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The significance of the crucifixion of Jesus

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What is atonement?

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Referring to the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus, this solution examines the concept of atonement.

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In Christian thought, atonement is humanity's reconciliation with God through the sacrifice of Jesus' life through death on the cross. Human sin is thought to damage the relationship between people and God, but Jesus' death enables humanity to "get right" with God.

How does this work? Different Christian groups understand the atonement in different ways, many of which overlap. One way, the 'ransom' approach, draws on Mark 10:45, where Jesus says he gives his life as a "ransom for many." The 'Satisfaction' or 'Vicarious Atonement' ...

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