Was Jesus Born to Die?
It is the emphatic belief of many of us “progressive”, “apostate”, “heretical” (etc.) Jesus-followers that Jesus’ birth was important. For “peace on earth”. For “goodwill to all”. For many other valuable things.
But not for him to die. Not “vicariously” in our place. Not to appease the wrath of God. (Jesus, where not apparently distorted by the Gospel writers, didn’t see God as wrathful.)
Yes, our views are less traditional or orthodox. (Is that an automatic ding? Or automatic plus? Shouldn’t be, either way.) Formerly traditional believer, Dr. Benjamin Corey, puts the point that Jesus was born to show us how to live, and not in order to die “in our place” very well. Better than I can. I strongly encourage you to read his short, provocative piece here, and perhaps engage in the lively discussion.