How Christians Embraced Virgin Sacrifice

How Christians Embraced Virgin Sacrifice December 24, 2019

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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  • God Family Country

    Jesus didn’t just forgive. He also urges people to avoid sin. That is why he says that if your right eye causes you to sin, it is better to cut it off because it is better to enter eternal life with one eye than to enter eternal fire with two (Matthew 18:9). Funny how “progressive Christians” love to overlook that! But then again, they just want Christianity to be a feel good religion that overlooks sins condemned by Scripture as long as they don’t “harm anyone”.

  • Al Cruise

    ” Funny how “progressive Christians” love to overlook that! ” Why then do you conservative Christians sin so willfully and then try to cover it up?
    https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/february/southern-baptist-abuse-investigation-houston-chronicle-sbc.html

  • Cletus Safari

    Change “God” to “Work” and you have the slogan of Vichy France, which could also be the slogan of the American conservative movement.

    Things that make you go, “Hmmm…”

  • daroncrass

    Keith. Help me understand the purpose of Jesus death and redirection. From the perspective of this article.

  • Amtep

    I’ve heard it’s because Satan tries to destroy these virtuous men. They’re just too dang virtuous.

  • Herm

    Keith, are you restricting the word of God to twitter standards? “Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by keithgiles.”

  • Iain Lovejoy

    Firstly, misquote: Matthew 18:9 doesn’t say “eternal fire” it says “the fire of Gehenna” which is not the same thing, particularly as Gehenna, in Jewish thought, was a place you went to account for and be cleansed of your sins before entering into Paradise, not a place of final punishment.
    Secondly, what on earth has this got to do with Keith’s article? It is your ‮toidi‬ theology which insists that sin is irrelevant, that we need do nothing about actually stopping sinning because a ‮nigriv‬ has been sacrificed instead. In have no idea what Keith’s theology of the cross is, but the belief of the church for its first thousand years, until Anselm of Canterbury decided he didn’t like it, was that the problem is not God, because God freely forgives us for all that we do, but us, in that we are harming and killing ourselves by our sins, and in God’s forgiveness he sent Jesus to enable us to free ourselves of our sin so we would stop harming and killing ourselves by sinning.
    And yes, the Bible says quite clearly that the wages of sin are death, and it is precisely and only because sin harms and kills us that it is sin, and why God wants, for our sake, to stop us doing it.
    That is the historic faith of the Church, and what the Bible actually says, not your nonsense penal substitution.

  • d_hochberg

    Obviously the apostle Paul is nit in agreement on this point since he tells us in many places that Christ indeed died for our sins. And see

    1 John 2:2 -[Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (NIV)

    1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

    So how likely can it be that your hypothesis is more correct than Paul and the other writers of scripture?

  • Robert Morley

    Keith, you appear to have forgotten some key Scriptures, or you miss what they mean. Yes God and Jesus freely forgave, but it is in the context of His blood sacrifice that he could do this. It is also in context of ‘The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion’ (Ps. 11:5).
    Consider these Scriptures:
    ‘For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ (2:Cor. 5:21).
    Jesus is considered ‘the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world’ (Rev. 13:8).
    ‘God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood’ (Rom. 3:25).
    ‘…when Christ appeared as a high priest…he entered once for all into the holy places…by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls…sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. … not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood… without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins’ (Heb. 9:11-22).
    ‘This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’ (Matt 26:28).The Lords supper is an emblem of this sacrifice required for the covenant in which God would remember our sins and iniquities no more.
    ‘He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world’ (1 John 2:2)
    ‘In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins’ (1 John 4:10).
    ‘Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people’ (Heb. 2:17).
    Furthermore, forgiveness is conditional on our repentance toward God. ‘Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him’ (Ps. 2:12).