...if we be honest with ourselves,                                             
we shall be honest with each other. -George MacDonald

Jesus Wept 

Jesus Wept

Jesus came to make atonement.


If you agree with that statement how would you answer the following question?


If a person believes that Jesus died for them and rose from the dead, admits they're a sinner, asks God to forgive them, and starts to trust and obey Jesus, are they a Christian?


I'd answer yes. No matter what else that person may believe, the answer to that question has to be yes. The innocent died for the guilty. Jesus was innocent, we are guilty. If we believe that, and we have begun to trust Jesus, we are saved. Because Jesus died, we don't have to suffer in hell. Atonement has been made.


With that in mind see if you can answer the three questions below. 


These questions are for those who believe (as I do) that God became a man and died, and that his physical body was raised back to life. And just to be crystal clear, each of the three questions is about someone who has accepted that as true.*


1. If a person believes that Jesus died for them and rose from the dead, admits they're a sinner, asks God to forgive them, and starts to trust and obey Jesus, has atonement been made between that person and God, even if they accept a theory of atonement other than penal substitutionary atonement?


2. Is that same person a Christian, if they believe that the view of atonement explained in the video below has the most biblical support? 

3. Is a person saved if they have accepted that Jesus died and rose from the dead for them, confessed their sins, asked for forgiveness, started to trust and obey Jesus, but believes that the theory of atonement with the most biblical support is outlined in the sermon Justice

Note: I have not stated which view of atonement I believe is true. For example, the view of atonement presented in the above video is mistaken. (However, many genuine Christians have believed it. Only in a figurative way, is the view right.) "So why the questions?" If that question crossed your mind, you probably won't grasp the importance of the three questions until you've read Cancelled or paid for?