Holy Saturday / Easter Sabbath
March 26, 2016
Part 2 of 3 in a series
When you live in a reward-punishment system, which we all do, it only makes sense to believe that God operates on the reward-punishment system as well. So if God rewards the good and punishes the bad, and we’re all bad some of the time, that means we’re all doomed to punishment, right?
This is the reason why there is scriptural and Christian tradition support for teaching an atonement theory that says that since humans are doomed to punishment because of our bad thoughts and behavior, we need outside help to pay for their punishment so that we can be reunited with God and have eternal life. Because God so loved the world, Jesus came and took our place (our substitute) and payed our debt to God (our satisfaction) and now God is no longer angry with us. God accepts us as sons and daughters because of Jesus.
After walking through this theory, I then ask the questions:
- Does God operate under the laws of the reward-punishment system?
- Before Jesus, was God really angry at humanity?
- Was it God who demanded a substitute sacrifice, or was it humanity?