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Salvation (And How We Got It Wrong)
by Kenneth N. Myers (Goodreads Author)
What if everything you've been told about salvation is wrong? For nearly a thousand years Christians have been hearing and repeating a story about why Jesus died on the cross. It’s the only story of salvation most of them have ever heard. And it’s wrong. The Bible doesn't have that story and the early Christians never heard that story - they never believed it.
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Kindle Edition, 122 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Mayeux Press
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I remember as a kid being scared to death about the end of the world, as some said the Bible presented it. As I understood it, God created everything, got really mad at Adam and Eve for what they did with the apple, cursed all the whole world and things got bad. Then Jesus, the only Son of God, came and He died for everyone’s sins. And then I was told, the prophecies of the Old and New Testament say that things will get so bad that God will let the devil and all the demons out of hell and ...more
Our view of the atonement influences how we see the character of God, and therefore influences every aspect of our lives and religion. In this book, Myers argues that the atonement theory known as penal substitutionary atonement, which has risen to be the most prominent or in some cases the only view of the atonement in Protestantism, is not supported by the church fathers or scripture, and unfairly makes God out to be a wrathful, pagan deity. Thus, it is crucial that all believers understand ...more
This is a light, but excellent read. It opens the door to show how what we've determined as the only Biblical view to salvation is not only irreconcilable to the Biblical text but to historical Christianity as well. I challenge Christians who read this book to pray and come to God with an open heart, then read the Bible with new eyes. From Genesis to Revelation, God had a plan for his creation built on love for us.
If you're struggling with the thought of "why did Jesus have to die" or any of the many other reasonable thoughts that come to the surface when you think about atonement this little book is a great place for you to begin your study. An easy to read conversation between Kenneth Myers and a friend.