Continued from previous post…
Jesus was sent to take back the power that has been handed over to idols, to defeat them and to break the chains of slavery that held humanity in their grip. Because he is Israel’s King (Messiah) he can appropriately be our representative on the battlefield (think of David and Goliath); because he is our representative, he is our substitute and bears the full fury of the evil we empowered; because he rose from the dead, he proved to have emerged victorious, thus robbing evil of its power over those who believe in him. However, the Resurrection goes even a step further than this, for on that day God began the restoration of the work of Creation that was begun in Genesis 1 & 2. The blood of Christ purified the world so that there would no longer be any barrier between God and his people (this is how “atonement” worked in the Jewish Temple), and the Biblical vision of New Creation of a New Heaven and New Earth coming together as one was fulfilled. This is what Jesus meant by the coming of the Kingdom of God.
There is nothing incoherent about this very Jewish story, which runs straight through the Old Testament all the way to the book of Revelation. However, when you assume a platonic eschatology (we are souls seeking to return to heaven) and a moral anthropology (the knowledge of good and evil trumps our relationship with God, which was the sin of Adam & Eve) and a pagan soteriology (sacrifice understood as the death of an innocent victim in order to appease the wrath of the god), then you introduce all sorts of misconceptions and internal contradictions that are derived from pagan world.
If you want to make sense of Christianity, you need to change your way of thinking. The word for that is conversion.
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