McLaren is rethinking Jesus' mission on Earth, and even the purpose of the crucifixion.
McLaren says modern evangelicalism underplays that Jesus — who spent most of his time with the poor, the sick and the sinners — saved his wrath primarily for hard-core religious leaders.
Others, such as Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, say McLaren's view of Jesus and the crucifixion is like a shot to the heart of Christian beliefs.
"Did Jesus go to the cross as a mere victim? If so, then we have no Gospel, we have no hope of everlasting life," Mohler says. "Did Jesus go merely as a political prisoner, executed because he had offended the regime? Well, if so, that's a very interesting chapter of human history, but I'm not going to stake my life on it, much less my hope for eternity."
asked 26 Mar '10, 15:34
Jesus went to the cross because he knew the outcome did not really matter. I believe that his message is that we cannot be destroyed no matter what.
answered 26 Mar '10, 16:38
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