The sacrificial atonement….Justice?
An introduction to Christians, from an atheist, on why the story of the sacrifice of Jesus is not seen as beautiful.
Christian doctrine teaches that all are found guilty. All need saved, because all have sinned.
“No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” … For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. ” (Rom3:10-12,23)
That the price or consequence of sin is death…
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” (rom. 6:23)
That Jesus Christ paid the price of our sin in our place. ( For those who receive it/ or are chosen, depending upon ones particular theological leaning).
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (rom. 5:8)
We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved … For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (rom. 10:9-10,13)
Salvation through Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God.
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” (rom.5:1, 8:1)
So, to the atheist/human secularist the idea of Justice and the sacrificial atonement of Jesus is an oxymoron.
Saying that humans are guilty and worthy of death, (no matter how big or little a sin is committed, not matter whether they make restitution here on earth, or not, ) and that each human deserves death, (and according to many christians: eternal burning in a lake of fire) . That the payment for such deeds can be paid by the spilled blood of an “innocent lamb” , one who knew no sin, is very far from our idea of justice indeed.
Washed clean in the blood….”just as if you knew no sin” made white, and whole, and able to enter the pearly gates.
Justice? or oxymoron?