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09 December 2006

For discussion ... part 2

Here's another quote for your thoughts as you see fit. Again, I'll add some comments later on.

"I have heard it said, 'God didn't die for frogs. So he was responding to our value as humans.' This turns grace on its head. We are worse off than frogs. They have not sinned. They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in their lives. God did not have to die for frogs. They aren't bad enough. We are. Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay for it." - John Piper, The Passion of Jesus Christ (Crossway, 2004)

1 comment:

Chris said...

It's important to remember that humans aren't just advanced animals. God didn't die for frogs, true... but then frogs are in a totally different league to humans.

Can an animal be "bad"? I don't think so - I don't think they have the capability to be "bad" or "evil". Animals just are what they are - they have the ability to learn that certain actions lead to certain outcomes, but I don't think they know the difference between right and wrong.

For instance, my cat knows that if I catch him on the dining room table he's in trouble. His ears go back and he slinks off to the floor before I even say anything. But that's a learned response... not knowledge of hygiene or anything like that.

We are made in the image of God. We are so much more than bald monkeys. That's why Jesus had to die for us while the rest of creation has been corrupted not by its own sin, but by ours.

Now if you'll excuse me, all this serious thought is giving me a headache :)