I really, really like Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum, despite not really identifying with the Christian content of the lyrics or being a big fan of classic rock in general. But I was listening to it this morning, singing along to the lyrics, when this line came along:
I’m not a sinner, I’ve never sinned. I have a friend in Jesus.
And it got me thinking. From my experience with Christianity, I feel like it’s a strange line, because one of the core premises of Christianity is that Jesus died for your sins; he died to ensure that, even though you will inevitably sin during your lifetime, you will get into heaven.
More thinking: though nearly—if not completely—impossible, if you could theoretically not sin your entire life, would Jesus still have died for you?
So I guess that’s my question. I mean it in the most honest, genuinely-curious, respectful way. If you didn’t sin your whole life, did Jesus still die for you?