In recent years I have begun to object to two key doctrines of Christianity:
(1) Original sin – All people everywhere have inherited the guilt of Adam’s sin and therefore we all deserve the wrath of God;
(2) The substitutionary atonement – Jesus died on the cross to offer a perfect sacrifice for our sins so that we could all be forgiven through his blood.
Let’s compare these two doctrines with the Hebrew scriptures:
Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.
In those days people will no longer say,
‘The parents have eaten sour grapes,
and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge.
The one who sins…
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