How Does the Cross Affect Us?

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.  One of the most basic Christian beliefs is that, in order to be forgiven, in order to be saved, you have to trust in what Jesus did for us on the Cross.  Last week, I talked about the “Objective Atonement”, how the Cross works from God’s side of things, how it affects God so as to enable Him to create, forgive, and love sinners like us.  This week, I’m going to talk about the “Subjective Atonement”, how the Cross works from our side of things, how it affects us.  This is in response to a group of insightful questions someone recently asked about the Cross.

What if Jesus Didn't Die?

Over thirty years ago, a hugely controversial movie called The Last Temptation of Christ hit the screens.  It was based on a book with the same title written decades before by Nikos Kazantzakis.  As I recall, it followed the narrative of the novel fairly closely.  The reason the movie caused such a stir--it was a major story in the mainstream press for many weeks--is because it vividly depicted Jesus in situations of real temptation.

Was Jesus

Was Jesus “woke”?  Not originally according to one YouTuber I recently heard about.  He claims Jesus was as prejudiced as anyone of His day.  He shared the racial biases every other Jew held against non-Jews.  It was an encounter He had one day with a Syro-Phoenician woman that made Him as “woke” as He was. 

Is the COVID Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?

Is the Corona Virus Vaccine the “Mark of the Beast” that Revelation 13:16-18 talks about?  Over the past few weeks, I’ve heard a number of people speculating that it is.  Then, this week, I had someone request that I address this question in this blog.  In order to answer this question, I have to answer another question first: What is the “Mark of the Beast”?

Easter Just a Pep Talk?

He’s alive!  He’s alive!  Thank God Almighty, He’s alive!  I can’t count how many great Easter sermons I’ve heard over the years.  Like a rousing pep talk, they fire you up and inspire hope.  Hope in Jesus’ resurrection.  Hope that, because He lives, so will we.  Hope that we will spend eternity with Him in paradise.  But is that all there is to Easter?  A great pep talk? 

Why Must the Cross be so Absurd?

“We proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.  But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.  For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” (I Corinthians 1:23-25)  This is Holy Week.  This week, millions of Christians will proclaim Christ crucified.  Christ crucified will be front and center in their celebrations.  Indeed, Christ crucified is the very heart of their faith. 

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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