And what role does he play in your salvation, if any? It’s fairly straightforward to see where most conservatives are coming from. For the most part, they read the Bible in a literal way, and take all of the miracles to boot as something that really happened; not some form of allegory or other message to be found, as some liberals may view it. To a liberal Christian it’s less clear the role Jesus plays. Having just read a small piece from A.J. Mattill Jr. entitled Three Cheers for Creationists, I would like to bring up some arguments from that and see how they are viewed. E.g., Mattill says the creationists maintain that, if the biblical stories of the beginning of the world are myths, then the stories of the virginal conception and of the end of the world may be myths, too. Once we get on this mythological slide, we cannot logically stop sliding until we hit the bottom at agnosticism or atheism. The creationists go further with it by stating that liberal Christians regarding the creation stories as myths or allegories are undermining the rest of Scripture, for if there was no Adam, there was no fall; and if there was no fall there was no hell; and if there was no hell, there was no need of Jesus as Second Adam and Incarnate Savior, crucified and risen. As a result, the whole biblical system of salvation collapses.
Many credible scholars state that the miracles stories were added later to the Gospels. Paul‘s writings, even in bibles of today, which were written decades before the Gospels, are also void of any of the miracles that were performed by Jesus. Paul also doesn’t seem to know about his teachings. This doesn’t seem to be much of a concern among quite a few liberals either. Many liberals can generally take or leave much of the miracles, save this one: the resurrection. Paul does speak of it, and says without that, their “faith is in vain.” I’m sure some don’t even put credence in that too, however. For those that can strip much if not all of the miracles out of the Bible, considering it along with the creation account as myth or some form of allegory, but never give up on the resurrection, what compelling reasons can you give for singling out this one? If one doesn’t even accept the resurrection as happening either, then why even consider yourself a Christian? What is keeping a liberal Christian from going over to agnosticism or atheism once they start accepting much of it as myth as the conservatives seem to think it should?