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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.
LOL, awesome. Love Jesus and Mo!
When did he start covering Mo up?
Off my previous topic, but I never thought of that before…it’s not really such a big gesture to die for someone if you’re immortal and able to resurrect when you feel like your point has been made.
Being omnipotent is probably more necessary.
In Greek myth, Prometheus who was immortal got sentenced by Zeus to having a vulture tear out his liver everyday (and each night it grew back). Prometheus’s crime, giving mankind fire, even though, being gifted with foresight, he knew how Zeus would react.
Mo feels sexy in his covering. Wtf is it called I can’t remember.
OK, a burka. The smaller head covering, which can look very good, is called a hijab.
I just posted on this very issue last week, which generated some interesting theist conversation in the comments. The blog post is called, “Is That Really A Sacrifice?” You can see it here… http://theskepticalmagician.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/is-that-really-a-sacrifice/
So does that mean when I sin now, it’s infinite offence all over again and the cycle needs to repeat?
Not if you’re a born-again Christian. That’s like having a perpetual “Get out of Hell Free” card — you can sin as much as you like (and, in fact, be a regular bitch to non-believers) with no fear of divine retribution because you’ve been washed in the Blood of the Lamb. Or something like that.
No. Your doomed from birth since you inherited your sin, which as a mortal, you can never repay, unless you throw yourself in with Con Artists, Rapists, Murders, and other criminals agianst humanity. When your with them you are “saved”. Makes perfect sense!
If anyone deserves our gratitude, it’s Judas and/or the Romans who carried out the crucifixion, since they have made an infinitely bigger sacrifice than Jesus ever did. After all, Jesus only went to hell for a measly day and a half. The people who carried out the indispensable act of killing Jesus have to stay in hell forever.
I’m going to take a shot at the Devil’s Advocate position just for fun:
While it may seem that Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t much of a sacrifice, the important concept is that the resurrection represents a victory over both sin and death. A sin against god does not have to be infinite because of the resurrection; therefore the sacrifice is not required to be infinite either. So, to the unfaithful the sin IS infinite, and therefore so is the punishment. Only the believers in the resurrection are afforded the benefits of the resurrection, i.e. the conquering of infinite sin.
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