Discussions on Universal Salvation / Re: In The Face of Perfection (or, who is it who requires a sacrifice?)« Last post by marie glen on August 30, 2014, 09:41:14 PM »
QuoteSo the thing I think of here is, I wouldn't say he "couldn't forgive without", but that He "chose to do it with", i.e., the atonement.
I agree. I think God structured his Law so that creating man new through the forgiveness of sin would require a blood sacrifice, so that in Christ dying would show the love of the Father, and create a way to be joined to him by the Firstborn. I don't take that to mean the God is.subservient to his Law but that his Law is a reflection of himself.
Jesus Christ forgave sin in his ministry, but a death was required by the Law to create a new man under the resurrected Spirit, the New Covenant.
Everything is by God's choice.
I often find myself wanting to answer questions posed by staunch, challenging non-believers.. apologetics, I guess.. defense.. I've heard the accusation like God craved blood, or (gasp!) is bloodthirsty/cruel.. but it was the other so called 'gods' or ancient 'priests' of strange religions, who were like that.. but not in some non-believers view..
But which we know is not true of the heavenly Father, who "is love".. We can be assured, I believe, of two things, He is Perfect, and His motives are always love.. truth, yes, and purity/perfection/holiness/truth, but He IS love.. So requiring a sacrifice was/is an act of love, and as we know, absolutely not of any sort of cruelty, or anything - less than love..