This is the last study on M.G.T.
DOCTRINE: The Atonement of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
MGT says that the atonement shows a willingness on God's part to forgive sin, rather than a desire to punish sin. MGT says that God forgives completely out of His grace rather than a need for personal vindictive satisfaction. In other words, M.G.T. says that God would not have sent Jesus to the cross to die for sin. It would say that we are saved by the good life of Jesus and by God's goodness and God's grace. M.G.T. would say that the cross was not necessary for mankind to be saved.
However, the Bible teaches sin needed to be judged and punished, and that true Biblical atonement is Christ taking the punishment for our sins on the cross. (Is. 53:5; Nah. 1:3). The Bible teaches that the work of the cross is the punishment of sin that satisfied God's wrath on sin. (1 John 2:2 ). (Note that the word “Propitiation” in Greek is “hilasmos" which means “a satisfaction”, or “that which turns away wrath and makes amends for sin”).