The Bible in five statements.

Dcn. Steven Hayes of Khanya has tagged me: Summarize the Bible in five statements, the first one word long, the second two, the third three, the fourth four and the last five words long. Or possibly you could do this in descending order. Tag five people.

Here’s my summary:

1.  Beginning: The Word was God.

2.  The Word became flesh.

3.  Dwelt among us.

4.  Defeated death.

5.  Glory.

I tag:  himcalledbean, Saakara, Sherine Goor, temsmail, and Michelle Collins.

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13 responses to “The Bible in five statements.

  1. Yours seems based on Christus Victor theology too – not that I have a problem with that.

    Here’s mine (one Unitarian’s interpretation). I wasn’t tagged but found it an intriguing challenge.

  2. I suspect that most Orthodox Christians will tend to the Christus Victor theology, while most Calvinists will opt for penal substitution.

  3. This is hard! I gave it my best shot.

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  6. Why must we say Christus Victor is a “much better way of looking at it” than penal substitution? Aren’t both equally valid? Didn’t Christ accomplish both on the cross?

    • Hi Elliott,

      Ransom Theory (aka Christus Victor), Penal Substitution and Subjective Theory all contend for the coveted welterweight champion of world title in the doctrine of the Atonement division.

      This no-holds-barred slugfest is a winner takes all showdown.

      There can be only one.

    • I’d say the penal substitution aspect of the Incarnation was accomplished almost exclusively on the Cross, where the victory over death was accomplished somewhat on the Cross but also in the Resurrection, the raising of Lazarus, etc…

      What happened at the moment of the Crucifixion may be described to a degree by “ransom” or “satisfaction” or “example,” but the totality of God becoming man is a great deal more than the moment of his death (crucial though it is).

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