I remember some time ago, Derek Flood offered the Christus Victor view of the cross as a more plausible explanation of God’s nature and salvation plan compared to the penal substitution view. I agree God is non-violent and loving, instead of judgmental and vengeful. The penal substitution view of the cross has misrepresented the loving and non-violent nature of God. I agree with Derek Flood’s take that people have projected their worldly understanding of punitive justice onto the biblical text, as he revealed in his interview in this blog.
“At the same time, it has been deeply ingrained into our thinking that God demands retributive justice. For many Christians, this is inseparable from how they understand salvation. Consequently, in an effort to be true to the teachings of the Bible, many Christians struggle to believe it, even though it seems immoral and hurtful to them. They hate it, but…
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