Hard Questions or Bad Objections? Part 10

As we continue in this series of responses to J.H. McKenna’s article, we look at at this “little thing”,

Why are Judas and Pilate not counted as saints since they were the direct cause of Jesus’s saving death? Why are there no statues of Judas and Pilate?

I’m just spit-balling here but I’m guessing that it has something to do with the fact that they rejected Christ, and that the actual cause of Christ’s death was his self-giving not what was done to him. Next.

Upon close inspection, none of the purported ‘prophecies’ predicting aspects of Jesus’s life in the Old Testament have anything to do with Jesus in the original Old Testament passages.

Yeah, that’s kinda the point: God was not about to tip his hand to those who had pitted themselves against him in their rebellion, so the prophecies had to be purposefully obscure or have an indirect fulfillment. There was obviously something that was clear because there was an inherent expectation in the 2nd temple period that the appearance of the Messiah was imminent, namely a careful reading of the prophesies of Daniel and Ezekiel. There also seems to be a tendency to ignore the fact that Christ had to spend 40 days following his resurrection opening the scriptures to them.

Christianity says there was a war in heaven between the angels of Satan and the angels of Michael. A ‘war’ between supernatural beings who cannot be injured or bleed?

Whoever said that supernatural beings could not be injured? We don’t understand the difference between the physical and immaterial realms of existence, that’s something that Scripture simply doesn’t address and Christians shouldn’t concern themselves with because all that we’re told is that there was a war in heaven and that there was a celestial fallout. That’s it, no elaboration. I’m satisfied with the question, but it’s not something that I worry about.

If angels in heaven could sin, as Satan and his rebel angels did, what guarantee do we have that humans won’t sin after they arrive in heaven? Or, if saved humans in heaven will not be able to sin, couldn’t God have made such impeccable humans on earth to begin with?

These are actually good questions, questions that have long bothered theologians. What can be derived from Scripture is that whatever it is in man that causes us to sin will be removed and we will no longer desire to rebel from God, we will be free to sin but not have the desire to do so. I think that I have said this before that, in the beginning, man was free to sin, after the fall man could do nothing but sin, and after being saved man can choose not to sin. What will cause that is the redeemed’s proximity to his God. God made man to reflect his image, which included the ability to choose. The first man chose to sin and the last man chose to please God. If you are saved, you are given the life of the last man and are made like him to please God.

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2 thoughts on “Hard Questions or Bad Objections? Part 10

  1. Just a stab in the dark, off the top of my head (and that’s not a mixed metaphor if my head is really sharp – my comment may prove otherwise, however), but wouldn’t the issue of not sinning after we get to heaven have something to do with a changed nature in conjunction with new body, not the one prone to sin?

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