The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism - Chapter Twelve: The (True) Story of the Cross Summary & Analysis

Timothy Keller
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Chapter Twelve: The (True) Story of the Cross Summary and Analysis

Gandhi admired the sacrifice of Jesus when he died on the cross but he could not accept that it was mysterious or a miracle. The symbol of Christianity is the cross. However, it is not revered by people of other faiths." Why would Jesus have to die in order that man's sins be forgiven?" is the question that many non-believers ask. Why couldn't God just forgive man and why did he have to go through all that pain and misery with Christ? True forgiveness is given unconditionally. The desire for vengeance for being wronged is not motivated by good will. Instead, it is motivated by anger and resentment and ill will.

But why did Jesus have to die in order for man to be forgiven? Forgiveness means...

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