I’ve been struggling with my faith lately. I hate to say it, but I’ve been angry when I think about Christianity (which is most of the time).
There are verses in the NT that say all we need to be saved is faith in Jesus. But this is a bait and switch. Because in 1 Corinthians 6, Galatians 5, and Ephesians 5 (and elsewhere) virtually every type of sin is listed and said to preclude someone from being saved.
I started reading George MacDonald recently. MacDonald thought anyone whose works are less than perfect isn’t saved. Given Christianity’s extremely rigorous standards, this places tremendous pressure on the believer, at least me. Jesus said his yoke was easy. That seems completely untrue to me. One reading of the NT and I don’t see how anyone could possibly think Jesus’s yoke is easy.
MacDonald thought all a person needed to do to atone for his sins was repent. In the OT there are verses saying essentially the same thing. If that’s the case, what’s the point of Jesus’s death? Since keeping the OT Law was apparently impossible, why didn’t God just shorten the Law to the level that Jesus and the apostles expected people to follow?