THEOLOGICAL NIT-PICK OF THE DAY

Surely it is the atheists who do bad who are redeemed by Christ, as it is with all of us. The good atheist has no need to be saved.

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THEOLOGICAL NIT-PICK OF THE DAY — 6 Comments

  1. The problem, as always, is one of free will (combined w/ “perfect knowledge”). Given perfect knowledge, no one is “redeemed by Jesus” AGAINST their will. But is there such a creature? [Naturally, there are plenty of atheists who will deny their knowledge is LESS perfect than anyone else’s! (and it probably isn’t less perfect)]

    But it is conceivable that an atheist could say “I KNOW that redemption by Jesus will give me perfect bliss—WITH perfect understanding (and, w/ my presence, perfect community)—eternally. But I reject it anyway.” Good, bad or indifferent, Jesus won’t—CAN’T—redeem them under those circumstances.” (What the alternative is, is certainly beyond my understanding)

    • I disagree. Everyone who is guilty is redeemed by Jesus whether they like it or not. Otherwise we make the action of God provisional.

    • But your way, it’s God saying “I’m going to rape you . . . thing is, you’re going to like it!” No, that doesn’t work for me.

    • No. I don’t think so. I think the redemptive act was all down to God. I don’t think it is dependent on us in the slightest.