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There are many different perspectives that people have regarding this topic.
From a Christian perspective, Jesus (an extension of God) died for everyone's sins. He did this so that we could be forgiven for our sins and be with the Lord when we die. This perspective also holds that all people are sinners. He took all of this sin into His Body and died on the cross for us. God says that those who commit sin must be punished (or die) and this is why Jesus has taken this sin for us.
The Christian religion uses the bible to profess this claim, and it's concept is very simple, however it is hard for humanity to grasp.
God sent his son, Jesus (God in flesh) to die because God is love. God created man for relationship with him and when early in the story of the beginning of the earth man sinned, this created a separation between God and man. That wasn't God's intention for what he created, but it happened. So, there had to be a fix to the problem of sin. Man is now incapable of being perfect, therefore an atonement of some kind had to occur. That something was Jesus' death on the cross. The idea is this, when he died, he bore the sin of the world past, present and future... the sins that would be forgiven that is. These are the sins of those who accept his offer of relationship and engage in it.
The bible is an extremely long work to assess and evaluate, however, I think I John 4 in the new testament is a chapter about God's love which might be a good place to start for an answer to your question.
Of course, no one knows this for sure. In fact, only Christians believe that this happened, so huge numbers of people in the world today do not believe that it did happen.
According to Christian theology, God did this because he loves people. There is a verse in the New Testament (John 3:16) that starts "for God so loved the world..." This verse is saying that God sent Jesus to come and live and die on Earth because he loves people and does not want them to be condemned to eternal torture for their sins.
It is ironic, isn't it?
God, who created sin and placed that sin right under the nose of Adam and Eve, whom he purposefully created to be curious and liable to temptation, got really really mad at mankind and cursed them with ever-lasting sin because they behaved in exactly according to their human characteristics (which God created).
Then, this immortal God that made all human lives hard and miserable in the first place, 'dies' for our sins (how does an immortal God 'die'?) and lays a huge heavy guilt trip on top of the blame for original sin.
But hey! Don't forget that he really really loves you, ok?
While I do not believe that anyone died for our sins, I will give you as much of a factual answer as possible.
In the Bible it says the Jesus Christ died for our sins. From the things I have been taught, Jesus is God's son, so therefore not him, but it has also been said that he is God (confusing, I know).
It has also been said the Jesus died for our sins to protect us and make sure we weren't sent to Hell, because if he didn't that's where we would all go.
It seems that people have been misunderstanding me and what I am saying. I don't actually mean to sound to harsh and cruel and stuckup, but after reading my posts again, I can see how it can be taken in a really bad way.
I guess I've been a little bit overboard in discussing things, so I'll quieten down now. Sorry about that, everybody!
If you don't believe in God, I personally think you shouldn't even be discussing this topic. - Luiji
And quietly leave the public square with my head held low? No, thanks. Religion has demanded silent respect for way too long. And persecuted atheists and agnostics for way too long. We're out, we're proud and we are not going anywhere, Sunshine. If you don't like it, as you so bluntly phrased it, 'it's your funeral'. And I would politely request that you never again tell an atheist that they have no right to speak. We are not a dirty little secret and we have a very long list of problematic questions and we are going to ask them. :-) You are not going to stop us.
Now then... you claim that Ezekiel is only prophesy and ''it's not meant to be taken literally''. Annnnnnd yeeeet in other posts on Enotes you have claimed that the prophecies in the Bible literally came true and are literally true and prove the Bible is infallible.
See the double-think there? Do you see how you present mutually conflicting claims about the Bible to protect your faith from difficult realities?? You claim Biblical prophecy is both literally true and yet not literally true. One or the other, not both, please.
However you spin it, your God, in the Bible, is screaming for the bloody slaughter of men, women and children. Prophecy or otherwise, it simply isn't love. And if Ezekiel's prophecies are not to your tastes, we can easily shift to another book...
And at midnight the LORD killed all the firstborn sons in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn son of the captive in the dungeon. Even the firstborn of their livestock were killed. Pharaoh and his officials and all the people of Egypt woke up during the night, and loud wailing was heard throughout the land of Egypt. There was not a single house where someone had not died. (Exodus 12:29-30 NLT)
A universal slaughter of innocent Egyptian children as collective punishment for the decision of Pharaoh. Now, this is obscene and disgusting behaviour by God. But what's worse is that we are told God hardened Pharaoh's heart to Moses. In other words, God forced Pharaoh to say, ''No'' to Moses, and then He luxuriated in an orgy of killing and massacred the oldest child of every family in Egypt in retribution.
That's love, is it?
The text you took from Ezekiel 9 is completely out of context. Ezekiel is a prophesy, it's not meant to be taken literally, and you should study into what it is saying, rather than taking it out of context.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave up His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life". (Gospel of John)
God loves me and all those who show faithfulness to Him. If you don't want to believe that, then don't. It's your funeral, literally.
If you don't believe in God, I personally think you shouldn't even be discussing this topic.
Don't ever refer to God as Allah. There is big differences, you know.
I cannot believe you think such things about God. God is love. Everything He does for us is because He loves us. He allowed sin to enter into this world because He loves us. Who are you to accuse Him in such a way?
Jesus did die. He had to die, to conquer death once and for all. After His death he spent three days in heaven, then returned to earth and conquered death completely.
I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS TO REALISE THAT JESUS CHRIST WAS 100% GOD AND 100% MAN. THEREFORE, HE HAD POWER TO DIE, CONQUER DEATH AND PAY FOR OUR SINS. EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD. CONFESSING THAT JESUS DIDN'T ACTUALLY DIE IS SAYING THAT GOD DOESN'T HAVE THE POWER TO SAVE US FROM OUR SINS.
Jesus Christ (the supposed) god of Christians did not actually die on the cross. Because historical and biblical references clearly show that he was crucified but never died on the cross. In the Old Testament it is written clearly that one dies on the cross is accursed. So how can a prophet be accursed??
And it is evident in the New testament that Jesus had been praying for his protection from God so he was reluctant to be crucified.After he had been crucified and survived the death on the cross he appeared to his disciples. Following are the references from Bible.
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is myself; handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have4
He took from them boiled fish and a piece of honeycomb and ate them in their presence.5
(Luke 24:42, 43.)
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first i dont believe in that.how allah,the creator of all beings,takes a son.God is one.jesus is just a messanger and prophet from the ALMIGHTY GOD to guide the people to the proper morals.if jesus is really the son of God , hence He is also god (the son of human is human and the sun of horse is a horse),how does god die?
gods don't die....
God didn't die for our sins, Jesus did.
He did it becasue he loved us
I cannot believe you think such things about God. - luiji
Well, Toots, I do. I think the God of the Bible is a non-existent, savage, homicidal nutcase who displays all the twisted, bitter, human cruelty of the primitive human authors who created him.
Who are you to accuse Him in such a way? - luiji
I'm a real person that actually exists and I have every right to question Christians (who stomp about telling everyone what is absolutely right and wrong.) about their claims. For example, you told me that 'God is Love', and my reply is... No he's not, he's a homicidal baby-killer.
"Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told." (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)
And there is plenty more stuff like that.
God is love? Really Luiji? Really???
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