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Atonement Atonement in the larger sense deals with a common factor which is sin The definition is a making at on which points to a process of bringing those who are enstranged into a unityDouglas 107 It is a theological term which derives from the Anglo-Saxon The word atonement appears eighty seven times in the Old Testament in the RSV BibleNelson 55 According to Strongs Exhaustive Concordance which is using the King James Version appears seventy seven times in the Old Testament and only once in the New Testament In Leviticus atonement appears fifty one times more than any other book of the bible In Numbers it appears seventeen times and in Exodus eleven times The reason why it is used so much in Leviticus is that during that time period priest were intercessors between the people and God In the New Revised Standard Concordance atonement appears eighty seven times Out of those eighty seven times eighty one appear with the word make or made This would constitute that an atonement in these uses would cause the person who prepares the atonement to work at making an atonement We find that in the New Testament we dont have to work to receive a pardon from our sins The whole bible leads up to the cross and everything after the cross points back to the cross Christ was the ultimate and final atonement for us In the Old Testament their atonement to God was to always be unblemished for the sake of perfection Morris 147 They believed that the perfect atonement would set them free from all their sins and thus make them clean in Gods eyes The Hebrew word for atone is It is used frequently for the process of sacrifice It was thought that a man must make and atonement to God that was adequate to give to Him
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