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Was Jesus' death on the cross needed?

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According to Christian missionaries, salvation can only come through the death and resurrection of Jesus, without the blood atonement, there is no way of being forgiven and becoming truly righteous. So the cross is needed for your salvation, without the cross, it’s impossible to be saved and be right with God.

Now is this really true? Was the cross actually needed? Was Jesus’ death ever required? The answer is a clear no, and the evidence for this comes from none other than the Bible itself. The Bible itself, and not only the Bible, but Jesus as well show that the cross and the atonement was never needed for people to be right with God.

Let’s just look at the all evidences that prove the sacrifice on the cross was never needed, and we start with the very first message Jesus began to preach to his people telling them the following:

After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:14-15)

Jesus repeated this message again while having dinner at someone’s house:

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Mark 2:15-17)

So the question that needs to be asked is this, what should these people repent to?

This was before Jesus was ever crucified, before he was ever killed on the cross, and before he was resurrected, so what are these people supposed to repent with? According to missionaries, Jesus’ crucifixion is the only way to salvation, well that obviously isn’t the case here now is it, because Jesus is telling the people to repent before any of those events happen, so there was obviously a way to repent from your sin and become right with God, or Jesus wouldn’t have been going around telling people to repent if it wasn’t possible without the blood of the cross, that would just be silly! This is the first proof and evidence that the cross was never needed, because there was a system in place already, and none other than Jesus testifies to this fact.

Another great proof that the cross was never needed in order to get rid of sin, was that Jesus went around forgiving people of their sin! There’s a major irony to this, many missionaries often quote how Jesus forgave sin to prove he was God, yet they don’t realize how this fact completely refutes the theology of the cross.

If Jesus could simply go and forgive someone of their sins, then it means he never had to die to atone for their sins, because he was merely able to forgive their sins by telling them they’re forgiven. As we read in Mark:

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven." Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7"Why does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you thinking these things? 9Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (Mark 2:5-10)

So Jesus simply forgave the man, no blood was shed, and nobody had to die. This obviously proves that the cross again was not needed, or necessary in order for people to be saved or have their sins forgiven.

Other passages from the Bible proving the cross was not needed comes from Matthew 6, when Jesus taught his followers on how to pray, and what they should do during those prayers:

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, 
 aswe also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:9-15)

So according to the Lord’s Prayer, if you forgive someone else in your prayer, the Father will forgive you of your sins, it’s that simple. This demonstrates yet again that the cross and the blood atonement were not needed, because sin could just be forgiven by your action of forgiving someone else in your prayer.

We then have the baptism, notably John the Baptist, and so what was the baptism? Was the baptism simply about getting into the water and having a nice swim? According to the Bible, the reasoning and purpose of the baptism was the following:

John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. (Mark 1:4-5)

So the baptism was for the remission of sins, in other words, one got baptized to remove their sins, and John was the one who used to baptize the people. Yet again this shows that a system was already in place to get rid of sins, and demonstrates that the cross was not needed, nor was it the only way to remove sins.

Now if the cross is the only way to be saved, through Jesus’ death, then what about all the people that came before his death? Are they all damned to hell? The Israelites who had to the Torah given to them by God, are they all damned to hell, is Moses, Abraham, and Noah all damned to hell? The obvious answer is no, because yet again, during those times, there was a system already in place for people to repent, and for them to have their sins forgiven.

So in conclusion, when one looks at all the facts, Jesus’ death and atonement on the cross for the sins of mankind was not needed, there was a system already in place for people to have their sins forgiven and removed, there was several ways for them to do this. These facts prove that not only was the cross not really needed, since it didn’t bring anything new, but that it isn’t the only way to be free of sin as evangelicals claim. If the cross is the only way of being free of sin, then how do they explain the baptism that got rid of sin? How do they explain Jesus forgiving sin? How do they explain the Lord’s Prayers that remove sin?

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