17 "Ah, Lord Yahweh, you made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. To you nothing is impossible. Jeremiah 32:17 (NJB).
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 (NIV).
Although liberal Christians claim to not take the entire bible literally, most of them do accept that the miraculous deeds of Christ were actual events that occurred in history. It has always perplexed me as to how anyone could believe in the tales as they are told in the bible when it is clear that they are utterly ridiculous, and for the most part, contain so many elements of impossible fantastical exploits.
The answer to my question is clearly outlined in the two texts cited at the beginning of this post. Regardless of the context they both make one claim that can explain every biblical impossibility; that for God nothing is impossible. This my friends is where the great equalizer faith comes in. God apparently can do anything, and according to the scriptures there is nothing that he could not do.
But I think I have found one thing in particular that the biblical God cannot do! He can't seem to genuinely forgive anyone for any offense against him. He commands of each and every one of us to forgive our enemies etc. Matthew 6:14-15. In the O.T. God by his own admission used to punish those that offended him and their sons to the third and fourth generations in Exodus 20 verse 5. He later retracted this rule but it shows just was a hateful and vindictive being this God is, that is; if he existed at all.
In my world when someone offends me or does something to the point where he/she loses my trust or friendship I am always willing to forgive. But you have to realize that their so called "atonement" is reflected in them changing their ways. They have to earn my trust and respect once more through their actions. I am a firm believer that everybody deserves a second and sometimes even a third chance. Of course there are times when it is best to just rid yourself of negative people and influences in your life but in my case those time are rare.
Vicarious suffering as it is promoted in the bible is the most offensive and insulting system of atonement ever conceived. Imagine having a delinquent sibling with a love for mayhem and criminal acts of violence. One day he decides he wants to try his hand at rape and goes after some poor innocent woman whom he randomly targeted off the street. In the process of carrying out his sick fantasy he ends up killing the woman. After a lengthy trial he is sentenced to life in prison for the brutality of his crime and labeled a social deviant by the system. But you decide that he deserves a second chance and are willing to take his sentence upon yourself; even though you are in college with a great future ahead of you. The court agrees that you should stand in his place and serve his life sentence for him while he is set free. I ask you my dear Christian; where is the justice in this?
If you answered that the above analogy demonstrates an injustice, then you must also agree that Christ bearing upon himself all the sins (imaginary offenses against God) of humanity and then dying in your stead is just as wrong. God's own rules and lust for blood could not be overlooked in the case of humanity. If we were to take the story of Adam and Eve as literal then we are all born with a burden of sin and a debt to God.
Although our more modern believers now state that the garden tale was not to be taken literally, I tend to disagree. Why would they construct a genealogy for Adam if it were not meant to be taken literally? Why are we given a lifespan for Adam who supposedly died at the age of 930 years old! The bible has talking animals, people who can fly to the heavens or ride chariots of fire, people who can walk on water, parting seas and rivers, rocks that produce water, and feeding multitudes with a few loaves and fishes. Although all these things are impossible the answer is simple my friend: Nothing is impossible for God!