Posted By Thomas Perez. August 26 at 8:31pm. Copyright 2016.
It has come to my attention that there seems to be a consensus of thought floating around the internet these days pertaining to a sentimental form of reasoning. Why would a loving God tourture His own Son in order to atone for sin, and in such manner, appease His judgement?
Some people can’t seem to get around there misplaced emotional humanistic ties to progressive theology; often calling the message of a loving blood sacrifice too violent, unnecessary and irrational. The sentiment is well understood. Yet, the very same people that question the synoptic Gospels, the book of John, the book of Acts, the Pauline epistles, the epistles of John, the book Jude and Revelation seem to forget that the actions of sacrifices is a constant running theme in the New Testamnet and the entire Bible. Perhaps if we were to look at their conclusions of good thoughts and sentiments from another perspective, we might find that there might exist a corallation between the traditional thought and the new growing sentimentality, rather than simply denying one of the central messages of the Canon.
One way to accomplish this is to see that the Father can actually sacrifice Himself in the person of a Son – His Son. But obviously God is singular. Therefore it, the title, is an expression, or can be seen as such – for no man has seen God – John 3:18. Yet it also claims that God became a man; Isa 7:14, 9:6, John 1:1-14, I Tim 3:16, I John 1:1-2, etc. And that He was touched and beheld (looked upon).
This viewpoint would be considered the Oneness of God (as in the roles of God being our – Father, Son and Holy Spirit), as opposed to a Trinitarian belief. A person can derail the lovely bloody sacrifice all they want too, but only from a Trinitarian position – but not from a Oneness position. I’am not denying the trinitarian position, I’am simply providing you, the reader, with another perspective – the Oneness perspective. You see, a person can be a son, a father and a husband; but can still be a man – ONE MAN.
Ergo, ONE GOD – and yes there are amatuer questions. Questions like, “well then, who was Jesus praying to?” – and “who was it that decended at His baptism?” – etc. The answer to those questions and others like them have been previously dealt with in other articles. I already dealt with them so fundementally that even a child can understand it.
A man (one man), can give his life to save his mother and/or father, it can also be said of that man that it was the son who gave his life for her/him. A man (one man), can give his life for his children, it can also be said of that man that it was the father that gave his life for his children. A man (one man), can give his life for his wife, and it can also be said that the husband gave his life for his bride.
Well, since God is God and He is considered the Father, and we His children, why does it seem far fetched to some that He wouldn’t, in a bloody fashion, sacrifice Himself to appease Yahweh (the god of this world and reconcile him too at the same time) for His children? Or why does it seem far fetched to some that the Son would actually volunteer to become a sacrifice for his Father and Mother (Sophia – the Son – the Word)? And why does it seem far fetched to some that the Groom/Husband would sacrifice Himself for his bride?
This is elementary. One God. Many roles.
God is actually called by all 3 names/roles. And ultimately God is a Spirit. So if know that to be true, then we must know the following to be true also: the Spirit is Lord – I Cor 3:17, the Spirit is the Son – Gal 4:6, the Spirit is the Father – Luke 3:22, and God is the Holy Spirit – Acts 5:1-4, II Sam 23:2-5, Psa 139:7-13, and everyone’s favorite verse, John 4:24 – God is Spirit. Bonus verses; Heb 9:14, 3:7-11 – the Holy Spirit is the Almighty.
The roles played a part in this glorious “bloody” Gospel that some find hard to shallow. The Father sacrificed Himself – Ezekiel 39:17-21, Rom 7:1-2, the Son Sacrificed Himself (obviously), and the Holy Spirit did too. “Oh c’mon Thomas, no way, not the Holy Spirit!” Oh yes He did. Please read between the lines, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” “Into thine hands I commit my Spirit.” Do you honestly think it was His spirit only (as in a man’s spirit)? Remember, we already know that God is a Spirit. And since that Spirit became flesh…well, you reason it out. And finally Acts 20:28 – One God shed His blood.
The roles even played a part in the resurrection – the Father raised Jesus – Gal 1:1, the Son/Jesus raised Himself – John 2:18-22, the Holy Spirit raised Jesus – Rom 8:11 (most people don’t see the Holy Spirit as having the power to raise Jesus from the dead, but Rom 8:11 confirms this). And finally, God raised Jesus from the dead – Rom 10:9.
This is the art of hermeneutics.