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Discussion 2 to Meditation 334
Get-out-of-jail-free is an oversimplification

by Maarten van den Driest

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Mr. van Bergen claims Jesus - if seen as having paid for all our sins, even in the future - functions as a get-out-of-jail-free card. This is a plain oversimplification.

While this may ring true with certain parts of Christianity - notably the more evangelically inclined - such a sentiment is not exactly proper theology.

The first point of note is of course that Jesus' sacrifice only counts for the true believers and there are usually, depending on school of thought, preciously few of them.

It ultimately doesn't work out really well in the end, but still. Picking on one little crack in evolution theory and suddenly claiming science is nonsense is sloppy thinking. However, lifting one sentence of dogma out of the thousands-of-years-old mass of Christian thought is about the same.

Within their own concepts, these systems work reasonably well, often enough. They are far from perfect but should not be misrepresented.