Ten Hundred Word Atonement
The Big Book of God says that people are bad, because the first people ate something from a tree when they shouldn’t have done. Because of that, we need to try to make it up to God when we get things wrong. A long time ago, important people killed animals or burnt them to make it better and say sorry to God. That worked for a while, and God was happy, but it wasn’t good enough as a way of always being friends with God again.
It says in the Big Book of God that people can’t make things better on their own, and we always get it wrong when we try, so God sent His son to be a person so that he could do it for us. He didn’t make it better by killing animals, like the important people in the old days, but by having himself killed. This meant that we were friends with God again, even though we still weren’t allowed to live in the nice place where the first people lived before.
It’s not clear how this made us friends again, and God-liking people often fight about it. Some think God wanted to hurt us all for being bad, but decided to hurt his son instead, so that everyone else could be left alone. This is strange, because God didn’t kill His son, but people did. Some say that by dying, God’s son was able to fight death and beat it for us, even though we still die.
What seems funny is that God needed to send His son because people were too bad to make it better, but people still did the killing. If it’s only important that the thing being killed is good, it shouldn’t matter who killed them. If the person doing the killing needs to be good, it would mean that there were the same problems with the way God’s son was killed. It would be better to say that animals weren’t good enough to change anything.
The Big Book of God also says that killing people is wrong, but it’s still good that people killed God’s son. And killing yourself is wrong, but it’s good that God’s son got himself killed. It appears that this is one of those times when two wrongs make a right.
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