live chat The Thoughtful Christian Logo
Resources for Christians and seekers
Can understanding the biblical notion of Christian sacrifice help us understand why bad things happen to good people in contemporary society?
Does God Demand Blood?
Publication Date:
10/28/2009
Pages:
0
Session(s)
1
Product Type:
Internet Download
Adult Study
Product Number:
TC0384

What do you think of when you think of a blood sacrifice? Do you consider mysterious rituals of sacrificing chickens and goats, the enemy defeated in battle, or perhaps Abraham's willingness to kill his son Isaac to please God? The very term "blood sacrifice" sounds somewhat barbaric in these modern times, yet at the very center of Christian faith and worship stands a profound act of violence--Christ's crucifixion.

In this study for adults, we'll consider images of a vindictive, angry God who demands blood and suffering as the price of redemption and work toward resolving those images with the conviction that God is love. Yes, God is love but, as we all learn sooner or later, love can be quite complicated!

Participants will also be encouraged to contemplate how Christ's blood sacrifice serves to redeem us. Why was such a violent end necessary to redeem us? And how do such concepts inform our own suffering? Is suffering violence simply a penalty for bad behavior? Does it "build character," as we're often told by our elders? Does God ultimately reward our suffering in heaven?

Michelle Hwang is Director of Christian Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland.


Dan Bell is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church and Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of Liberation Theology After the End of History: The Refusal to Cease Suffering and Just War as Christian Discipleship: Recentering the Tradition in the Church rather than the State.


1
Benedictine Spirit...
Michelle Hwang, Alexa Smith
List Price $12.00
Sale Price $12.00
Add to Cart
2
Caring for Our Div...
Eugenia Gamble, Michelle Hwang
List Price $7.50
Sale Price $7.50
Add to Cart
3
Colossians
Michelle Hwang, Buran F. Phillips
List Price $12.00
Sale Price $12.00
Add to Cart
4
Does God Demand Bl...
Dan Bell, Michelle Hwang
List Price $7.50
Sale Price $7.50
Add to Cart
5
Does God Demand Bl...
Dan Bell, Michelle Hwang
List Price $7.50
Sale Price $7.50
Add to Cart
 
comments powered by Disqus
List Price: $7.50