One of the things that seems to enjoy widespread acceptance among Christians is the idea that Jesus came to save people from sin, from the wrongness that is so much a part of the human race. What is not always agreed on is some of the key details in such a grand undertaking.
For the next few episodes I’d like to explore the matter together by means of the mind and pen of George MacDonald. MacDonald lived and wrote in the 1800s. As such, his writing can be, at times, challenging to our twenty-first century ears. It is worth the struggle. C.S. Lewis said of MacDonald, “I know hardly any other writer who seems to be closer, or more continually close, to the Spirit of Christ Himself.”
As we listen to what MacDonald has to say let us hear with open minds and hearts.
One thing more before we begin…
As we all know from experience being misunderstood can prove both painful and frustrating. We want people to understand us, to have an accurate grasp of who we are and what we mean by the things we say and do. I think the same holds true for God. Our relationship with him blossoms in the rich soil of an ever more true understanding of who he is and what he is about. Part of gaining such an understanding lies in the hard work of boldly thinking through ideas that come our way no matter the originating source.
Here now is George MacDonald’s Salvation from Sin