Sometimes I have more questions than answers.This tends to be truer the older I become, but strangely enough, I find there are fewer things that change in the basic code that I operate by. I call that code “my theology” when it is based in my Christian beliefs.
However, I came by something – through writing a comment in a blog oddly enough – where I have a hard time explaining why I believe that. Maybe my mind is just more fuzzy of late. But the viewpoint is this: I don’t believe that there is any forgiveness from God for anything past or present outside the work of Christ on the cross. That this was the pivot of all forgiveness through out time. But the question that came up for me …is it possible to have had forgiveness under the Mosaic Law through obedience? Isn’t the institution of animal sacrifice an admission that there could not be complete obedience? And isn’t this where the thought enters that the Law condemns?
It told you what was wrong with your actions.
Even the Prophet Isaiah declares this :
“11 â€œ To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?â€
Says the LORD.
â€œ I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.
12 â€œ When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
13 Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assembliesâ€”
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.”
I know I base my idea on the necessity of justice within God’s system, universe, nature, however you want to term the great ‘what is’. Justice is a necessary component and is not simply wiped away, it must be paid for. Yet, mercy competes for supremacy in judgment. Mercy, however does not come cheap…it has to satisfy justice before it can operate. thus comes the idea of substitution. But we are back to animal sacrifice. Is it ever really spoken in the scriptures that animal sacrifice bought the needed forgiveness and mercy? That it sufficiently paid? Or was it only the interest on the principle, giving the faithful the means to continue in relationship with God, rather than being forced by ones own impossibly compounding debt to be swallowed in complete despair?
I’m sort of flummoxed on this one. But it seems to follow that if salvation is only by faith… faith in what? Faith in Christ is the only means given.