As a lifelong Catholic, the idea of Jesus’ death being a “ransom” for our sins has come to bother me a bit as I’ve grown up – I’m now in my late 20s. If God is all loving and all powerful and the creator of all things, who would He have to pay a ransom to?
And if the ransom had to be paid before we could enter heaven, what a bummer it must have been for everyone who died prior to Jesus’ crucifixion – forced to wait it out for thousands of years. This idea that God wouldn’t accept souls into heaven because of the sins of souls before them seems to contradict the idea of an all-loving and all-powerful God who loves all souls and has the power to bring all souls into His kingdom whenever He wants.
Please help me to understand this rationale better.
I have no problem believing that Jesus died “because” of our sins. After all, all of humankind is responsible for his death. It’s obvious to me that if Jesus came to our world today, humans would once again create the exact same result. His death always reminds us of our sinfulness.
I also have no problem believing that Jesus came to our world, died, and rose from the dead “for” us all. He brought us his Father’s message and had He not gone through the worst of what human sin is capable of creating: humiliation, torture, pain, suffering, and death, it would be much more difficult to accept His message. After all, had He arrived in this world living in luxury like a king, living in palaces, and never having to overcome un-pleasantries and obstacles in life, it would be much harder for us all to relate to His human experience.
It’s just this idea of a “ransom” needing to be paid by God for our souls that seems to contradict the God we know as being all-powerful, all-loving and the creator of all.