Why do many Christians place greater emphasis on Jesus' death and alleged resurrection than on his words?
As I understand it, the root of much Christian theology and practice is the idea of substitutionary atonement through the death of Jesus on the cross – that is, the idea that Jesus vicariously took the punishment deserved by humanity upon himself when he was crucified. What I wonder is: why is so much emphasis placed on this idea rather than on Jesus’ ministries and teachings?
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