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Yahweh the God who forgives and forgets sins

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Christian apologists insist that the only way to get rid of sin is by atonement, in this case Jesus’ death and sacrifice on the cross. Now when we read the Bible, just like many other Christological concepts, we find that this concept of sin only being removed by atonement, is not really biblical, and that there are indeed other ways of removing sin.

In Jeremiah 31 we read about how God will simply forgive people of their sins, and not only will God forgive people of their sins, the text even goes on to say God will forget about the people’s sins.

Here is the text from Jeremiah 31:

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
    “when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
    and with the people of Judah.It will not be like the covenant
 I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand
 to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband tothem,declares the Lord. “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
    and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

So according to the above passages, Yahweh will make a new covenant with the people, and in this new covenant, he will forgive the people sins, and he will remember their sins no more.

These passages in Jeremiah demonstrate that atonement is not the only way for sin to be blotted out, that God can remove sin by simply forgiving the people, and remembering it no more. 

 

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