reply to post by junglejake
Hey jake! I'll not go into the other stuff, because it moves faar away from being on topic, but I don't really think your analogy applies. It is
more like the lawyer has inside knowledge of the judge, and is secretly friends with most of the jury. Would a man on trial for murder pick him? Of
course! That doesn't make it fair, though, nor does it make it 'justice'.
This means that Jesus COULD NOT have sinned. All that 'temptation' was nonsense, because Jesus was God. How on earth can the devil presume to be
able to tempt God? Despite this, you could say that Jesus was also purely man, so the temptation might have been effective. But if Jesus was purely
man, then that means that a man can do the same!
According to the Christian doctrine, man is on trial here, because of what Adam did at the beginning (and, according to Christianity, in extension,
what man is sullied with because of this). According to Christianity, if a man was born, lived without sin, and died in sacrifice through no fault of
his own, this would alleviate the rest of humanity from sin. If God is required for this, then why have all the rigmarole in the first place? God
could've done one of two things:
* Send the triune 'Jesus' part of himself to live life on earth as a man without sin, die through no fault of his own, with immense suffering and
then come back to life (hence nullifying the 'sacrifice' part of the deal) and ascend to heaven, and through this given humanity a chance to
salvation through believing in this sacrifice.
* God could've said (or sent someone who'd say that He said) "Hey, humanity, I forgive you. Believe in me and live your life doing good deeds. Like
I absolved Abraham from sacrificing his son, so I absolve you (or Myself) from needing to kill anybody or appease me with sinless blood".
After all, God is the infinite, the ultimate, the total source of mercy, right? Justice tempered with mercy.
[edit on 20-11-2007 by babloyi]