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
2. By refusing to conform to the moral law of God in action, attitude and nature, we are separated
from the presence of God.
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.