The Trouble with God’s Sacrifice

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.

About Greg Holt

About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst and author.  By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger.  His articles are first published on True Conservative Pundit and Inspirational Christian Blogs, and from there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites.  If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on. Greg is the author of the newly released book: "Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church" available on
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12 Responses to The Trouble with God’s Sacrifice

  1. Great illustration of God’s love. If a human mother/father loves her child enough to give their life for the child, we praise them.

    To think that the omnipotent, almighty God, creator of the universe would do such a thing for someone like me . . . and to think that I was busy going my own way, without thought of Him, with no love for Him, giving Him no place in my life . . . incredible! But praise God for the REALITY of that love. Praise God that we KNOW and EXPERIENCE that love in every aspect of our lives.

    I pray that God will open the understanding of that atheist and give him faith to see and to believe and that he will come to know for himself the enormity of God’s love.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    God sends no one to hell, which is the choice of the individual person…salvation is freely available to all who choose it.

    Amen Greg. May our prayers always go up to our Father above, for those who cannot see and have no enlightenment to see Him in all His glory.

    Thank you for your faithfulness in sharing life’s struggles and being overcomers in His strength.
    May the joy and peace and love of the Lord be to you and yours and may His blessings of overcoming peace, joy and love that passeth all understanding and health be yours this coming year. Be thou His example in Word and deed to your generation in the year ahead. Amen.


  3. loopyloo305 says:

    You said “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.”
    Perhaps the truth of it is that they think themselves reprehensible and can not see a way that anyone or anything would sacrifice for them. It is hard to understand love and sacrifice when you haven’t experienced any yourself. We can only pray that the knowledge that you shared with them is the kernel of hope that they need and that it will open up a whole new experience for them. One of love and fulfillment. There are truly so many that have never experienced it, no matter that this is a Christian nation, our children have lost God and not knowing Him, often have no real experience with any kind of love! God bless you!

    • writinggomer says:

      Thank you loopyloo, that is very true, I had not really thought of it that way (they think themselves reprehensible).
      It feels often like I am speaking to a completely close minded person with no hope of them hearing the truth, but I need to do my part and leave the rest up to God.

      Thanks for a great comment.

  4. Debbie says:

    I really liked the way you used the analogy of a parent saving their child. That helps so much .. .at least I think so. 🙂 God bless you and thank you for sharing your faith and His Light , here!

    • writinggomer says:

      Than you Debbie, I thought the parent/child analogy would be a great illustration of what Christ does for us, simple and easy to understand. Now the fact the Creator of all loves us…that is a little harder to understand.

  5. robind333 says:

    Wonderful post and written in a way many can relate and understand…Thank you for posting and many, many blessings to you..Robin

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