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So, basically atonement blood pays for the sins of human beings. Yep. You read that correctly.
In the case of modern Christianity the atonement blood they are referring to is none other than the blood of the dearly departed, divine, Son of God, the crucified Jesus.
Apparently, Christianity has it on good authority (you like that pun?) that if those who participate in said religion believe in everything that the Holy Bible tells them in regards to Jesus dying for the sins of the world, they then shall be forgiven for all the bad crap they have ever done.
In addition to this fine promise of complete and total absolution, these same individuals shall be granted a permanent hall pass/permission slip/special ticket/party invitation to spend eternity living with God/Jesus/I Am/Alpha/Omega, yada-yada, plucka-plucka.
Some Bible Verses About Atonement:
By:God the Misinterpreted
Verses From the Old Testament
What I will be doing here in this section is discussing the various Holy Bible verses about atonement, how many religious folks totally botch the interpretations of these verses, and what the original meanings and translations were. I will first show the verse in blue and then offer my opinion in white.
Leviticus 1:4 "And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him." (King James Version)
Okay, so here we have someone putting their hands on something that is burned. The inference here is that this burnt object is a sacrifice of some kind...very likely something that was alive and kicking not so long ago.
Leviticus 4:20 "And he shall do with the bullock as he did with the bullock for a sin offering, so shall he do with this: and the priest shall make an atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them." (King James Version)
Something in this verse tells me that the individual writing it needed to learn more of the language before trying to write scripture. Didn't there used to be a high priced clothing store called Bullock's, or something?
Leviticus 4:26 "And he shall burn all his fat upon the altar, as the fat for the sacrifice of peace offerings: and the priest shall make an atonement for him as concerning his sin, and it shall be forgiven him." (King James Version)
The individual writing these verses was absolutely consumed and totally taken with the ideas of sacrificing (killing) and burning (killing) and making atonement (killing) so that people may be forgiven (probably killed later on).
The only time that fat makes a sweet savor as it burns is when it is part of a steak that is cooking on a grill. Other than that, this verse basically says that peace may be accomplished by killing something (must be something innocent in order to work best) and then peeling the fat off of it and cooking it. Well, alright for nonsense religion! I thought this was written (or at least inspired) by the one true God who has everything down to a science? I wager that whatever God inspired this silliness had no clue what he was talking about.
Here we go again with killing something innocent and good in order to 'atone' or 'make up' for something that is bad. And I am sure you have noticed an obsession with taking the fat away and burning it. I guess they did not have treadmills back then.
Leviticus 5:6 "And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin." (King James Version)
This is a creepy verse, right? Not only are they going to kill something innocent in order to try to make up for something shitty or bad that they have done, but the creature they are going to kill will be a kid, a baby...a creature whose life has barely begun. How twisted. And people think this religion is THE answer? They will tell you they don't do these sacrifices anymore, because Jesus did all the dying. Still makes no damn sense.
Leviticus 5:10 "And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the manner: and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which he hath sinned, and it shall be forgiven him." (King James Version)
Lots of burning, lots of sacrificing, lots of offering up the life of this or that for the bad things that people have done in their lives. Oh, and the priest is always right there to ensure that forgiveness and atonement are given. Sounds like some sort of bloody cult...the very kind that Christianity preaches against so many times in history.
Leviticus 5:16 "And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him." (King James Version)
Remember that these verses are supposedly inspired by the God of Issac, Abraham, and Jacob, the same God that is worshiped round the world by many as the father of the savior of mankind (Jesus), and this God is telling people in this verse that in order to make amends for the harm that they have done something must be killed (the ram of the trespass offering). This supposedly loving God is obviously obsessed with killing, death, and the destruction of good things in order to pay for bad things.
Leviticus 5:18 "And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him." (King James Version)
Trust my divine knowledge as God the Misinterpreted when I tell you that if you screw up, seriously, if you screw up the best thing to do is to find a GOOD way to fix whatever it is you eff'd up. And guess what? Killing or sacrificing something is not a good way to fix whatever it is you did wrong.
Leviticus 6:7 "And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein." (King James Version)
And verses like this are why hapless, brainless criminals in prison believe they are right with God, the world, mankind, and Jesus...because Jesus had made their atonement by dying for them, therefore everything is alright. See, what they do is take New Testament verses of Jesus dying on the cross for their sins, and then they cross reference those verses with verses like the ones I am commenting on here. Then, SHAZAAM! They are suddenly and amazingly forgiven for stuff like murdering six people, robbing a mini-mart, stealing and selling three cars, kidnapping an elderly couple, selling dope, and all the other bad crap criminals tend to do.
Leviticus 7:34 "As he hath done this day, so the LORD hath commanded to do, to make atonement for you." (King James Version)
Ahh, God commanding people to kill living things in order that they be forgiven. Isn't that nice? Lots of civilizations throughout the ages have killed living things in order to be forgiven or in order to please the gods. Christianity, even it its deepest roots, is NO DIFFERENT.
Leviticus 9:7 "And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as the LORD commanded." (King James Version)
As usual, there is a group of people who go along with the 'sacrifice to God' idea because someone has told them that God has told them to tell everyone else to do it. These people who supposedly speak on behalf of God and the people who believe their crap seem to ignore some very big and important questions:
1) Why is this God demanding the blood of innocent creatures to pay for bad/negative things or sins or trespasses? How exactly does destroying something good and innocent pay for or atone for something bad?
2)This is a bloodthirsty God. When exactly did he establish that his commandments to kill innocent things to please him were any different or better than any other religion/spiritual practice that killed things and made blood sacrifices? What makes his killing any better or any less 'sinful' and abhorrent than, say, that of ancient Mayans or even Satanists?
3) If this so called all-powerful God knew that this form of sacrifice would not work out for man, why didn't he have Jesus pop out back then? Why wait so long? Why let the sins and sinful nature of man build up? To teach man a lesson? Why choose such a twisted way to teach a lesson?
4) What is the real reason that this supposedly perfect God demanded sacrifices of man? Is it because he was trying to scare his imperfect creation into behaving better? The more scary and more bloodthirsty a God is the better people will behave, right?
5) So, the Christian God is supposed to be PERFECT in every way, the ultimate in everything that is correct and good, right? How in the hell can that be justified with the ideology of killing something that is innocent in order to absolve the guilty? That sounds just like twisted religious extremism...and it is. And time and again people swallow this crap and take it as actual truth because some holy person or some really old scrolls say that God said it.