Atonement is defined as relieving someone of their sins through the suffering of penalties. In theology, atonement is often linked to an event known as the death of Christ and to the reconciliation of the relationship between God and humanity. The atonement of Jesus Christ, the only Savior, is one of the most important topics to understand in theology and the most significant activity occurred in the Bible. Therefore, the church teaches that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins by His passion and death. This topic of atonement helps define and understand how Christ saved us from original sin and helped give an understanding of salvation. Christ’s death became a representation of how God’s relationship with his creations deepened through the forgiveness of their sins and how Christ sacrificed himself to get rid of sin in humanity. Through understanding the topic of atonement, the reason for Christ’s death and the reason why the church teaches the atonement of Christ to the people will be learned.
Before talking about the atonement of Christ in further detail, the fall of man, regarding the story of Adam and Eve needs to be discussed. The reason being is because the fall of man is the beginning story of finding out why Christ had to atone for our sins. The fall of Adam and Eve started in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were the first man and woman created by God through His image. God first created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden. God gives Adam control over living thing on Earth. God then created Eve from Adam’s ribs because God thought it would be a better idea for Adam to have another companion to be around. They were given everything they needed to be happy and felt fulfilled. There was one problem, which was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told them to do whatever they want and eat whatever they want, but to never eat the fruit off the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God’s request to not eat off the tree was a test to show if Adam and Eve would obey God’s orders. Soon, the serpent, who is also Satan in disguise, tries to entice Eve to eat the forbidden fruit off the tree, which was what God told Adam and Eve not to do. The serpent persuades Eve by saying if she did eat the forbidden fruit, she would become immortal and be like God if she ate it. Tempted, Eve eats the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve then begins the persuade Adam to eat the fruit, to which he did. When Adam and Eve were first created, they were brought into the world without sin. Now that they ate the forbidden fruit that God told them not to do, they had just committed their very first sin against God. Adam and Eve brought original sin into the world and was expelled from the Garden of Eden by God. As a result of sin being born into the world, God sends Jesus Christ to earth. This result begins the discussion of atonement.
God sent Jesus to earth to fulfill the many purposes he was chosen to do. Jesus was chosen by God because Jesus is human and divine. He is “the savior who is powerful to save even what is powerless; and on both grounds….”. According to the scripture Romans 5:12, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so, death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”. Everybody is born with sin and in debt to God. This debt cannot be paid by doing a good deed or acting good; death pays this debt. Jesus is God in the flesh and is the only one who could cleanse humankind of their sins by atoning for their sins. The purpose of being sent to earth was to spread the word and to atone for man’s sins due to Adam and Eve bringing sin into the world. Sin became an act that severed the connection between God and humanity. This ultimately led people to lose faith in God and become spiritually separated from him. As a result, God sent Jesus to Earth to atone for our sins. The reason why Jesus had to atone for our sins was so that people would be forgiven of their sins and to bring people’s love and faith towards God back. Atonement brought God’s relationship with humanity closer and humanity’s newfound love for God is “liberated by Jesus Christ from the impoverishment that our humanity brings to it, and he reveals to us in all its fullness the initiative of love and the plan for true life that God has prepared for us”. The Christ’s atonement is an essential element to theology because if it wasn’t for Jesus’ sacrifice, people would be lost into evil and would grow further apart from God. Forgiveness of everyone’s sins would not be obtained.
The church teaches that Jesus atoned for our sins. The church taught that people are born in sin and salvation is needed “in order to be free from sin and death, in order to break down the wall of partition between God and men, to enter into inner and complete communion with God”. They teach that the only way for atonement to be acquired is through the resurrection and death of Jesus. They believe that to obtain everlasting life, they must be rid of sin and put all their faith in God. The reason why the church teaches that Jesus atoned for our sins is to show why people’s relationship with God is closer than when sin was in the world. The importance of Jesus’ atonement was to allow mankind to become closer to God and to have more faith in him. If the church hadn’t taught the topic of Christ’s atonement to people, everyone wouldn’t know what Jesus did and went through for every individual on earth to cleanse them of their sins.
Overall, the story of Adam and Eve became a centric story in showing how sin arrived in the world and why atonement of Christ needed to happen. The atonement of Christ for our sins became known as an act that allowed the forgiveness of sin and allowed humanity to have a closer relationship with God. Knowing of atonement shows how sin became a wall between the people and God. To break that wall, God sent Jesus to earth. Jesus’ sacrifice saved the world of evil. The church teaches that Jesus is the Savior and that all of the people’s faith should be focused on God. God’s love for us is unlimited because he has faith in man and man has faith in him. The atonement of Christ shows how much God was willing to save the world and how much love he has for each person on earth. Through atonement, it is now realized how much Christ was willing to do for God because of the amount of faith, trust, and obedience he had towards God. The atonement of Christ teaches people a lesson to learn in life today. The lesson that one should turn their attention away from themselves and for once care about others.