I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that he rose from the dead. Some people probably think I must not know about higher criticism and the theology that takes the Bible text to pieces and explains much of it away.
I haven’t read it thoroughly, of course, but it doesn’t make any difference to me exactly how the Bible story was put together. I know the Old Testament was the accepted Scripture source for the Jews when Jesus was born–and I know he used it as an authority in the Jewish religion and in the prophecies about his life, work, and death. It doesn’t make any difference to me because there is no way they can take away the force of the two great commandments–Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Those are the commandments that Eve and Adam and Cain disobeyed in the first chapters of Genesis. They are the solid rock of strong relationships to this day–and the breaking down of relationships is still the biggest problem in this world and always will be. Human relationships are the biggest challenge, even for those of us who truly accept the sacrifice of Christ as forgiveness for our selfishness and pride.
It is so brilliant. It is the only way to God that can be a people-leveler. If there were something we could do to make ourselves right with God, the doers would be better than the non-doers. We only have to accept the Father-Creator’s forgiveness through the Son, and follow the Son’s example of always obeying God to the honest best of our human ability. Even when we fall, we can get back up and and try again on a clean page. How amazing!
God knows that we are “dust,” as is written in Psalm 103. There is something about having a physical body for our spirit to manage that feeds a desire to want to be “gods.” God knew that would be a problem for us. That is why the sacrifice was prepared before the foundation of the world.