Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Why does God need a payment for Forgiveness?

Some good stuff in my Theology reading today...  Erickson p833

"Why does God not simply forgive sins?  Why does he require a payment of a pound of flesh as it were?  We humans are capable of forgiving one another simply by an act of good will.  We do not require that persons who have wronged us make reparation before we are willing to take them back into our favour.  If this is possible for Christians to do, should not God be able to do the same?
Those who raise this objection have failed to consider who God really is.  God is not merely a private person who has been wronged, but is also the official administrator of the judicial system. As a private person he could in a sense forgive offenses against himself, just as humans forgive one another.  But for God to remove or ignore the guilt of sin without requiring a payment would in effect destroy the very moral fiber of the universe, the distinction between right and wrong..."

Makes sense to me.  We don't expect people to get off when they're found guilty in a court of law.  It makes me more thankful that Jesus was willing to be that 'pound of flesh' repayment for my sin.  That's still incomprehensible... all I can be is grateful


Phil said...

Sounds ok, but I would consider God doesn't own us once we sell our lives to the devil. So we are not held to sin by God, in effect, we are held to sin by God's enemy.
God is not the accuser people!

Deano said...

Romans 1:18-21

8The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened...

and Romans 2:5-8

5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God "will give to each person according to what he has done."[a] 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

God holds us accountable for our sin, he most certainly is the accuser of people.

However he no longer accuses Christians because that substitution of penalty has been made with Jesus

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