This question has to do with the sacrificial death for fogiveness of sins. Hebrew writings require animal sacrifices while Christian Scriptures require human sacrifice. I have pondered this question. If it was God's CHOICE, why did He choose that and not something else? Why require physical death and eternal damnation if something else would suffice? If it His CHARACTER, then God did not have a choice, which seems to be another conundrum. When you answer, please indicate which (if either) is your belief and why you believe it. Thanks for taking time to give your valuable input.
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I am interested in "the law of existence that just is." and "It's not that He can choose one way or the other." These answers deal directly with my question. Does this imply there is some "Eternal Concept" that determines God's actions?
perhaps both extends from and a requirement from. we were created by HIM. severed from HIm thru sin. wages of sin=death.death (sacrifice) atones for sin. atonement returns us to HIM. full circle. at least for those who accept. alwys free choice.
Thank you timcgaa70, your comment still focuses on the purpose and result of sacrifice. I am looking NOT for WHAT a sacrifice is and what it does, but WHY God chose sacrifice in the first place?
Being a just and fair God, I guess you could say He kind of didn't have a choice. Adam an Eve's sin sort of forced Him to make a way for their offspring who would be born sinners to atone for their sins. He could have wiped them out and started over.
Thanks xanzacow. something tells me He would have been starting over and over and over. Doesn't this mean God would be reacting to Adam's and Eve's actions. That would be like making the plan up as He went along. Good thinking though thanks.
Yes with giving mankind free will, he would be adjusting his plan from time to time just as we as parents must do with our children. You raise an interesting question.
I like straightforward answers, which is what you have given. I can see this issue going either way. Yours requires God to react to man, and Mr Love Doctor's has something above or prior to God, namely the "Law of Existence" which God cannot repeal.
this should have been in the forums i cant respond as fully with what i am thinking here not enough room.
I agree timcgaa70. Sorry for the lack of forsight on that. I suppose it can't be reintroduced in the forums at this point?
you can re-ask it in forums ...it would not harm anything to do so
I totally agree.
Thank you JThomp42, I appreciate your thoughts. Do me a favor and re-read my question. I'd like some input on that too.
You are welcome Cam. I did read your question. This is my beliefs. It's all in the bible.
I understand that this is what you believe and I am not contesting that at all. My question is NOT about what sacrifice is and does. What I am asking is WHY God chose sacrifice over some other method of providing forgiveness.