“I see so much in the life and death of Jesus, but Iâ€™ve always had difficulty seeing an angry God that needed appeasing, and so I try (in tiny little ways) to live by those things. But because Iâ€™ve questioned that cornerstone theology, Iâ€™ve have had my faith and in fact my God questioned, been told itâ€™s a different God I pray to, and been asked why I would even want to call myself a Christian if I canâ€™t accept that most basic premise of the faith.”
The task for all of us is to, ahem, “Grow Mercy”. (The web site with the verb, as my brother-in-law pointed out.) Forgive that.
But not this: Only in learningÂ mercy, which is nothing short of aÂ walk in the wilderness, can it be shown that the so-called basic premise of faith (propitiative atonement theory) isÂ the same thing as our basic (premise) structure of human culture and religion.
What I mean is that the parable of the murderous labourers in the vinyard, (remember them?) and their collective expulsion ofÂ the victim, is at the root of culture and religion. ThisÂ is what Christ blows up. But half blind and ears ringing, we Christians still cling to atonement theory (sacrificial ways of being and understanding) because it’s all we know. (This is as good a definition of original sin as you’ll likely get from me.) Perhaps it’s just taking this long for the right concussive ripples to hit.