Be true to your heart
Live in the love of God
John speaks to us in verse 21,
“Beloved if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”
Jesus, I do not think you died for our sins…I think you died because of our sins…
Our inability to take responsibility for our own choices…caused your death.
You became the scapegoat.
I realize that I will have many theologians on my case because of what I write.
However, reflecting upon the Old Testament and remembering that God stopped Abraham from killing his one and only son, Isaac…and telling Abraham that he did NOT want human sacrifices…why would he change that, and demand this His own Son be sacrificed?
It does not make sense to me, since according to Scripture, God does not will the death of anyone.
I can believe that Jesus died because OF our sinfulness. However, I do not believe the God willed the death of His Son or that Jesus had to die for our sins.
I do believe that it takes greater faith to live the Resurrected Jesus than the Crucified Jesus.
I do believe that by taking responsibility for our own choices and when exercising our personal freedom, we are becoming more Jesus-like…we more fully live Jesus to and for one another, which is what Jesus asked us to do.