As believers in Christ, we understand the cross is central to our salvation. However, the manner in which the Lord's death obtained this does not easily fit into a simple description. While it is not necessary to understand the theology behind the cross to apply it, there are some views that are more sound than others.
The site below lists various theories about what the Atonement meant. Some of them overlap, and are refinements of previous basic views; therefore it's okay to favor more than one.
I hope this is interesting to discuss; please don't let it be contentious!
How do you see it? Which views do you think are the best or the worst? (I've heard some of the worst, even in church!)
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Atonement of Christ
The Atonement of Christ is the sacrificial work of Jesus for sinners. In his death on the cross, Christ atoned for the sins of humanity such that God is satisfied and reconciliation is accomplished for all who will be redeemed. The obedience and death of Christ on behalf of sinners is the ground of redemption.
Necessity of the atonement
As stated above, Jesus' death satisfied and reconciled sinners to God. Yet, in order to fully appreciate the doctrine of the atonement it must be made clear why the atonement was necessary.