Guilty Conscience

Today’s post will be discussing an article on Fox News titled:

Aaron Rodgers family ‘dismayed’ by his religious comments on Danica Patrick’s podcast

Written By Melissa Roberto and can be found here.

I am not aware of where Rodgers had attended church in his youth and I’m not sure that it matters as it seems he hasn’t been since his youth. What does matter is his view on Christianity. He makes some statements about God and Christian’s that he believes to be true. His statements are not just his own. I have spoken to many who seem to say the same things.

“I don’t know how you can believe in a God who wants to condemn most of the planet to a fiery hell,” Rodgers continued. “What type of loving, sensitive, omnipresent, omnipotent being wants to condemn his beautiful creation to a fiery hell at the end of all this?”

Article: Aaron Rodgers family ‘dismayed’ by his religious comments on Danica Patrick’s podcast

Aaron, through his conscience, sees nothing but judgement when he sees the Christian God. Why would you think that the Christian God is going to judge, convict, and throw someone into hell if you don’t think you have done anything wrong? This running from God is a sign of a guilty conscience, and we have been doing this since Adam fell in the garden. I have had many discussions in my life with people who believe just as Aaron does, that God is angry and hateful and the god they believe in, typically themselves, is far more loving. In my experience this is a conscience that is bothered by sin and that person is running from judgement of that sin.

The Defense to the Augsburg Confession talks about this very thing. Where apart from the Gospel, apart from the Spirit, we cannot love God because we only see Him as being angry with us. Why would we think He is angry with us? Because of the Law on our hearts, our conscience, we know we have broken the Law and we know there must be justice and restitution.

Therefore, when they speak of the sin of origin, they do not mention the more serious faults of human nature, to wit, ignorance of God, contempt for God, being destitute of fear and confidence in God, hatred of God’s judgment, flight from God [as from a tyrant] when He judges, anger toward God, despair of grace, putting one’s trust in present things [money, property, friends], etc.

Defense of the Augsburg Confession; Original Sin

Is Christianity Therapeutic Moralistic Deism?

Aaron states that Christianity is a crutch but then states something interesting. That it makes people feel better about themselves. I never feel better about myself. The Law accuses me of sins and through daily repentance I remember my baptism and that I must daily drown and die in the waters of baptism that the new man, the new creation of the Spirit, daily rise to live by the Spirit.

Religion can be a crutch,” Rodgers continued, according to the magazine. “It can be something that people have to have to make themselves feel better. Because it’s set up binary, it’s us and them, saved and unsaved, heaven and hell, it’s enlightened and heathen, it’s holy and righteous…that makes a lot of people feel better about themselves.

Article: Aaron Rodgers family ‘dismayed’ by his religious comments on Danica Patrick’s podcast

Nothing in Christianity is to make you feel better about yourself, the Christian life is about dying, being crucified with Christ. It is that you and I are so bad that God had to die to save us from ourselves.

I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20

I think perhaps that Aaron’s conscience is bothering him. That he is running from God. He seems to be running from a guilty conscience. He knows he has sinned. Perhaps he doesn’t think any of this. I cannot know for sure because I am unable to sit down and chat with him about it. Yet, when I hear people say those things, when I do get a chance to sit and chat, it usually comes up that they know God is angry with them and they have either drown their conscience with works, lies, etc, or they stop resisting grace and the Spirit has His way with them through the Gospel.

God doesn’t want to condemn the world to hell, He wills all to come to the knowledge of Christ and be saved (2 Peter 3:9). The whole world deserves hell (Romans 1-3) and this Christian message doesn’t make anyone feel better about themselves, it actually makes us feel worse about ourselves because Christianity isn’t about you. It isn’t “Youism” it’s about Christ.

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Aaron I’m sorry you seem to be running from God. Yet, you are right, currently, you are under God’s judgement and wrath. You have broken the first three commandments, this much you have admitted to. God warns that He will not hold those guiltless who break them (Exodus 20: 5-6). Yet He promises forgiveness and blessing on all who with repentant faith trust Him (John 3:16, Romans 1:16, 10:4; Matthew 4:17).

Thing is, Aaron, you may think that you are meant to be under God’s wrath but your not. Christ, being fully man, and fully God lived a perfect life for you. He fulfilled the entire Law. He suffered His entire life. Imagine being God and never having to ever feel any discomfort of a fallen world, until He decided to do it, for you. The Son of God took the wrath that you talked about. He didn’t want the world to be damned. If that was the case He would have wiped out Adam and Eve and none of us would be here today.

Yet He is patient to bring judgement on those who reject Him because he is loving and doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9). Jesus was whipped and nailed to a tree to die. Think about that for a moment. God, letting sinners like you and I, give Him the punishment that we deserve, and forgives us for it while we did it (Luke 23:34).

He died. God died. He took your sin to the grave. Yet, He didn’t stay dead, He rose three days later as He foretold that He would (Matthew 12:40). He rose from the grave not to give you wrath, but to give you His righteousness. That perfect life He lived is now imputed into you as if you fulfilled the Law perfectly.

Aaron, God doesn’t want you to run from Him, He is calling to you though the Gospel that you would stop resisting Him. God loves you and won’t ever hurt you. God is not waiting to punish you. He has already taken the punishment. If you reject this mercy you are saying that you want the punishment for yourself. God is Love. He loves you. He was obedient, even to death on a cross, rose for your justification, and He did it all, for you. May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. With your sins forgiven, go in peace.

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