|“Paul …killed Christians and hated and scorned Christ followers. Then, Jesus came to him… and Paul really learned the severity of his sin.”
Hey Bob, I was really offended by your site, and how it mocks the Man God that died for your very sin of posting such a horrible website. I hope you realize He loves you, too much to keep u the same and ongoing with your site. Paul, a major missionary of the Bible, killed Christians and hated and scorned Christ followers. Then, Jesus came to him and said, “why are you going after my children (Christians)? Repent and follow me.” And Paul prior-name Saul) did love and worship Jesus Christ and really learned the severity of his sin.
Why did you make your website? Why do you hate and mock God?
First of all, thank you for your email. In these times there are far fewer defenders of God & Jesus on the internet than there were just a few years ago. So many people are caught up in their electronic distractions. Plus the voice of atheists have all but drowned out any remaining squeakings of religion on the World Wide Web. It’s nice to see there’s still people out there willing to stand for things like Jesus and God. That said, I think you are very very wrong. Regrettably so.
No one can die or be sacrificed for someone else’s wrongs. Eluding that this is even remotely possible in any way shape or form is the highest form of injustice and unaccountability. Claiming that an innocent can absorb the penalty for the guilty, and it is moral and good, is perversed. This alone is deserving of a mocking dressup game. But this only addresses your first sentence.
A perfect example of the criminality and outright grotesqueness of absolving the guilty of crimes through the trivial act of believing it’s already been accounted for by someone else, is Paul/Saul. Paul is said in the Bible to’ve been responsible for the death of hundreds, possibly thousands. He murdered people simply based on the god(s) they did or did not believe in. Not only were his catastrophic crimes against humanity forgiven, but he is a hero you think worth noting. A trumpeted figurehead to be exemplified. Imagine this in today’s world. Someone with the same genocidal credentials, perhaps even responsible for murdering your own non believing loved ones, given complete immunity and placed at the top podium in a mega-church. How does that strike you? Is this truly deserving of glory in your eyes?
My feeling is that to pretend crimes and wrong-doings are disposed of at the asking is deeply, deeply disturbing. What you see on my site isn’t a hatred of God. It’s a hatred of an idea. It’s the mockery of an absurd and chilling concept. I suppose it’s my smack in the face to all who believe this worldview is there for the taking as an immediate painkiller for guilt and responsibility. It skips some of the most important steps necessary for moral growth.
Might I suggest that you order one of my bumper stickers for your automobile as a symbol of your own repentance from such a flawed concept? l think it’d be an impressive message for you to advertise. Much like your hero Paul/Saul, but for our team!
Again, thank you for at least trying to defend yourself no matter how wrong everyone online says you are.
|“…probably many people would be hesitant to accept that genocide leader got saved”
Sorry for being rude toned in the first email a while ago..
Everyone is accountable for their own sin. We are all headed for hell by our human nature. That’s why we are in desperate need of a Savior to save us. And then without the Holy Spirit to follow after a salvation/conversion then we can’t stop sinning either.
Even if you don’t believe in God or Jesus, if someone was killed is a horrific way, why have a website of them with dress up clothes retelling their death?
And, Jesus has risen, is alive and is in heaven on His throne! That’s the real, current victory.. It shows He was and is perfect, and can be celebrated for conquering sin and death.. He died but was resurrected. Not like on an operating table where a heart beat stops and then starts again.. It was a supernatural happening where He received the first new body.
God chose me, and I am thankful He changed me from a blind, God-hating, perverse girl to His daughter who He is making perfect out of grace. I’m undeserving of heaven and relationship with Him, but He has grace.
About the Saul/megachurch analogy, probably many people would be hesitant to accept that genocide leader got saved (like how people doubted Paul at first). It’s all about fruits and it was proven that Paul’s life was clearly changed. He was sorry, He was called by God.
I’ve heard of people that killed their baby in a tribe in Africa (because of a tradition about twin births) but God saved. The mother didn’t know she was sinning because she was trying to stay dedicated to her tribe customs. Missionaries came to the village and she got saved and was so sorry. Thus, she is free of that sin. Jesus came to free the captives. We are captive to sin without Him.
Just read the ESV Bible and check out Mars Hill Church online (with Mark Driscoll). I pray God saves you and begins a work in your heart and life to His glory and you can look back and laugh a little at all this.
There’s so much more stuff that could be said but its a loaded conversation. So, keep searching.
Look at your life and see what’s in your heart and know theres hope for a totally different and free way to live through Christ of grace, forgiving people and love. Dont look to the world to teach you. Look to heaven. Seeya
Do you know how happy it makes me to see someone illustrate my reasons to their own questions so eloquently? You ask why I’d have a dressup website of someone’s horrific death, then follow that with “Jesus has risen, is alive, and up in heaven on his throne!”
I dressup this horrific “sacrifice” because it was no sacrifice at all. Just as you described. There was no loss for Jesus (or his father) if he rose up to be by his dad’s side in paradise forever. Sacrifice, Erin, requires a loss of some sort. If no loss can be accounted for, there is no sacrifice. Thus, I am depicting a trivial event where no sacrifice took place. None that can be explained logically.
Hell, I’d even go so far as to suggest that Christians around the world would be wise to doubt if any payment at all has been made for their sins if no loss can be reasonably explained! I don’t mean to terrify you with the reality that you all might ultimately be held accountable for your own wrongdoings, but it seems a very real possibility if you actually examine the payment plan.
And Erin, I would be extra cautious about assuming your sins have been sufficiently paid for if you’d still consider following a repentant ex- genocidal leader. To me that seems an awfully risky chance to be taking. How does one assess if someone is truly sorry, especially if you’re dealing with a megalomaniac? I mean, if you accidentally make him your leader and you’re wrong about his repentance, you’d be partially responsible for the next Jonestown, Branch Dividian or Manson Family! It’s no coincidence that almost all the followers of those cults were raised in the beliefs such as yours. Doesn’t that tell you something?
Then imagine you die and God says, “Sacrifice? What sacrifice? Jesus came straight to paradise afterwards. Didn’t you do the math? Nothing’s been paid for. Okay, so let’s start with your list of sins and see what you’ve got to pay for YOURSELF!”
Seems to me an awful lot of assuming is going on here with hardly any emphasis on thought. I’m happy though to see you’re still searching for answers. Keep searching. I’m happy to answer your questions. Look in your heart and really think about whether or not a repentant megalomaniac should really be promoted a second time to a leadership position. Don’t look to what a megalomaniac says you should do. Develop the moral compass within yourself. That’s what I do.