God the Blasphemer: the Death of Jesus

Why did Jesus die? To take the punishment for our sins, of course. But did you ever wonder: how did God plan to achieve this death? What strategy did he need in order to make it happen?

If it was God’s wrath that was poured out on Jesus on the cross, why were any humans involved in his execution at all? Could Jesus not have called all of Israel to gather atop a hill for God himself to reign down a purely divine, public execution?

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What is it to be free?

It is a question of who’s in control. The World thinks that we will be free when we’re the ones with autonomous self-governance.

But the Bible teaches that to be controlled by our self is to be in slavery, and to give control over to God is freedom.

James Stewart:

“It is a glorious phrase of the New Testament, that ‘he led captivity captive.’ The very triumphs of His foes, it means, he used for their defeat. He compelled their dark achievements to subserve his end, not theirs. They nailed him to the tree, not knowing that by that very act they were bringing the world to his feet. They gave him a cross, not guessing that he would make it a throne. They flung him outside the gates to die, not knowing that in that very moment they were lifting up all the gates of the universe, to let the King of Glory come in. They thought to root out his doctrines, not understanding that they were implanting imperishably in the hearts of men the very name they intended to destroy. They thought they had defeated God with His back the wall, pinned and helpless and defeated: they did not know that it was God Himself who had tracked them down. He did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil. He conquered through it.”

Remember the Da Vinci Code?

Here is a far-from-Christian New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman, pointing out all of that novel’s historical inaccuracies.

Ehrman is not committed to the infallibility or authority of scripture, nor to the accuracy of the New Testament Gospels as to the life of Jesus. He denies the divinity and resurrection of Jesus. By no means a Christian, but he is concerned to point out that the Da Vinci Code makes many historical claims that are just plain wrong.

The final end of Science is to tell us what will happen. But the end of History is to tell us what did happen. “That is physically impossible” is a scientific statement. It will not suffice as an adequate refutation within the field of History.