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Atonement defined: 1. making of amends: the making of reparation for a sin or a mistake
2. reconciliation between God and people: in Christian belief, the reconciliation between God and people brought about by the death of Christ

What atonement is there for blood spilt upon the earth? Aeschylus

…By the end of Yom Kippur they will have made peace with others and with God. Judiasm

…Atonement of Sin: Sin defined: 1. transgression of divine law 2. any act regarded as such a transgression, esp. a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle. 3. any reprehensible or regrettable action, behavior, lapse, etc.; great fault or offense

Hinduism: Those that commit sins, can always free themselves from them through penance, sacrifice and gifts. O king, O foremost of men, sinful people are purified by sacrifice, austerities and charity. Mahabharata Ashwamedha Parva

Judaism “Wash you, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before Mine eyes, cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”  Tanakh -Yesheyahu/Isaiah 1:16-18

Unity School of Christianity “Atonement: The mind of each individual may be consciously unified with the Divine Mind through the indwelling Christ.* By affirming At-One-Ment with God Mind, we eventually realize the perfect mind which was in Christ Jesus; The uniting of our consciousness with the higher consciousness. Atonement is the spiritual experience in which we as individuals participate in conscious oneness with God.”

* “The Christ: Christ abides in each person as potential perfection. Each person has within himself or herself the Christ Idea, just as Jesus had. Each person must look to the indwelling Christ in order to recognize their divine origin and birth. Christ is the pattern in God Mind for a perfect human. We speak of Christ as principle, divine idea, spiritual pattern, the Spirit of God indwelling us. It is the name of the perfect pattern of wholeness that is present in all God’s offspring. The Christ within is our true essence and our divine nature. It is the presence of God within us.”

“Repentance: True repentance means the changing of the mind and all its contents of error beliefs. True repentance is always followed by forgiveness, which is a complete wiping out of the error thought from consciousness and a full deliverance from the inharmony that the error thought has produced;  A turning to a belief in God and righteousness, a reversal of mind and heart in the direction of the All-Good. When we repent, we break with mortal thought and ascend into a spiritual thought realm, the kingdom of God. In overcoming sin we must choose to let go of error beliefs and allow them to be transformed so that they reflect the Truth more fully. Even if we have given into temptation, we can always choose again. We can turn from the temptation to the All-Good, God. Such a correction of our thoughts enables us to be free from our errors and their consequences.” Unity Institute, Metaphysics I, An Overview of the Fundamental Teachings of Unity, pp. 57-59, 92. Heart



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