Most Christians – if you ask them – will strongly deny that they believe in Virgin Sacrifice. But, if you start asking them a few specific questions about their theology, you’ll see that they actually DO embrace this theology.
For example: Ask them if they believe that Jesus was innocent and sinless. Most will say “Yes.”
Ask them if they think Jesus ever had sex with a woman. Most will say, “No!”
Ask them if they believe that Jesus had to die as a sacrifice for our sins. They will undoubtedly say, “Absolutely!”
Now, ask them if the reason that Jesus had to die was to appease the wrath of God against sinners. They will most likely affirm this as true.
So….that means that they believe that Jesus – a sinless virgin – had to be sacrificed so that his blood could appease the wrath of God against humans.
That, my friends, is classic Virgin Sacrifice theology.
How did we get here? Well, some Christians have gotten confused and entangled by an Atonement Theory like Penal Substitution which takes a few metaphors in scripture and carries them to extremely illogical conclusions – at the expense of what we see revealed about the Father as seen in Christ.
But, thankfully, there’s no need to embrace that primitive concept of a God of Wrath who demands a blood sacrifice of a sinless virgin in order to love and forgive us.
It’s, in fact, why Paul stresses to us that God, in Christ, was not counting our sins against us, but reconciling the world to Himself. [2 Cor. 5:19]
It’s also why we see Jesus forgiving sins left and right, without any need for blood sacrifice or even a confession or signs of repentance. Jesus just forgives. It’s how he responds to sin. It’s also how Jesus portrays the Father’s response to sin in the parable of the Prodigal Son. The Father just forgives – instantly and completely. There’s no wrath, no judgment, and no shedding of blood.
God is not like Zeus or Molech.
The “Abba” revealed to us by Jesus does not require blood to love us; nor a virgin sacrifice to forgive us.
We’re just loved. We’re simply forgiven.
This is who we are. This is who God is.This is very, very Good News.
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