When you listen to the average Evangelist especially one who does not know one has any idea of Christianity, they tell you Jesus had to come die for our sins because in the ‘Olden Days’, people die instantly when they sin.
This lie is used most times to escape from situations when they get asked questions like, “If Jesus came to die for our sins, why do we still ask for forgiveness?”. A careful study of the Bible would make it clear that there had been the privilege of repentance and people do not necessarily die immediately they commit a sin.
Those who say people had to make offerings to atone for their sins should also remember that life was not just in Israel alone. Were this claim true, pagans in the then Egypt should have died immediately they sin but they NO. Let’s read the Bible;
The bible says in Deuteronomy 24:16,
“The father shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin“
We can also read in Ezekiel 18:20,
“The soul that sinneth shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him”.
These verses are refuting the idea that anyone shall die for the sins committed by another. We read further in Ezekiel chapter 18, verse 21 says,
“But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die“
Verse 22 says,
“All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned
unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live“
A Christian reading this should ponder as these verses portray the loving nature of God not a supposed creator that holds all mankind responsible for the sins committed by two people and would not forgive the people till he kills his supposed only begotten son. Verse 23 of Ezekiel chapter 20 says,
“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”
The reader should not hesitate to ask anyone preaching that Jesus must die for us to be saved to answer this question the bible said God asked in Ezekiel 18:23. God wants sincere repentance not a bloody sacrifice. Jesus, whom the Christians claim came to die for their sins taught his disciples to pray this way,
“Our father, who hath in heaven
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven
give us, this day our daily bread
and FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE
THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US…”
One may ask, why is Jesus whose mission was to come on earth to die for our sins enjoining his disciples to ask God for forgiveness of their sins? Was Jesus aware not of his mission? Jesus could have died for our sins only if he actually died, whereas, he was not killed neither was he crucified; those who think he died follow only conjecture. It is not strange that when the arrest of Jesus occurred, the whole disciples fled and forsook him (Mark 14:50).
(From “Truth for the Truth Seekers”. Ebook available soon)
Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman