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Christian question: What's your view of Atonement?

post #1 of 4
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Hi,
A question for Christians and any others who have a viewpoint about this topic:

What is your view of Christ's atonement? What does it mean for you? How would you describe it to someone who wasn't Christian?

I have no idea of the concept of Atonement is the same in all Christian spheres, and I'm trying to find out. I am also interested in any other ideas about atonement, and whether it's present in other belief systems.

TIA,
Bekka
post #2 of 4
Wow.. interesting question. I think my ideas about atonement stem from my ideas about sin. I believe that sin is something that interferes with my relationship with God and often with other relationships as well. So atonement must address both of those aspects. Sometimes this can be done internally and other times it must incorporate some gesture to the person I have sinned against. It is really fluid for me. I find that if I put myself in the right frame spiritually it quickly becomes clear what needs to be done... I can sometimes see it clearly as a barrier between myself and forgiveness and peace. The interesting thing is that it never feels like "I must do X for God to forgive me" it is "I must do X before I can be open to God's forgiveness."
post #3 of 4

What an interesting subject...

I was involved with a Bible study group a few years ago - and studied this a little bit at that point...

My perception of Atonement:
Atonement is the process or act of becoming at-one-with your creator... or in other words - resetting the scales to a state of being in balance.
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I'll throw in my 2 cents worth. I believe that my sin separates me from God. Before Christ, atonement came from sacrificing at the altar in the temple. An animal was given in sacrifice in place of the person. Through the sacrifice, man was once again in the presence of God. CHrist came and became the ultimate sacrifice for everyone's sins for all time. I no longer have to sacrifice according to the law of Moses. I have to accept the sacrifice of Christ. Because Christ died for my sins, I am free to experience a personal relationship with God. I ask for forgiveness through CHrist who has already atoned for my sins. Hope this answered your questions Bekka.

P.S. I am Methodist. Baptized, confirmed, practicing.
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