Response to Line of Fire 2
Dr. Brown addressed Rabbi Cohen’s presentation on repentance on his “Line of Fire” radio show on May 12 2011 http://lineoffireradio.askdrbrown.org/ . Rabbi Cohen demonstrated from the Jewish Scriptures that the path to forgiveness from sin is repentance.
Dr. Brown opened his response by acknowledging the importance of repentance. He then goes on to compare repentance to one wing of a bird, the other being blood sacrifice. Dr. Brown is attempting to argue that repentance does not work without a blood sacrifice.
This argument of Dr. Brown has no biblical basis. The Jewish Scriptures NEVER say: “there is no forgiveness without a blood offering”. The Scriptures clearly say that with repentance there is forgiveness.
Dr. Brown appeals to his audience: “would you want to stand before God having to rely on your own repentance”?
This argument is fallacious for two obvious reasons. We do not rely on our own repentance. We rely on God’s explicit word that He fully accepts our repentance. It is not a matter of relying on our own actions. We rely on God and His promise.
Furthermore, does the Christian not need repentance? According to Dr. Brown, repentance serves as one of the wings of the bird? How can a bird fly without one of its wings?
Dr. Brown’s assertion that Nineveh’s sin was forgiven because of the sacrifices of Israel, has just about the same Biblical basis as does Paul’s assertion that the Temple sacrifices only worked because of Jesus’ future sacrifice. Namely: Zero. I might as well say that Jesus’s sacrifice only worked because someone in the future will die for the sins of mankind.
The Scriptures are abundantly clear. God in His infinite mercy accepts our repentance. All we need to do is to take God on His word.
For further information – please read Contra Brown and The Elephant and the Suit (on the Jews for Judaism website) as well as the articles filed under the category “Atonement” that are posted on this blog.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal