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At - Onement

Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative

Salvation begins with the concept of atonement.

But the term "atonement" is not found in the Bible; how was this concept introduced and what does it mean?

1534 printing of the Tyndale Bible

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.

Thus "at" and "onement" was created to embody the ideas of

"remission of sin",

"satisfying the wrath of God" and

"reconciliation to God."

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 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.



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