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How did the self-sacrifice of Jesus save humanity?

Just a short and sweet explanation; no pontification, if you please!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The idea is that he took the punishment for human sin for anyone who wished to accept that he did so.

    Source(s): Just answering the question, don't eat me
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  • 4 years ago

    Jesus saved humanity by assuming a human form that could be tempted to do evil, as the human form had inherited evil tendencies from the mother. However as His soul was Divine, He could not commit any evil, so in His human form a spiritual battle arose between Jehovah and all of hell. Through resisting and conquering temptation in His human form, Jesus conquered the power of hell, and this continued until Jesus rose from the dead at which time His human form was made Divine. The Divine could now flow through His human form into all humanity through the Holy Spirit, and it is through that that each person can call upon Him when one tries to resist and repent from evil. Without His coming, the dominion of hell had cutoff heaven, and angels could no longer influence humanity towards heaven as they could at the beginning, and all would have been lost had not the Divine directly intervened.

    The other answers, that Jesus "paid the penalty" for sins, or that blood remitted sins, or that a human sacrifice was necessary to satifsy a "legal" demand, are not true. This is known as the theory of vicarious atonement, which was introduced in the church around the 11th century, and is followed by Catholic and Protestant churches. The one I gave is closer to the more ancient explanation of the Orthodox church, and is known as "Christus Victor" which is seeing a revival in some churches in the west.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is based by Christianity on the idea of replacing the animal sacrifices done by the Jews in the Temple, with a human being as the sacrifice instead.

    Christianity teaches that blood was necessary for the remission of sin. This is not true. There were many other sacrifices brought, such as grains. Animal blood sacrifices were only used for unintentional sin.

    To replace animal sacrifice with human sacrifice was never a concept that existed in Judaism, nor does it exist in the Jewish Torah (the old testament).

    This idea in Christianity comes straight from the ancient pagan cults that selected virgin men (and women), declared them to be human-gods, and then sacrificed them. Then the body was eaten and the blood drank in rememberance of the god/human who had been sacrificed and also because it was believed that by eating the body and drinking the blood, the human/god's powers would be taken into the person eating it.

    Christianity also justified this by creating the doctrine of Original Sin, which doesn't exist in Judaism. The Christian leaders deliberately misinterpreted the story in Genesis of Adam and Eve to give it the result of Original Sin, which is a doctrine that states all people are born sinful, worthless, filthy like rags and cannot do anything about this state themselves but must come to the Church and the Church's dead but risen man-god in order to have "salvation" from this state.

    And of course it required its followers to eat the body and drink the blood in rememberance. This was taught to be literal, that the wafer turned into the body, and the wine turned into the actual blood, upon eating and drinking it. Later, this was toned down to be "symbolic" for most branches of Christianity.

    The theme of a god impregnating a virgin human, the resulting child is born in a humble abode of some sort (cave, stable, etc.) , the child is a human-god astounds the elders in the house of worship at a young age, grows up and then disappears for a period of time, reappears to teach and gather disciples, then is betrayed by a close follower for something of monetary value, taken to be sacrificed, ascends to the underworld for 3 days, then rises again to renew all life, then ascends to the upper world where he sits at the right hand of the main god...

    all of this is extremely common and found among dozens of ancient mythologies of gods long before Jesus. I mean, it's WORD FOR WORD the same.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is like when someone runs into a burning home to save the life of someone else. The saved person could be a stranger or a criminal, it does not matter. Jesus put himself in harms way to save the life of another, actually all of humanity. He died for everyone who has ever been born. He took the punishment that was to be ours.

    The Bible says that the wages of sin is .death . It also says that all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God. Because we have all sinned, we all will die. The Bible also says that God gave His Son and whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life. Jesus is the bridge that reconnects us to God.

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  • Rich
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Beleive in him or not.

    His message of equality that the poor are equal in the eyes of God played a key role in the advancment of human rights. Democracy and freedom

    No unbiased student of History could disagree with that. The sermon on the mount was and is one of the key steps in the freedom we have today it stands up there with the words of Jefferson Gandhi Pain and King.

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  • It saved those that are willing to repent and put their faith in God and Jesus as Messiah.

    Read John 3 verses 14 thru 19.

    Isaiah 53

    5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

    He was crushed for our iniquities;

    The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

    And by His scourging we are healed.

    6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,

    Each of us has turned to his own way;

    But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

    To fall on Him.

    Romans 5:8-10 (New American Standard Bible)

    8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

    10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

    Prof. Daniel B. Wallace (expert in ancient texts and early Biblical manuscripts) in an interview in the book "The Case for the Real Jesus" says "It's disturbing that when it comes to the Christian faith, people don't really want, or know how, to investigate the evidence", are you willing to try and learn about our only hope?

    Salvation and faith are simple...only one way to salvation, faith, humble and repent.

    Todd

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Bible says that the punishment for any sin is death. God's universe, God's rules. We are all sinners because we steal, lie, cheat, hate people, want things that aren't ours, and so on. http://wayofthemaster.com/goodperson.shtml

    Blood must be shed to pay the penalty for sin. Once again, God's universe, God's rules. For several thousand years, animals were sacrificed to cover sin, but they could never take sin away; they could only temporarily cover it over. Thousands and thousands of animals were sacrificed over the years to cover up the sins of people.

    Jesus, who is perfect, being God, gave himself as a perfect sacrifice and then "once and for all" , he was killed, and the the sacrifice was complete. The sin was not just covered over, it was forgiven, forever. So the penalty, the blood required for sins was paid by Jesus.

    In order to have this payment applied to you, you must repent (turn from your sins) and trust or believe in Jesus' sacrifice that he made on your behalf.

    That is what Christians call being "born again": taking on this payment for yourself by dying to your own desires and selfish ways, and taking on Jesus.

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  • What?
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    God requires blood for the atonement of sins. Animal sacrifices had to be done daily because they just covered the sins. Jesus' blood wipes the slate clean. That's why He is called the Lamb of God.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Adam brought a curse upon all mankind when he disobeyed God in the garden. Jesus, the last Adam, made atonement for mankind by offering Himself a living sacrifice to appease a holy and just God.

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  • tgal
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Believing in Jesus' resurrection and His love for us is really sweet in my opinion. Imagine if you will the correlation of the 13 stripes Jesus had of exposed flesh and then the 13 red stripes on the American flag --purposely represented even with Betsy Ross' first flag ! Wouldn't you enjoy spending an eternity with a man like that?? I would !!

    If you want more info, I M me.

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