Why the atonement, I asked? No – REALLY – why? I don’t want to hear it from others – I want to know from you. My answer:
Christ had to show us that WE have power over death – that by living fully IN LIFE – and by that I mean the love that is the universal power that creates, or overcomes entropy (death) – the creative power of the Father which is imbued in all things – that by living fully IN LIFE as He did, WE can overcome death; that love is eternal and real…and living, and everything else is an illusion, is temporary, and is ultimately death. The living water? Love. The bread of life? Love. So, how does this overcome sin, how does it give us blanket forgiveness if we ask for it? How was He the first fruits of the resurrection? Love. If someone dies without love? They don’t get resurrected, because they are not living off of love, they are still sowing the seeds of death, they have not taken onto themselves the living water, and they cannot be resurrected until they do. This is what is meant by believing in Christ, having faith in Christ. Our sins are overcome by love. Repentance is regretting that we did not love. Forgiveness, the wiping out of sin, is brought about by loving, which overcomes death. Sin (acting in the absence of love) is death, and sin is overcome by that which overcomes death – love.
This is huge, of course, and important, but I still think it’s only part of the answer. The AT-ONE-MENT? The atonement is Christ pouring out His love on everyone, on everything, for that matter; accepting their sins as His own, casting the cloak of charity (the pure love of Christ – the willingness to be one with us, even if we reject that oneness by our rejection of love) on all. The atonement is the ultimate expression of (and invitation to be part of) the oneness of all in the universe, one in the love of the Father the creator. With the atonement, he erected this huge tent, and said, “You are welcome. Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow, because I love you that much. BUT…this is the love, that which I have shown you through my life, that we must all learn before we can be resurrected, because the resurrection is wrought by love and love alone. Without it, we remain subject to death, because we reject that which overcomes the power of death. WHENEVER you are able to live in this tent – in oneness, in love – I have created a place for you (a mansion?) AND I will wait for you until you are ready. In the meantime (and this is where it gets good) I will continue to embrace our oneness regardless of your actions or your rejection of this living water that is offered you. I will be there with you in all your struggles, however long it takes for you to figure it out, and when you do, we will kill the fatted calf..
This is so cool when you throw everything out the window, and ask the question of the source, and when you get an answer, you can see how it ties in with all the stuff you just threw out the window – only now you know it’s true – and now you own it. It’s like when you leave your parents’ home and set out to live life, and as you experience it, you are reminded of all the things your parents said and did, only now these lessons are yours, because you’ve tied them to your own experience and your own understanding.
So many things are coming together. I stand all amazed.