I’ve been thinking, reading, and having a lot of discussion with friends lately about Christian theology. It’s been very interesting and eye-opening.
One thing I’ve found is that there’s considerable uncertainty and disagreement among Christians about the nature and purpose of Christ’s sacrifice. In particular, I’ve gotten two major responses to the question below, and both responses have come from multiple believers.
So I’m curious. If you’re a Christian, how would you answer the following question:
Was Christ’s sacrifice absolutely, fundamentally necessary for the salvation of mankind?
The two main responses:
- Yes, there’s simply no other way that humanity could have been saved.
- No — Christ’s sacrifice was important and central to salvation, but hypothetically, God could have saved humanity without it.
And of course there are many other possible answers, including: both/neither are somehow true, the question is flawed, I don’t know, it doesn’t matter, etc. But even if you think it doesn’t matter, I’d still be curious what you believe the answer is.
Let me know in the comments!