March 2007
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
The  Voice  of  Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

False Doctrines of Christendom
#30 - The Death of Jesus was an Atoning Sacrifice

The False Teaching

Hebrews 9: 22 And nearly everything is cleansed with blood according to the law, and apart from shedding of blood, forgiveness does not come to pass. 23 Therefore [there is] necessity the copy of the [things] in the heavens be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things [are cleansed] by [a] greater sacrifice beside these [things]. 24 For not into [a] Holies made with hands did Christ enter, corresponding to the true, but into the heavenly [one] now to appear to God's face in our behalf; 25 not in order that he often offer himself, as the chief-priest entered into the Holies yearly with another's blood, 26 since it was necessary he often suffer from the foundation of the world, but now once to the consummation of eternity for the setting-aside of sins through his sacrifice he is revealed. 

Billy Graham: Why did He do this? He did it for one reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins.

Catholic Catecism: 2100 19 The only perfect sacrifice is the one that Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father's love and for our salvation.

Greek Orthodox: Atonement. (Gr. exilasmos). The redemptive activity of Christ in reconciling man to God. The Orthodox believe that Christ, through His death upon the cross, atoned or paid for human sins.
As a Priest, Christ offers Himself as a victim for the life of the world. Through His sacrifice on the Cross, Christ "redeems us from the curse of the law, by His precious blood," bestowing "immortality upon humankind"

Exposing the Error

When one has displeased the god, one must purchase the gods favor by giving the god something of value -- a sacrifice. That's the idea we have received from primitive man, amended and elaborated. A professional class necessarily appeared to manage the practice and so arose many an hierarchy, priests, altars, temples and sacrifices. To assure that the god will be satisfied with the sacrifice, the ancients (and some current peoples -- now rare) burned their precious children and others on the altars of the god as directed and administered by their priests. Wikipedia has a good summation.  The Christian belief in sacrificial atonement is a remnant of this ancient superstition. This is the source of the doctrine that makes  a sacrifice of atonement of the death of Jesus.  It is abhorrent to the Father in heaven, this doctrine that makes of Him one that offers up the sacrifice of his Son on the bloody altar of the cross and that can be satisfied only by the shedding of his Son's innocent blood. It is the ultimate insult that places Him in the company of the imagined gods of the ancients -- demanding satisfaction through sacrifices -- and that places his Son, Jesus, in the company of the pagan priests in all cultures that gathered around their bloody altars slaying children, men, and beasts in efforts to satisfy their gods.  What  irony -- that this doctrine that is a maximum insult to our Lord and his Father in heaven should be preached in his name as the only means to achieve the Father's favor and forgiveness. There is no comfort in knowing that Christians trust for their salvation in their condemnation.  it is so easily discerned that there can be no excuse. Just begin listening to Jesus instead of Paul and the Light will come!
Declaring the Truth
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what it means:
I desire mercy and not sacrifice. 
Matthew 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
The Lord stated it.  The cross of Jesus was his alone and an example for us. Would you go to the Father?  Listen:
Mark 8:34  If anyone would come after me, let him renounce himself and take up his cross, and be following me. 35 For whoever would save his psyche-life will lose it, but whoever loses his psyche-life because of me and the gospel will save it.
John 12:26
If anyone be serving me, he must be following me, and where I am, there also will be the [one] serving me.
John 17:13 But now I come to you, and I speak these [things] in the world in order that they have my joy made full in them.
John 17:24 Father, whom you have given me, I wish that where I am they also be with me, in order that they behold my glory, which you have given to me, because you agape-loved me before the foundation of the world.
The Father wants only that we love Him and come to him, and this one thing more: until our hour has come, that we be merciful as he is merciful, for He desires mercy and not sacrifice!
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they will be shown mercy
The Son came to lead the merciful back to the Father.  We must choose: life in this world or life with the Father; that is no sacrifice!  Read More.