Bible Study

Cruelty In The Bible?

Did God require His Son to be tortured?

THE CLAIMED CRUELTY: He [God] required the torture and murder of his own son (e.g., Romans 3:24-25)

...being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; - Romans 3:24-25

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I'm not sure why the humanist who wrote their web page selected this scripture. As usual, they don't explain themselves. They seem to be just throwing accusations out and hoping that maybe one or two will stick. But, in this case it would seem they could come up with a better scripture for this accusation. All four gospels describe the physical torture and death of Jesus Christ on the cross.

In addition, the verses they have referenced from Romans are being ripped out of their context... which is that of Paul answering a question: How can a man be in the right before God? That's a truly important question. And the answer is... only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

But... without regard to the scripture the humanist reference, let's look at the claim they have asserted: God required the torture and murder of his own son.

There are certainly a lot of emotion packed words there. As with other humanists statements they are trying to influence the reader to come to a wrong conclusion by using misleading and emotion packed language. Let's learn the truth in a logical, step-by-step manner:

Who put Jesus on the cross? You did. Your sin did. God did not require Jesus to go to the cross, you put Him there. There was no other option.

What was Jesus' attitude about going to the cross? He willingly went to the cross out of love for you. God did not require that the Son be tortured and killed... That is a false statement. Jesus willingly went to the cross because He loves you and wants you to live.

I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. - John 10:17b-18a

Conclusion: It was because of your sin that Jesus went to the cross. He did it on His own initiative, out of love for you, so that you might have life. There is nothing evil or immoral here, just love.

Next example: [God is cruel because] he promised to send non-Christians to eternal torture (e.g., Revelation 21:8).

Click here... yes, all non-Christians end up in the eternal lake of fire and brimstone, but God doesn't send them there.