Why Blood Atonement Theology Weakens God

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About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He he has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PregMANcy: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date.

Christian Blogs for Patheos, Huffington Post, Sojourners and others.

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  1. I really admire the way you articulate your faith and respect the deep introspection evident in this post and the one that preceded it. I’ve had my share of arguments with Christians and have found I have a deeper respect for those who have truly studied their faith from multiple angles and dared to question it, than those who accept it wholesale as presented by the Church. Good on you. Would love to read more.

  2. courage the cowardly dog says:

    “I don’t ascribe to the idea that Jesus died for the sins of humanity. I understand why many do, and personally I’m OK with them feeling this way.”

    Gee, I am so glad to hear that. I can sleep at night now. What bothers me is you get a platform for attacking a core belief of my faith. Where do I go to attack your faithlessness. I would suggest you take a few theology classes and that may answer some of your questions. I didn’t see anything in your bio that indicated you were a divinity student. As I understand it, Jesus lived an exemplary life and he died in effort to show what it takes to live a holy life. As humans God does not expect us to be perfect like Jesus was so long as we strive for that goal. Each of us knows the extent to which we make that effort and so does God. Jesus came to enter into a new covenant, not just with Jews, but with non-Jews as well. His death on a cross was necessary to emphasize the importance of this new covenant. In ancient times contracts were often sealed with the blood of the parties. Because God’s covenant was with all of mankind, Jesus’ death was necessary. Do you think a billion people all over the globe would be Christian if Jesus lived into his 50′s and died of natural causes? I don’t think so. For God to become man and die on the cross is such a significant event that all other events in history pale in comparison and if you think about the impact Christianity has had on man you see why Jesus’ death on a cross was necessary. I pray for you to see the light.

  3. BornAgainPagan says:

    If more Christians were as thoughtful and articulate as Mr. Piatt, I might not have walked away from Christianity myself years ago. Your faith needs more people like you, sir. Well said.

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