Saturday, July 12, 2008

Jesus the resurrected therapist

Jesus was not sent as the selected one to appease the anger of the Greek blood god. Jesus was sent to fulfill the promise of the Hebrew love God by ending human hostility. It was not the anger of God that Jesus came to end but the anger of people. This world God created is one of peace and harmony and integration. Through Jesus, all humanity is brought into that world. And that is the point of the resurrection.
Doug Pagitt, A Christianity Worth Believing, p. 194

So, Jesus came to end the anger of people. It's almost like Jesus was the first coming of Oprah.

In response to this, here is what Wayne Grudem says in the book Christian Beliefs, p. 32.

God intensely hates all sin. God's wrath burns hot against sin, and it is this wrath that will eventually consume those who reject Jesus and continue in their sin. As Jesus said, "Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him" (John 3:36). It is the "wrath of God," Paul says, that "is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" (Rom. 1:18).

So, on the one hand, we have Pagitt's supposed feel-good take--a kind of "God is not angry" type of thing--that has no real Scriptural basis. On the other hand, there is Grudem's Scriptural-based contention that God does indeed feel wrath towards those who do not obey Christ, who are ungodly and unrighteous.

The Bible does tell us that at the end men will find for themselves teachers who will scratch their ears, telling them what they want to hear. God's wrath is not a popular subject, not something people want to hear about, but as with all true things, denying it will not make it go away. The hope for each person, then, is not in pretending that God's wrath does not exist, but in repentence and belief in Christ.

1 comment:

Ken Silva said...

"the Greek blood god"

Do ya think somebody ought to go an' tell ol' Pastor Doug that the sacrificial system of blood was initiated by Yahweh?

Ah Doug, that's the only God there is. You know, Christ is God Himself in human flesh...way, Truth, life, and all that.