Nonviolent Atonement

God is love. God is compassion. God is mercy. God is not two-faced. Jesus did not come to save us from the Father. In this message, Michael Hardin shows how our God is not a violent, sacrifice-requiring deity. Come into a new understanding of your Father, the God of peace.

16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 18 Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

— 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NASB)

Michael Hardin
About The Author
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Michael is a grateful graduate of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago where he studied Dietrich Bonhoeffer with F. Burton Nelson and Rene Girard with Edwin A. Hallsten. He lives in Lancaster, PA (in the heart of Amish country). Michael and his beloved Lorri have three daughters and two granddaughters, all named from characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Simarillion.

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