Saw Frozen last night with the family, and it struck me that the climax of the movie is actually a fairly good picture of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus -- not perfect, but pretty good. If you haven't seen the movie, and don't want to spoil it, you'd probably want to stop reading this post about here. Spoilers ahead, as they say. So without going into all the details of the story, Anna has been struck in the heart by her sister, Elsa. Anna's heart has begun to freeze and soon her whole body will turn to ice. She has been struck with Elsa's ice-curse. One key to understanding the curse of sin in this world is understanding the curse as the wrath of God against sin. It is God's eternal judgment against that which turns away from Him and His love. It's like gravity, like a spell, but it's all exhaustively personal and not mechanical or merely a law of nature. It's God's eternal determination to drive sin and darkness back into the nothingness, to free all of creation from the bending disease. Thus, when Paul speaks of the wrath of God in Romans 1, it is God turning men and women over to themselves, allowing them to continue down the path of evil, toward the void, in increasing confusion. Hell is the fullness of this wrath.
[Read the rest of the article at Having Two Legs.]