 1999), p. 70.


John said...

Greater love hath no man than this:

He would give up HIS IMMORTAL SOUL FOR----


John said...

The reason God died for sinners is:

1. He set the rule as to what sin is
2. He set the punishment for sin to be death (it could
have been forty lashes, a year of exile, etc. but
penalty for ANY sin is DEATH
3. He KNEW we would sin and he created us anyway
He could have made us to be sinless
WITHOUT making us as the hackneyed knee jerk
response says: "HE DID NOT WANT US TO BE
ROBOTS" If HE is all powerful He could do it
without making us robots. OR He could have
created only thos of us who would not sin.
4. He could have kept us away from forbidden fruit
like a good parent keeps poison away from
5. He could have NOT created SATAN
6. He could have kept SATAN out of the Garden of
7. He could have intervened before Adam and Eve
8. Since He did none of the above, I suspect He
wanted us to be dependents.... dependent on HIM
and the stigma of sin and its payment death with
only one get out of hell card free (Faith in Jesus)
makes us just that if we want to live with Him in
9. What if a person says I want to live as moral
(loving neighbors as him or her self, and obeying
property and social mores i.e. not stealing, killing,
commiting adultery and the whole gallery of social
taboos), but being an honorable person he or she
does not take God's payment of death for his or
her sins but rather elects to pay the price of death
himself or herself? What proselytizing leverage
would an evangelist, apologist have over that