You will get to hear Dr. Creamer answer this question on his show Monday, but I’m curious of all the reader opinions as to how you will defend this. This was a big question that no one could answer with something that made logical sense, and played a major role in me rejecting Christianity prior to my Atheism.
The main prospect of Christianity is that “God” sacrificed his son for us. Because of that sacrifice, when an Atheist turns away from the belief, that is a slap in the face to “God,” “Jesus,” and followers of the Bible.
We are viewed as not accepting an amazing gift, because that is the ultimate show of love—to lose your son to save someone else. It does sound very compassionate.
We equate that to losing one of our children, and many ask…”What if you sacrificed a child for me, and then I walked away from you?” Yes, that’s very powerful, but here’s the difference, and the main basis of my argument against Christianity:
A sacrifice means to lose something, or give it up for a cause. So if I sacrificed something I owned or cared about, I would lose it for the sake of something greater, and would therefore be without that object of love. But in the fundamental belief of Christianity, Jesus is with “the Father” right now in heaven! He resurrected and ascended to be with the Lord. The father didn’t lose anything. Both are alive and well, and together.
At best, we can say that he watched his son suffer; but in the perspective of eternity, 33 years of life and a few days of suffering is nothing when you’re a god. Besides, if Jesus is God, then both knew the plan all along, and it was more of a planned temporary displacement, not a sacrifice at all.
The Father has his son back by his side at this very moment, and everything is back like it started before he was sent to earth, so how can anyone say it was a sacrifice?