The need for an atonement of sin
- Why does there have to be an atonement for sin in order for God to
forgive us of our sins? God's justice demands that there is
punishment for sin. If there were no punishment for sin, then God's
justice would be perverted. Committing sin has a penalty and that
penalty must be paid for or else God's justice would be perverted.
Since Jesus paid the penalty for sin, God is able to forgive us.
How was God able to forgive people of their sins before Jesus made
an atonement for sin? The people in the Old Testament knew that in
the future the Messiah would come and make an atonement for sin.
When God saw that people were placing their faith in what the
Messiah would do in the future, God forgave them. God designed
Christ's atonement so that it could apply to those who lived before
Jesus was born.
Some people say that if Jesus was punished in the place of others,
then this would be unjust because it is unjust for an innocent
person to receive a guilty person's punishment. My response is that
this is not unjust because Jesus was willing to be punished in the
place of the guilty and God the Father was willing to accept what
Jesus wanted to do.
- If Jesus was not sacrificed on the cross, God could not forgive us.
Hebrews 9:22 says, "And according to the Law, one may almost say all
things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there
is no forgiveness."
Jesus Christ's death on the cross was a sacrifice. Hebrews 10:12
says, "but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time,
sat down at the right hand of God,".
1 John 1:7 says,"but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the
Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus
His Son cleanses us from all sin.". Why does the blood of Jesus wash
away our sins, if God does not allow sacrifices?
- chayashida2002 wrote:
> If Jesus was not sacrificedon the cross, God could not
... I take it that you don't
read the Bible very often?
Or if you do you tend to pick
and choose what you want to
believe in discard what is
uncomfortable or goes against
your basic belief models.
Your statement above would
have to be judged against
the following versus: (as
you can see all of these
sayings take place BEFORE
the crucifixion )
Mark 1: 4 John the Baptist was in the desert,
proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the
forgiveness of sins.
Luke 3: 3 He went through the whole Jordan
area proclaiming a baptism of repentance for
the forgiveness of sins,
Num19:In your most faithful love, please
forgive this people's guilt, as you have
done from Egypt until now.'
20 Yahweh said, 'I forgive them as you ask.
Mat 6:14 For if you forgive others their
trespasses, your heavenly Father will
also forgive you;
15 but if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your sins.
Mar11:25 "Whenever you stand praying,
forgive, if you have anything against
anyone; so that yur Father in heaven
may also forgive you your sins."
Luke6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not
be judged; do not condemn, and you will
not be condemned. Forgive, and you will
Luke 11: He said to them, "When you pray,
say: Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves
forgive everyone indebted to us. And do
not bring us to the time of trial."