Does God have a barrier to reconciliation in His heart, on His side, that needs Christ to do something to remove it?
“Christ’s self-sacrifice is pleasing to God because this sacrificial offering took away the barrier between God and sinful man in that Christ fully bore God’s wrath on man’s sin. Through Christ, God’s wrath is not turned into love but is turned away from man and borne by Himself.”
For a loving God to maintain His justice and righteousness, the atoning death of Jesus Christ became “a moral and legal necessity.” God’s “justice requires that sin be carried to judgment. God must therefore execute judgment on sin and thus on the sinner. In this execution the Son of God took our place, the sinner’s place, according to God’s will. (Seventh-day Adventist Believe 27, p. 111.)
Why did God the Father choose a cross to be the instrument of death? Why did He not choose to have Christ instantly beheaded or quickly run through with a spear or sword? Was God unjust in executing judgment on Christ with a cross when He could have done it by a beheading, a noose, a sword, a gas chamber, a bolt of lightning, or a lethal injection?
One of the fundamental problems of the Moral Influence Theory is that it rejects the substitutionary nature of Christs death. The idea that God had to kill the innocent instead of the guilty in order to save us is considered a violation of justice.
Rodriguez, A …Adventist World Review December 2007, p40
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,…yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
Jesus was speaking to those who would later crucify him in John 8:44
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning,”
Here are some historic SDA views,
Desire of Ages Page 761
Satan saw that his disguise was torn away. His administration was laid open before the unfallen angels and before the heavenly universe. He had revealed himself as a murderer. By shedding the blood of the Son of God, he had uprooted himself from the sympathies of the heavenly beings.
To break down the barrier that Satan had erected between God and man, Christ made a full and complete sacrifice, revealing unexampled self-denial. He revealed to the world the amazing spectacle of God living in human flesh, and sacrificing Himself to save fallen men.
What wonderful love! ST Sep 24, 1902
So, in our modern view, in what is being printed today, we have God generating within His heart a barrier to our reconciliation, but the Bible and our founders taught that the barrier Christ came to remove was erected by Satan.
Who do you believe killed Christ on the cross?
God or Satan?
While God has desired to teach men that from His own love comes the Gift which reconciles them to Himself, the archenemy of mankind has endeavored to represent God as one who delights in their destruction. Thus the sacrifices and the ordinances designed of Heaven to reveal divine love have been perverted to serve as means whereby sinners have vainly hoped to propitiate, with gifts and good works, the wrath of an offended God. (Prophets and Kings Ellen G. White Page 685)