I have perused this board now without posting for the last several months. I am willing to say that I enjoyed most of the exchanges that I have read. It is always good to take in another person's view in order to expand your own understanding. I find that the benefit of studying theology, from the undergraduate level all the way through the PhD level, has been that it has allowed me to better appreciate what I believed and to be able to better appreciate what others believe. Most believe something without any notion of why they believe what they believe. Bible believing Christians say they believe the Bible. When asked what the Bible is, they say it is what we believe. Round and round we go in our various debates about what the Bible teaches. Yet seldom do we appreciate what others have to say and yet still since we ourselves mostly do not know why believe what we do, we surely never venture to try and understand what others believe much less why they believe what they do. In this thread, I would like for you to tell me not only what you believe but why you believe what you believe. For starters let's deal with the most important topic of any that I can imagine that we could discuss. I would like for you to tell me why you think Jesus died on the cross. Why was it necessary for Jesus to die on the cross?