Atheist blasphemes God the Father: “There is no greater love than this? I disagree. God did not get the Father of the Year Award when he allowed his son to be crucified. No good Father permits his son to be sacrificed and in a time of dire need forsakes him as the Bible says God did to Jesus. God obviously did not have the much-lauded family values that Christians talk about, because if he did, he never would have allowed his son to suffer so much. Jesus was abused by his Father, rejected by his Father, and sentenced to die by his Father, so I ask you What kind of loving Father is that?”
Response to the Atheist…
Mark, please? Mark, do you understand the theological ramifications of the term Hypostasis or the Hypostatic Union as it relates to our Triune God?
1) n hypostasis That which underlies something else; that which forms the basis of something; foundation; support.
2) n hypostasis In theology, a person of the Trinity; one of the three real and distinct subsistences in the one undivided substance or essence of God. Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
Mark, as you unfortunately die daily in your sin within your spiritual prison of Naturalism, you don’t understand the divine nature of Messiah-Yeshua and His relationship, His oneness with the Father. The Father did not give the Son, in biological terms, to humanity but the Father Himself gave Himself in the Son…the Son is not a biological son of the Father but the Son is the EXACT-PERFECT image of the Father having manifest in flesh in order to complete His primary purpose for having created Time, the Universe, the human genome; that is, to “destroy the works of the Devil.”
It is written…
“…the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8 (NASB)
Mark, you mock our God, His love for you, His sacrifice for you, in your lack of knowledge and Mark, it is a difficult thing to watch as you are running headlong into Hell in subservience to your spiritual father, Satan; this, in complete naivete (John 8:44). Mark, God the Father suffered in agony as the Son suffered in agony as He suffocated to death during the horrors of Roman crucifixion. The Spirit suffered in this horror as it is the Spirit that consumed Messiah and worked through Him. Even nature grimaced at the sight of its Creator screaming in agony; nature itself vomited-out the dead in response to our Creator’s unconscionable suffering.
Mark, please understand the differentiation between what you understand as a biological offspring compared to the hypostatic union of Father, Son, Spirit. These identifiers, these theological Nouns are given you for understanding because you and I are cognitively constrained by Time and The Curse of Sin. In our humanity, we cannot fully comprehend a God that is omnipresent-omnipotent-omniscient, but God, in His mercy, presents Himself to humanity in a Trinity that exemplifies and defines these attributes in a simplistic format for our edification; this, because God desires relationship with you.
Mark, as one who loves Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I plead with you to study the word of God and come to know the Word of God, Jesus Christ, and find life in His precious Name (John 1). Mark, please don’t die in your sin (John 8:24).