Everyone should know why Jesus had to die, but the real reasons may not be what you have been told.
There was a war in heaven. Lucifer and others accused God of making up unnecessary laws with arbitrary consequences. They claimed He was exacting, unforgiving, severe, and a liar. They claimed that death was not the natural consequences of sin, as God had told them, but rather, an imposed, vengeful, punishment. Why Did Jesus Have to Die? explains God's answers to these accusations. It shows how God has demonstrated the truth.
Why are things this way?
In your mind’s eye, look outside your door and peer into the ghettos
and dark alleys of this world. In your heart, you know this is not what
God had in mind for our planet. Sure, there is good out there, but there
is bad too. There is beauty in bright smiles and romantic sunsets, blue
oceans and painted deserts, quasars and star-studded skies, but there is
ugliness in disease, decay, and death. And there is pain, a lot of pain.
Why are things this way? Why do lions and tigers eat Bambi and Thumper?
Why are the good often bad and the bad sometimes good? Why does the song
say, “Only the good die young”? And why did someone as loving as
Jesus have to die?
Many people have offered answers to that question. Some explanations
revolve around some type of ransom being paid to the devil; others say
that Jesus paid a debt to His Father, to the angels, or to sin itself.
Are these the only options? Has the question been adequately addressed?
Why is it that no earthly court would ever allow some saintly fellow to
take the punishment for a criminal, yet many religions think it is okay
for God to do so? Could punishing Gandhi ever atone for Hitler’s
crimes? Could Mother Teresa’s virtue ever negate the lack thereof in
Stalin, Pol Pot, Nero, Hirohito, or Osama bin Laden?
Surely it is arrogant to suggest that humanity has exhausted all the
possibilities or that we could actually comprehend it all. So with that,
I would like to throw one more possibility into the theological hat for
consideration: the Great Controversy-Demonstration Model. Several people
have incorporated great controversy concepts into their theology, but
none have risen to the level of Graham Maxwell. Many of the ideas
presented here were first learned from this great man.
This book is divided into four sections. The first is historic, tracing
the biblical story to the cross. The second is allegorical, using
train-wreck metaphors to compare theologies. The third section looks at
issues one by one, and section four defines terms.
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Chris Conrad earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University and a master's degree from Wichita State University in Geology. He has taught math, science, and the Bible and led Bible studies for the past thirty years. Conrad specializes in creation vs. evolution issues and is a professional geologist in Utah.
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