The other day I was having a conversation on my site Believing God Today with an atheist. There were actually a few of us involved. We were of course trying to convey God’s goodness and willingness to forgive. My atheist commenter was of course trying to convey that there is no God. Now do not get me wrong here, I am not trying to impugn his character at all, but this conversation set me to thinking.
This was all started by this post: THERE IS ABSOLUTE PROOF THAT YESHUA (JESUS THE CHRIST) ROSE FROM THE DEAD! This is a great post and I recommend it highly, one of the best I have read on this, and no I did not write it!
One of the things he said was, “And, sorry, but having somebody ‘die for me’ is disgusting and reprehensible.”
Ok, well on the face of it I can for a moment see how a person could feel that way especially an unbeliever. I remember being new to the faith and hearing songs in church praising the shed blood of Christ…I did not like it. Then I began to understand and the reasoning behind why we would sing about such things permeated my soul.
Lets take a closer look at this persons thought that Christ sacrificing His life is reprehensible. As I said, on the face of it this seems like a reasonable view. But lets dig down deeper.
Imagine the following situation; you are in a bank with your wife; someone comes up to the teller counter and demands money. Things go wrong, and the would-be thief grabs your wife as a hostage. You the husband ask the thief to take you in her place. Now, is that disgusting? Why would anyone do that? Because that husband loves his wife enough to give his own life for her if need be.
Is this not the very same thing Jesus did for us in a much bigger and more meaningful way?
How about this scenario; Mom is a teacher, someone has a gun pointed at her own child and she knows the man is going to shoot her child. What do you think Mom does here…she jumps in front of the child and takes the bullet for her child. Far fetched? I do not think so. I believe the women reading this would testify to the fact they would do almost anything to protect their child, including die for them. Is this disgusting, reprehensible, or wrong? Not hardly, it is act done in love.
Jesus did the same thing for us because He loves us. The gun was the Father’s wrath against a sinful people. Jesus was the one who stepped in front of the gun and took the “bullet” for us…because He loved us and wanted to protect us. The obvious difference here being we deserve the punishment of the Father, yet we escaped that punishment through the loving sacrifice of Christ.
You cannot say that human beings that give their lives for someone in love is ok, then turn around and say that Christ’s sacrifice in love is reprehensible. That is simply another excuse to disbelieve.
Then there was this comment: “No. If true, it is the choice of a strange god to send people to hell for not believing it exists. Why on earth is that a god I’m supposed to want to exist, even if I thought it did?”
We have to understand that this mindset is fostered by the enemy. Satan is the god of this world and blinds the minds of unbelievers. Instead of persecuting these people we need to pray for them that God would open the eyes of their hearts and lead them into all truth.
God sends no one to hell, which is the choice of the individual person…salvation is freely available to all who choose it.