Originally Posted by ChasingPeace
I agree. I think the "satisfaction of a debt" view of the Atonement is pretty two-dimensional and misses the richness of meaning present in the Orthodox Church's view. But there is value in the "satisfaction of a debt" view (for me, at least). It's turning the story of Abraham and Isaac (as well as the Jewish practice at the time of offering sacrifice to God) on its head. When I view it mythically, it's a very beautiful description of God's amazing love for us.
I think it can be, but doesn't have to be. Satisfaction of debt is the technical part. But the deeper implication is very rich, imo.
God's perfect justness required satisfaction of the debt, yes. And HE offered that satisfaction for us! He humbled himself to be born amongst us and killed by us to pay it. That's pretty amazing and humbling to me.
|Why would God demand a bigger sacrifice than anyone was capable of paying? Why is a divine sacrifice asked for from humans, and then even that would not be enough,were they capable of making it? Why not demand the largest sacrifice they could actually make on their own?
But someone WAS capable of paying it- God. And he did pay it, because of his love and mercy.