Christian Apologetics Through the Lens of
Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons & Secularists
If you feel a little confused about the Christian doctrine of atonement, don’t be surprised. This is the end game for the enemy: to get you to deny the offer of a pardon for YOUR crimes (sins) so that you will not be at-one-ment with God.
On the night of deliverance from Pharaoh’s Egypt the sons of Abraham were to slaughter a spotless lamb, eat its flesh and smear some of the blood over the doorway and on the door-posts of their home. Because they were under this blood arrangement (drawing a line between the doorposts and down from the door header above will form the stick figure of a cross), and had the lamb inside of themselves after they ate the Passover Supper, the angel “passed over” that house as he delivered God’s execution judgment. ONLY THOSE UNDER THE BLOOD ARRANGEMENT WERE SPARED. There was no other way to avoid judgment….PERIOD.
Many years later the real Lamb of God was betrayed and murdered by not only his own covenant people, but by a collaboration of gentiles as well; hence, a representation of all mankind, Jew and Gentile. Yet, on the very day that the creation killed its Creator He offered this:
“Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye”
This offer is called the Substitutionary Atonement and is denied to Jehovah’s Witnesses by their leadership. The contract states in so many words: “My LIFE for yours. I will take your punishment due you if you will take my life inside of you”….hence the significance of eating his “flesh” and drinking his “blood”. The key point is that an exchange takes place here. Christ substitutes in our place on the Cross for the punishment due us, and we become the “righteousness of God” due him. Initially, this is true by virtue of the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and finally through the process of Sanctification.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him – 2 Cor. 5: 21
This is a very real contract that is unto the death of both parties. It is a BLOOD COVENANT in the fullest possible meaning of the term. It is sealed by the death of BOTH signatories. In the case of Jesus – on Calvary Hill; and in the case of humans who accept the offer – they die as unto themselves. They give up the rights to themselves and invite God to take control of their lives. When God does this by entering the individual by means of the Holy Spirit, that person is said to be born again. The individual is no longer the boss of his or her own life, God is. Finally, the deal is done when the believer dies and completes his end of the bargain with God.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
“it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
Now you know the full meaning behinds Christ’s words when he said:
“Whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
This is the way out of our predicament. Jesus is the way, there is no other. The path is not a verb or a noun, conjunction, independent clause or any other figure of speech, with the exception of one singular Pro-Noun, the undying, self existing Word of God, Jesus.
Thus the Watchtower hope of escaping death and waltzing right on into paradise after God kills everyone else is false. It is based on the premise that if a person does what the ever-changing Watchtower says, they have no guilt before God, which would make judgment unnecessary and therefore not a threat to you personally. It is a different plea agreement than the one offered by God. And remember, there is no atonement for YOUR sin according to the WT view. No one pays the piper… not you or Christ. This is the singular objective of all false religion – to separate you, the guilty sinner, from God’s mercy and full pardon.
Therefore, the practice of rejecting the “flesh” and ‘blood” of Christ each year at the Memorial is most unwise. It guarantees your judgment and righteous penalty. Just like the Passover, ONLY THOSE UNDER THE BLOOD CAN BE SAVED. There simply is no other way. Your life for His….that’s the deal on the table. There is no other; take it or leave it. But, don’t try to pervert it.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20
Some versions remove references to the blood atonement and muddy the water. In the case of the New World Translation, the substitutionary atonement is at times completely replaced by their spin on the doctrine of the ransom. Just because Jesus may have paid that which was lost by Adam, and Christ’s blood may or may not be applied on other objects of God’s mercy; the only way to guarantee a favorable outcome of your own trial and judgment is to enter into a life exchange agreement with Christ NOW, if you have not already done so.