When I hear Christians talk about redemption I can’t help but think that chastising them is insufficient. It’s as though they’re trying to find any way possible to cheapen the concept.

In my eyes it is one of the most beautiful facets of our humanity that few of us are ultimately beyond emancipation for past failures. But we all pay a price for redemption, and it’s not as uncostly as believing in miracles. It is a paltry thing to want to be free of the guilt of our past. However, to deserve to live without shame is a harrowing process. It is a monumental undertaking that can take the dedication of years, if not the entirety of our lives. Nobody embarks on that march who does not also carry the weight of an admirable conscience.

To say that a person can conquer the path to redemption merely by forgetting that man is mortal is an insult to the best, most noble virtues of humankind. It leaves me powerless not to absolutely loathe Christianity.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Kevin Pettay

    Still waiting for you to write a book, J.T.

  • Mark

    Redemption is a costly prospect, without a doubt, but who gets to judge when proper restitution has been made?

  • Rebecca

    May I suggest that Christians who have such an understanding of redemption do not fully appreciate the depth and labor of the faith they claim to have. I agree – it is not a light and easy “oops, well God will forgive me *GRIN!*”. That’s a vacuous manipulation.

    I suggest that faith in a God (or whatever name have you) that loves you and gives you the experience of forgiveness, who will surround you with people and confront you with challenges — faith that you COULD perhaps escape that person who you were, that action you committed (or the sin of omission) by: taking consequences, taking responsibility, changing what you can and accepting what you cannot.. that is beautiful. This is faith that there is something greater than yourself, that with hard work and humility and exuberance you can connect with it, and better with others.

    I respect your belief in no God, and would challenge those who claim one to live up to its challenge and not parade the name meaninglessly.

  • Art Vandelay

    Rebecca, why do you need faith in God to accept responsibility and take consequences and change what you can? I mean, what role would he/she/it possibly play in that process?