Reflection on “Love, Not Atonement”
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Today is Good Friday. A solemn day by tradition; a day to reflect on Jesus’ Passion and death on the cross…the day that Jesus died in order to redeem our sins.
I love my faith. I live my faith. But something about this image has never seemed right to me. I have struggled with venerating Jesus’ mangled body hanging on cross. Not because I feel guilty that He died for me, but because I think most of Christian theology misses the point. The whole John 3:16 thing isn’t what a loving parent, a loving God would require as retribution for our fuck-ups…karma or not.
I have started countless blog posts on this topic, trashing them all because they sound preachy and almost heretical.
Then I received a daily devotional email from my favorite Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr. He recently wrote a piece saying EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to explain to people my whole life!
And since he is a much more articulate and accomplished writer than I, I will share that link with you here: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Richard-Rohr-s-Meditation–Love–Not-Atonement.html?aid=iXa_UNn2YaQ&soid=1103098668616
“We all need to know that God does not love us because we are good; God loves us because God is good. Nothing humans can do will ever decrease or increase God’s eternal eagerness to love.” – Richard Rohr
In the Risen Christ,