3 Crucial Reasons Why Holding to PSA (Penal Substitution Atonement) is Legitimate

1. Only Exclusive PSA is Problematic Justice can be both restorative and retributive; these complementary aspects of authentic justice are not mutually exclusive. Rather, the two aspects belong together in order to comprise and demonstrate a well-rounded justice. Penal Substitution Atonement can harmoniously coexist with other Atonement views, such as Medical Substitution, Christus Victor, Aikido …

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David & Bathsheba: Mutually Consensual Adultery or Effective Rape?

Is it a story of 2-way forbidden lust and salacious gratification? Or, does the biblical account of David and Bathsheba expose a favored king, who abused his authority in order to effectively rape his prey? One's answer not only makes direct implication upon ethics & anthropology (rightly understanding humans) but also on theology (rightly understanding …

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Question & Answer: Why does God not go about like a superhero rescuing us from danger?

Q: Why does God not go about like a superhero rescuing us from danger? A: After creation (Genesis 3), mankind chose---contrary to God's design---to know "good AND evil." That choice determined the consequential course of this world: danger, sickness, disaster, disease, death. God does not violate mankind's original choice / free will... nor the course …

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Dealing with Loss, Evil, Suffering and Hopelessness

"Godly people can suffer, too, and still be right in the middle of God's good plans and purposes." --Greg Laurie http://youtu.be/t7-gP1gC8gM http://youtu.be/9scK_xKfWM8 http://youtu.be/4vtUQ1BksGQ http://youtu.be/SYuVx2LU5QM http://youtu.be/6P2nPI6CTlc http://youtu.be/Gc4HGQHgeFE http://youtu.be/9FZ5uM_YfB4 http://youtu.be/sqFNPFEvmAk http://youtu.be/evGKcHyzKQU ....................................................... OTHER RESOURCES: Why Does God Allow Disabilities? by CAA Befitting Rewards - Parts 1-4 What Will We Experience in Heaven? at Cross Examined Hope for Hurting Hearts …

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Befitting Rewards: A Theodicy (Part 4)

In this 4th and final part of the "Befitting Rewards" article series, Lamb's Harbinger will continue to show that God answers our cries for justice on an intimately personal level. A general, impersonal kind of justice does not satisfy. God answers this by bestowing individualized rewards, which show that God's sense of goodness and justice …

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Befitting Rewards: A Theodicy (Part 2)

In an earlier blog post (Part 1) by the same title, Lamb's Harbinger laid the foundation for explaining God's goodness in the face of physical deficiencies. However, those explanations are admittedly systematic and do not directly address the claims of the afflicted on an individual level. God's ability to redeem evils in order to turn them …

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Befitting Rewards: A Theodicy (Part 1)

Rain trickled down the bus window. Maybe it was the grayness of the day which enhanced my melancholy mood. Whatever the case, I saw him, then another, and then all of the "deficient" group from my high school. They were being wheeled and walked on their way to I don't know where; and there I …

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Isn’t Church Just Another Kind of Cult?

Lamb's Harbinger takes care to produce articles like Abuse and Authority, What Really is Church?, Correctly Defining Legalism, and Who's the Weak One?. Hopefully, the reader will pause to consider that biblical Christianity recognizes abuses and cult-like tendencies can happen in any organization. When a church or church leader takes on those tendencies, one can rest …

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