Saturday, November 28, 2020

Substitutionary atonement and intuition

It might seem counterintuitive to some people that punishing an innocent person can satisfy the demands of justice against a guilty person. It may be correct, but there is an intuitive barrier to get over.


Kevin said...

From a strictly human perspective, it definitely makes no sense in a direct comparison.

The closest we could get would be something like financial debt, for example your child gets in heavy credit card debt and you pay it off for him. It is proper for the creditor to then declare the debt paid, despite it not being paid by the actual debtor.

finney said...

The problem is that, intuitively, if one person bears the punishment, then no one else does. But we obviously die. So Jesus couldn't have substituted death.