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March 25th, 2012 @ 10:26 pm by Kevin
Whose wrath was satisfied the day Jesus died–God’s? Ours? The devil’s?
Is God a being whose wrath needs to be satisfied before he can forgive?
Is the crucifixion of Jesus an expression of God’s wrath or an expression of his love?
Does the Crucifixion resemble the sort of eternal punishment awaiting those who reject God, or is it an image of the lengths to which God is willing to go to rescue us from such a fate? Can it be both?
How you answer these questions has a direct bearing on how you conceive of hell–its purpose, duration, who goes there (if anyone), for how long and why.
The longish (14:47) video below asks some of these questions and more. Most importantly, it challenges those who hold to the penal substitution view of the atonement–the idea that Jesus was punished on the cross in our place, thus satisfying God’s desire for justice, which allows him to forgive anyone who believes in Jesus and accepts the sacrifice Jesus made in their place. (At least that’s how I remember it being put to me at Bible camp when I became a Christian back in 1980.)
This is a fairly popular view amongst evangelical Christians of all stripes, from Calvinists to Arminians. But it’s facing a number of challenges as of late, including this video. So here’s my challenge: Watch this entire video–and then render your verdict here.
And if you don’t believe Jesus died to satisfy God’s wrath, exactly what did his death accomplish?
This is one of my favorite subjects, but I’m going to keep mum for now.