Larry Alford said, “That was The Best explanation of Hell, Theology, and Love,i.e., all in less than an hour.”
The Place. – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ncg-studios
I have listened to Michael Jones’ message about God being love, and love keeps no records of wrong, and hence hell doesn’t make sense. I agree with this basic premise because the basic foundation of my understanding of God is that God is love. In one of my blogs “Knowing the fullness of God’s love and debunking the myth of hell“, I concluded:
“This is our very foundation by which all other teachings should revolve around and should be based on and should be measured upon. The foundation is simply “God is love”. Nothing else. And perfect love casts out fear, for fear involves torment. We are blessed to know the love of God, and may we continue to know more and more the love of Christ, and to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory both now and forever.”
Yea, to me, any interpretation of any scripture or theology or philosophy needs to be measured in terms of the basic foundation of love – the love that casts out fear, whether it is fear of condemnation or separation or punishment.
I think Michael Jones made a very good point that since God is love, and love keeps no records of wrong, then it does not make any sense for God to punish or require a sacrifice to atone for people’s wrongs. The “atonement for sin” theology therefore is man’s theology. I agree Jesus came to help people repent (change their mindset) about God – that the idea of “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” is not compatible with God’s love (which keeps no records of wrong), and that God’s heart is to love one’s enemies.
This also answers the question “If God doesn’t require sacrifice for “sins”, then why did Jesus die on the cross?” because Jesus’ suffering and death was to demonstrate what Jesus himself taught in the sermon on the mount – he did not return an eye for an eye when he was beaten, and instead he blessed those who cursed him, and prayed for those who persecuted him. The cross is a demonstration of the love of God which keeps no records of wrong, and not to atone for so-called sins (which man-made religions have mistakenly taught).
I applaud Michael Jones for publicly challenging the myth of christian hell and the theology of sin and atonement (which the Jews borrowed from some pagan religions), and for encouraging people to cultivate intellectual honesty when reading the bible.