Blogger Michael Tobias writes in his post, Jesus and Atonement:
In the nearly 2000 years of the history of the Christian church, there have been several interpretations of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Many have used new imagery to reflect the changing times.
But the imagery that sticks and continues to be used is the imagery of the Day of Atonement sacrifice and scapegoat…simply because the writers of the New Testament used it and it has become associated with “God’s Word,” as in, inerrant.
Michael goes on to say,
The problem with this imagery is that it portrays God as a King who is too pure to engage with “sinful” creatures and who is angry because his “subjects” continually disobey his laws and fail to meet his standards.
Jesus paints a starkly different portrait of God.
In this short post, I think Michael does an excellent job contrasting this view of God against the loving Father Jesus shares with us. I recommend it highly; you can read Michael’s post at: