[quote=dcdurel]That is why you need to study what the Church teaches. Biblical scholars and theologians seldom have a good understanding of what the Church teaches. And Church teachings come from God, through the apostles. Biblical scholars pick up their ideas from other men and their own reasoning.
I said that Jesus did not have to suffer and die, and that just be becoming man He could have redeemed all of us.
But this is contradicted in the very article you posted:
Necessary under certain conditions
Nevertheless, as Aquinas pointed out, there’s a difference between being* absolutely *necessary and being necessary *given certain conditions. *In the case of Jesus’ Passion, by the time Christ had come into the world, certain crucial conditions were already in place: God the Father had already ordained that this was the way our salvation would be accomplished. And his foreknowledge of these events had already been manifested in divine revelation to the prophets and recorded in Scripture.
**Given these conditions, Aquinas concluded, it was correct for Christ to say that he must suffer, that it was necessary, because at that point the matter was already settled: What the Father ordained could not be avoided, and what he foreknew could not be mistaken. As our Lord put it at the Last Supper, “The hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined” (Luke 22:21–22, emphasis added).
This is true, because God can do anything. But, he freely chose to suffer and die for our salvation. It was not required.
1019. “Jesus, the Son of God, freely suffered death for us in complete and free submission to the will of God, his Father. By his death he has conquered death, and so opened the possibility of salvation to all men.”
See this link for more.
That was a great article, and did show how God could have chosen any method to allow our salvation. But once he DID choose Jesus- it was NECESSARY for Jesus to die and suffer- as is stated in the article you cite.
Several wonderfull things resulted from this method of salvation which God choose:
It inspires us to love. And more importantly, love in a “world that is broken”.
It gave Christ an opportunity to prove His Divinity through such obedience and selfless love.
It showed us a way to have Faith and Hope in God and His plan for us.
Finally “because it redounded to humanity’s greater dignity (ST 3:46:4). Of course, to simply have God become man in the Incarnation was an honor beyond all telling. But in Christ’s suffering, our race was granted more honor still.”
To avoid hijacking the thread any further, we should maybe take this to another thread if you still have comments or questions…