- So here are some examples of where God relents and shows mercy and people are atoned for as a response to repentance without need for sacrifice or punishment:
- • The story of Jonah and Nineveh. Their wickedness has come up before me . God intends to bring justice and punish them because they were violent and oppressive. The Ninnevites repent and God relents . He doesn't demand that they make a blood sacrifice to meet his need for justice, he just forgives them. Jonah becomes furious at this apparent injustice. God responds by saying "Why should I not have compassion? They repented. I love these people (and their animals)"
- • 2 Chronicles 32:26 (Repentance of pride lead to forgiveness)
- • Numbers 16:46-47 (incense is used to atone for sins)
- • Exodus 30:15-16, Numbers 31:50 (money is used to make atonement)
- • Leviticus 5:11 (a poor person can use flour to make atonement)
- • Micah 7:18, Psalm 78:36-39, Isaiah 43:23-25 (sometimes God forgives just because he chooses to)
- • Isaiah 30: 15, Jeremiah 36:3, Isaiah 55:7 (Salvation lies in repentance!)
- • 2 Chronicles 7:14, Jeremiah 15: 19, Jeremiah 18: 8 (Salvation lies in repentance!)
- • Ezekiel 18:21-32, Job 22:23-27 (God takes no pleasure in death! We need only repent to come right with him)
- • Psalms 51:14-17 (A broken and contrite heart)
- • Proverbs 16:6 (through love and faithfulness)
- • Isaiah 1:11-18, Daniel 4: 27 (Through social justice)
- • Hosea 6:6 (God prefers loyalty and relationship to sacrifice)
- • 1 Samuel 15:22 (Obedience better than sacrifice)
- • Micah 6:6-8 (Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God)
- • Mark 1: 4. Prior to Jesus, John the Baptist taught that forgiveness can come through repentance and baptism. He makes no mention of blood sacrifice!
- • John 8: 2 – 11 . My favourite! A woman was caught in adultery. Justice and the law required that she be stoned. Jesus showed that he wasn’t bound by the law because he chose to forgive her. God is not bound by the law either! God can and does occasionally choose to forgive without requiring punishment.
- • Christ forgave many before he went to the cross, that's plain and clear from the Gospel narratives.
- • Ultimately scripture suggests that God always chooses the best course of action to bring us to peace with God. It doesn't always require blood.
Atonement without punishment
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