Understanding the “wrath” of God through the Cross

Here is the thing with Greg Boyd’s two-volume behemoth titled The Crucifixion of the Warrior God : it is like the never-ending story. I get through a chapter, which is fairly amazing in and of itself, and I think, “Whew!” Then I’m wondering how much farther to go… and I swear more chapters magically appear at the end of the volume. I’m not kidding. It always looks like I’ve read 10 pages at the front of the second volume even if I’ve read 5 chapters. (And Boyd doesn’t do short chapters like most publishers and readers insist on!) I’ll never finish this book.  Read more

The Old Testament God and Violence

“Contrary to the overly generalized and sensationalized description of the God of the OT provided by (other authors), people who read Scripture sympathetically generally find that the God of the OT is by-and-large a relational God of hesed (i.e., covenant-love) who continually strives to bring all people — first the Israelites, and then, through them, all the ‘families of the earth’ (Gen. 12:3; cf. Exod 19:5-6) — into relationships of shalom and covenant righteousness/justice with himself as well as with each other.” Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God

Discipleship is about radical love

“… I would argue that the instruction to love enemies is ‘the very genius of Christianity.’ And this ‘genius’ command mandates nothing less than that we are to demonstrate to all people the kind of love God demonstrated toward us while we were yet enemies (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 5:1-2). This is precisely why, after defining the kind of love that characterizes God by pointing us to Jesus’s death on the cross, John immediately adds: ‘And we ought to lay down our lives for one another’ (1 John 3:16, italics added).” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God 

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How powerful is the cross of Jesus Christ?

“So completely does the crucified Christ encompass everything pertaining to the Gospel for Paul that he could tell the Corinthians that he ‘resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2).” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God 

The Love of God Displayed on the Cross

“The cross does not just happen to be the place where God decided to concretely illustrate the kind of love he eternally is. The cross rather contains within itself a logic that necessitates that we embrace it as the definitive, unsurpassable revelation of God’s loving nature.” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God 

Our struggle to defend the indefensible

Greg Boyd’s Crucifixion of the Warrior God brings to the table a discussion on the radical love of God AND dealing with the Old Testament texts dealing with the violence portrayed in God’s actions and orders. He doesn’t set aside the OT stories as simple myth. He wants to wrestle with the inspired text.

I have a long way to go in his monstrosity of a work, but want to reflect on how he deals with Augustine’s view of the love of God and violence. Augustine believed in the radical love of God but would embrace God’s violent actions in the OT as another form of love. (I guess it’s kind of warped view of “tough love” or something…) Read more