[Art by Jim Huger from Dead To Rights, a parody of Jack T. Chick’s tract]
Somewhere along my journey, I remember thinking “I’m not sure about the reality of Christianity, but the plan of redemption does make sense.” Of course, I was viewing things from the perspective of what I was taught as a child.
My friends in sales joke about creating a problem then selling the solution to the problem. If you think about it, redemption is the Biblical solution to the problem of original sin- which is perpetuated by the Bible itself. If I do not believe in original sin, from what do I need to be redeemed?
The popular hymn, “Amazing Grace,” contains lyrics that summarizes this perspective:
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear
And Grace, my fears relieved
I understand the need for a new start. I love 01 Jan each year because it gives me an opportunity to start over and make some changes. Redemption gives people a chance to start over and leave in the past a lot bigger ‘sins’ than eating too much during the holidays. It’s a chance to feel like you’re starting over with a clean slate.
However, many times, these ‘redeemed’ individuals then go on with life as if nothing has happened in the past. Wouldn’t it be a better plan to deal with the past mistakes and then make a new start? That, of course, is a much harder endeavor. It’s a lot easier to say “Jesus forgave me. It’s in the past. I’m a new person now.”
– The de-Convert