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October 16, 2010

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His sermon was a basic retelling of the plan of salvation ... but one part I found a bit jarring. It was when he spoke of the death of Jesus.

"Since the unity of the two natures was permanent, it was not possible to suspend it on the cross. Therefore, on the cross the human and the divine natures in one person, experienced separation from God. The disjointing of the Son of God from the other members of the Godhead resulted in indescribable suffering not only to Jesus but also to the Godhead. Jesus' cry of dereliction points to a voluntary breach within the Godhead, to a sundering of the Trinity ...."

This seems quite a stretch beyond anything the Bible says. Sure, Jesus said on the cross, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"--making the prayer of Psalm 22 his own. But how can we understand this literally?

Rodriguez is correct to say there was no division between Christ's humanity and divinity, united in the incarnation. But if that union could not be severed, how could Christ's union with his Father and their Spirit be severed? How could the divine nature itself be split? How could the eternal relationship between Father and Son and Spirit be rendered of none effect?

What explicit Biblical evidence is there for such an idea?

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