For Part 5, click here: The Faulty Foundations of Faith Alone – Part 5: Jesus Paid the Penalty For Our Sins?
Or start at the beginning: The Faulty Foundations of Faith Alone – Part 1: God is a Trinity of Persons?
As shown in Part 5, the whole idea that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins is not only completely non-Biblical, but is diametrically opposed to the Bible’s plain teaching that God neither condemns the innocent nor acquits the guilty—and neither must we.
And yet, somehow Jesus paying the penalty for our sins is supposed to satisfy God the Father’s justice, and appease God the Father’s wrath.
It would be hard for anything to be more false than this.
6. This satisfied the Father’s justice, and appeased the Father’s wrath?
- The wrath of God, as presented in the Bible, is directed at those who sin by breaking God’s commandments.
- The justice of God, as presented in the Bible, requires that the guilty be punished and the innocent be exonerated.
Even someone who formerly sinned and broke God’s commandments, but has repented and now obeys God’s commandments, will not be punished under God’s system of justice. Here is how this principle is presented in the Old Testament:
The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.
But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die. None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die. (Ezekiel 18:20–24, italics added)
And here is how the same principle is presented in the New Testament:
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God will repay each person according to what they have done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. (Romans 2:5–11)
There is not a single case in the Bible in which God’s wrath is appeased without the sinners themselves either repenting or being punished.
And there is not a single case in the Bible in which God’s justice is satisfied by an innocent person being punished instead of a guilty one.
If an innocent person is put to death when a guilty person should have, God’s justice is in no way satisfied, and God still does not acquit the guilty. The wrath of God continues to be on those who sin, and the salvation of God continues to go to those who stop sinning. This is the plain teaching of the Bible.
Nowhere in the entire Bible does it say that God’s wrath is satisfied when Jesus Christ, who was innocent, died instead of a guilty sinner. And nowhere in the Bible does it say that God will declare the guilty innocent because Jesus’ death on the cross satisfied God’s justice. It’s simply not there. These ideas were pure inventions by human theologians who ignored the Bible’s plain teachings and substituted their own false ideas, “teaching human precepts as doctrines” (Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7).
The idea that Christ dying instead of us satisfied God’s justice and appeased God’s wrath is the sixth faulty, non-Biblical foundation of faith alone.
For Part 7, click here: The Faulty Foundations of Faith Alone – Part 7: Imputed Righteousness?
For further reading:
- Did Jesus Really Die to Pay the Penalty for our Sins?!?
- What is the Wrath of God? Why was the Old Testament God so Angry, yet Jesus was so Peaceful?
- What about Violent Religions? Is God Really Bloodthirsty and Vengeful?
- What is the Meaning of the Hyssop Used to Help Satisfy Jesus’ Thirst on the Cross?
- Are We Saved in an Instant? How was the Thief on the Cross Saved?