The word "atonement" was conceived and coined by William Tyndale in the sixteenth century to address a translation problem. The nearest
English translation for the Hebrew term "kippur" was "reconciliation"; however, it did not include the concepts of "satisfying the wrath
of God" and "forgiveness" that the Hebrew term conveyed.
The Bible is clear why atonement is necessary for human beings.
1. Human beings are born with sin. By nature, we are sinful, prideful, and have desires for selfish indulgences.
2. By refusing to conform to the moral law of God in action, attitude and nature, we are separated from the presence
3. In accordance to God's judicial standard, the penalty for sin is death.
4. Regardless of our best effort, we cannot meet God's moral standard nor atone for our own sins or earn our own
salvation. Being good does not absolve us of our sins.