This was coming up in another thread, but I decided it would be worthy of its own thread rather than derailing one which servers a different, valuable service.
Here's what the Bible teaches us, as I've come to understand.
God [Christian] loves people so much that he gave us his only begotten son to die for our sins. With this sacrifice, people who accept Jesus as their savior will be absolved of sin and after death will spend eternity in the presence of God.
Now here's what I don't get:
- Why is Jesus God's only son? God could easily create another son if he wished. He's God. By very the definition of God (in Christianity, omnipotent), this should take zero effort.
- Why was it necessary for God to give Jesus to die for our sins? If God wants to forgive us for our sins, what necessitates Jesus's death? There's nothing stopping him so long as God is truly omnipotent.
- Shouldn't the fact we murdered the son of God make Him less inclined to forgive us our sins?
[Aside: I know that not all Christian traditions require accepting Jesus for salvation in every single instance. I'm ignoring this for the sake of brevity. I'm looking for someone who believes in what I wrote above to explain the theological logic to me. I'm not looking for a debate as to whether the above is correct, partially correct, or bs.]
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Clarification: I'm creating this thread for an academic discussion of Christianity. Not whether one religion is right or wrong or better or worse. These are points I'm curious about. I'm not trying to create logical catch-22s, and this isn't a demonstration that I think Christianity is stupid. I'm just interested in how a devoted Christian answers those questions. Besides, it's Easter.