Why should Jesus have to suffer to atone for human beings sins? Simply stated, the definition of atonement is to cover over sins. After being given the blessing of life by God, it is in our rightful duty as human beings to atone for our sins to show our loyalty to God. However, there are many conflicting ways in which human beings ought to atone for their sins. Jesus served as a surrogate, or substitute, for human beings, who didn’t have the ability to atone for their sins. He was crucified and conquered sin through death. However, there is no redemption in Jesus serving as a surrogate and suffering to atone for human being’s sins.
According to Anselem, we need to atone for our sins by receiving punishment or making God satisfied, and if we cannot repay God in a way that is satisfying, than we have to give up our life. Anselem further argues that humans sin so much, that they dishonor God, and don’t have the capacity to satisfy God. He thinks that, “people owed honor to God just as medieval peasants and squires owed honor and loyalty to their overlords. However, humans had no power to give satisfaction to God for disloyalty to God through their sin” (Williams, 163). He refers to a “God-man”, who is the only God that has the capacity to make satisfaction in order to atone for humans’ sins. Therefore, for the greater good of the people, “God satisfied God’s own violated honor by sending God’s Son to earth in human form ultimately to die on the cross” (Williams, 163). Therefore, God becomes human in order to make satisfaction for all humans sins. Jesus stands in as a surrogate in order for the people to atone for their sins. Jesus dies at the cross and conquerors sin by death.
However, why is the act of suffering the answer to atone for all of human beings’ sins? I believe in sacrificing for the cause of the greater good, but how do we know that Jesus’ death changed anything in history? If a soldier jumped in front of a grenade... [continues]
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