This is a reproduction of a blog post I wrote in January of 2010 addressing a video about the Gospel on Tangle. I duplicated it here so that I could add sidebars showing you that what I'm telling you is historic Christianity.
In the original blog post, I linked to a video on the Gospel at Tangle. That site, however, can't decide what they should be called. Once they were Godtube, then they were Tangle, and now they're Godtube again. In the process, my link to the video no longer works, nor can I find the video.
No big deal. You'll recognize the statements I'm complaining about. They're made by Christians all the time.
Note: There is a "What Is the Gospel" video on YouTube from the Southern Baptist Seminary. Their video is much better. It is not the one I am addressing on this page.
The video states:
That doesn't sound so horrific on the surface because we Protestants have heard it so much, but let's look at what the author of the video is saying. He's already said that heaven or hell are the only places our immortal soul can go. He believes that hell is a place of torment, full of literal flames.
So ... God is a being who will send the vast majority of souls who have ever lived into eternal torture even if all they've done is just hated once.
By these standards, Guantanamo Bay is a vacation resort. At Guantanamo Bay people are subjected to temporary humiliation and pain, some of it terrible but none of it as bad as being burned alive, and all or most of them are there for being exceptionally evil.
God, according this video, is much worse than the Americans at Guantanamo Bay. He's going to burn conscious people in flames for millions and millions of years for hating once, or for cheating on a test in elementary school, or for telling a lie at work … just once.
This is a just Judge??
This is not the Gospel. This is slander.
That is not God. Listen for a moment to who the Judge of all the earth, the one who does right, really is:
Okay, granted, God will not clear the guilty. He'll even punish the children for sins of the fathers. Don't freak out about that. We all know that children are prone to inheriting the faults of their parents. Punishment is not evil. Punishment is a wonderful thing that produces repentance, and as you can see from the Scriptures above, repentance produces life and drives punishment far away.
However, read those verses. Is this a God that sends people to hell for one lie??
And how does he forgive the mass of sins that the wicked have committed. Does he require sacrifices and oblations? Does he have to kill a human? Does he have to send his own Son to earth and kill him so that he can forgive sin?
That's not what the Bible says. After King David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, then killed her husband Uriah to hide it, God punished him both in his body and by killing his love-child. David repented, crying out for forgiveness.
This is not a God that can't forgive sin unless he kills his Son.
Jesus did not die because God was a monster that could not forgive sin and would torture eternally the mildest sinner. It was not God who needed to be saved. He has always been wonderful. Everything he has done has always been redemptive and has always been good. God did not change when Jesus died.
Jesus died because we are monsters. Look at Paul's description of us:
When Paul wrote, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God," he was not talking about cheating on a 6th grade math test. He was talking about those things I just quoted from Romans 3. "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23)immediately follows that awful description of humans in general.
Worse, according to the Bible, at least for the majority of us, there's not much we can do about it. "How to perform what's good I cannot find" (Rom. 7:18).
Now that's a problem worth dying for!
And that's the problem Jesus did die for …
Awesome! So now we wicked people with the poison of asps under our lips and whose feet are swift to shed blood can "put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit" and live (Rom. 8:13).
That was worthy dying for.
And it doesn't make a monster out of a loving, kind, and merciful God.
When Peter told the Jews in Jerusalem--including the other apostles--about the conversion of Cornelius, the Gentile, they were horrified. Forget the fact that Cornelius had received the Spirit of God, having had his soul cleansed by the blood of Jesus. They were horrified that he'd ... gasp! ... eaten with gentiles!
After Peter explained what happened, however, they were silent and accepting. This was the work of God.
Their comment, however, should be mulled over by all modern Christians who have been deceived into believing that God forgives sin by killing and sacrifice rather than on the basis of repentance:
Even more difficult for us modern Christians is Paul's description of his Gospel:
Paul said that? Paul did that?
Of course, he also told them that the power for this repentance is found in the grace bestowed upon us by the Lord Jesus Christ in his death …
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