I’m so glad that I follow the blogs of Atheists and Humanists… and those of different religions to be honest. It’s really interesting to know the misconceptions of Christianity that these sort of people harbor. I have
to say that a lot of the time, it’s Christians who create these misconceptions and barriers.
Friendly Atheist, a blog which I read nearly every day has come up with an interesting post on Sin. Within the post is the idea that we should all sin, because otherwise it would make Jesus’ sacrifice worthless. Here’s a video that was linked on the post:
Of course, this sort of thinking throws up a few problems.
- Why would anyone tell someone else to sin? I mean, sin means anything that is what we deem bad, or, more specifically in the Christian context, rebellion against God. We rebel against God in many ways, such as lying, stealing, cursing him, hurting others and so on. Why would anyone want to encourage this?
- The whole theology on grace and sin is wrong. Jesus came to a dying humanity which was in danger of a one way ticket to hell with no escape. Jesus provided that escape route. It wasn’t a means by which we could still live in sin, knowing that God would be OK with it.
- There seems to be a lack of understanding when it comes to repentance. Of course, the Bible does talk about being forgiven when we ask to be. But asking forgiveness is closely tied with repentance – turning away from that ‘sin’, saying sorry, and not doing it again. Of course, some of the time, this is impossible, because, as the video rightly points out, we are all sinners by nature. But it is our intention that God looks to. And within Christian belief, he provides the power and strength necessary for us to overcome sin.
There’s no such thing as cheap grace…
1 Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, 2 instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen[