No, Jesus Does Not Pay Our Debt



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Jesus Paid It All

Your argument is convoluted, Jason. It would appear that its main thrust is to seek a way around the substitutionary theory of the atonement, which, of course, is one of the fundamentals of progressive theology. If Jesus (God) simply "forgives" sin without cost there is no need for the cross. But the reality is that forgiveness involves a cost and the cost is paid by the one who forgives.

If a driver rams into my car I would like for justice to be done. If the damage is $10,000 we exchange insurance companies and his company pays the $10,000. Suppose he has no insurance. Then I insist he pay the repairs. Suppose he has no money. Then maybe I seek justice by punching him in the nose, or having him arrested (it at least makes me feel better). But suppose I say to him, "I know things are bad for you and I know you cannot pay so I am going to forgive you and we'll act as if this never happened." Fine. But then, who pays the $10,000?

I read a list of the 25 favorite hymns of Americans not long ago. Somewhere in that list was the hymn "Jesus paid it all." The slate is clean; the sin is eradicated. It was written by a Methodist and has been part of Methodist revivalism for years (back in the days when there were revivals and the church was growing).

A man once said, "I enjoy sinning; God enjoys forgiving; the world is admirably arranged." Methodism (as well as all Christianity) is based on grace, and grace flows from the cross.

Riley Case more than 3 years ago

Scripture as a basis

SO, what Scripture are you using to support this argument? This article is intriguing but for an argument to be accepted and exegetical examination of Scripture is required. If it is not a debt to be paid then why did Jesus have to die? He could simply say "you are forgiven, go and sin no more."

Jeff more than 3 years ago