Why Jesus Didn’t Die for Anyone’s Sins

Christianity teaches that Jesus, the perfect sinless lamb-of-Gd had to die for our sins so we can be forgiven and eventually go to heaven. Christianity also touts that it is only through a blood sacrifice a person can receive atonement for any sin, whether intentional, unintentional, past or future sin. It is propagated to congregants that all of us, whether Jew or Gentile, are eternally doomed unless we believe Jesus is the Messiah who died and overcame sin and death through the resurrection. Guilt, condemnation, and fear are the key ingredients while dangling promises of heaven and eternal life to motivate people to believe and cough up cash in the offering plates. These beliefs come from various places throughout the New Testament, which just by cleverly labeling it the “New” Testament sends the message anything before it is old news, invalid, and irrelevant. Out with the old, in with God’s new and improved way of doing things. And yet, Malachi 3:6 clearly states God does not change. We do. With that said, let us explore what the “Old” Testament, or Hebrew Bible, has to say about sin, sacrifices, forgiveness, believing in the Messiah to be saved, etc.

While it is true that all of man sins eventually as the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 3:23 and it is true sin has consequences as he further explains in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death.”, it is not necessarily death or blood of an animal or blood of a human in Jesus’ case that can make it right or to put in Biblical terms, make atonement. It can be confusing, however, when a Christian cherry-picks verses, as they (formerly we) seem to specialize in doing in order to propagate a doctrine. Christian missionaries and ministers often point to Leviticus 17:11 which in part states, “For it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” That is their AH-HA GOTCHA moment. And yet, when studying sacrifices and other passages found in the Hebrew Bible, we see God provides a variety of methods to teach His people a tangible lesson about sin and forgiveness; moreover, He provides grace and mercy well before Jesus and still today regardless of Jesus.

First, understand, there are many different types of sacrifices, most of which are a form of praise and worship and have nothing to do with sin such as the burnt offering, peace offerings, the daily morning and evening offerings, various offerings during the feasts of the LORD, etc. In fact, the sin offering and trespass, also known as guilt offering, is only for unintentional sin, meaning you, your household, the congregation, or the nation accidentally violated God’s law without realizing He had a law against said thing. By the way, did you know according to the Christian Bible or New Testament, it defines sin as breaking God’s law or His Torah (see 1 John 3:4)? Oddly enough, most Christian circles teach God’s laws are irrelevant and can be freely broken. Hence, ham sandwiches for Easter! See what God has to say about pork in Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14, and Isaiah 65-66. Is it not strange Christianity purports someone had to actually suffer and die for the forgiveness of their sins, but it is perfectly OK to keep sinning by abandoning God’s laws after believing in such things? What a self-centered and disrespectful theology!

Second, please study and know there is no sacrifice for intentional sin. Understanding this concept is critical. I encourage you to get a Strong’s Concordance or Google the terms unintentional and intentional in the Bible. You will not find any sacrifice for intentional sin for if you knowingly and purposely sinned, you went through God’s judicial process and would have been eventually stoned or cut-off (same thing) should the account of two or three witnesses manifest. The sin offering sacrifice is for if a sin was unintentionally committed against the LORD whereas the trespass offering was if a person unintentionally sinned against another person and by default the LORD as well. You will notice in Leviticus 4-6, which is the primary chapters discussing these concepts, those who unintentionally sinned against their brother/neighbor/another person had to make restitution to the person they accidentally sinned against. Hence, love God, love others concept taught in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. While reading about the trespass offering, notice in Leviticus 5:6-13, God’s word says that if a person cannot afford to bring a lamb, goat, turtledoves or a pigeon, they can instead simply bring flour for forgiveness. Flour for forgiveness?! What? Had the Church marketed that concept, many more would probably be filling the pews. Bake sales come to mind! Ha ha! My point is there is no blood in flour so based off Christian theology, how could that person be forgiven? Nevertheless, Scripture reveals that person shall be forgiven indeed (see vs. 13). The overall message, God is teaching His people is, yes, sin has consequences, and He uses the concept of sacrifices whether it be ideally a costly sacrifice of an animal or even flour to reveal even unintentional sin is not to be taken lightly and yet forgivable upon repentance. Now learn your lesson and don’t let it happen again.

A sacrifice in of itself cannot save you no more than taking communion saves you. While on that topic, is it not odd Christianity, particularly the Roman Catholic Church and some other denominations, teach that cracker is literally Jesus’ body and the wine is literally his blood, and yet Leviticus 17:12-14 clearly states anyone who eats blood is to be cut-off? Moreover, do you think the Creator of animals and the One who had humans eat veggies in the Garden of Eden really desires us to kill animals? No, He wants us to want to obey Him in both our private and public life. See Psalm 40:6-10, which the anonymous author of Hebrews seriously twists and misquotes to fit their agenda of making it seem like a human sacrifice was required, which is just a copy of the pagan religions since before ancient Israel existed and carried on for thousands of years (and still today). Compare Hebrews 10:5-8 to the Psalm he is allegedly quoting in Psalm 40:6-8. So much for the “inerrant” word of God! The sin sacrifice of animals is simply a tangible physical means God uses to reveal His righteousness. God loves memorials and using things to help us remember His instructions for living – see Numbers 15:37-41 as another tangible physical reminder.

But let us return to the lesson of the sin sacrifices. Just as you take away your kids’ electronics or TV time when they sin, you are insisting they sacrifice something with the hopes of teaching them what they did is not permissible in your eyes and they ought not to do it again. You, like our Heavenly Parent, hopefully are fair and just upon deciding what they must sacrifice on an age appropriate and offense appropriate level or affordability level. Flour.

Third, understand sacrifices cannot be made in your backyard or just anywhere you please, but rather can only be made in the place the LORD chooses being in the Temple in Jerusalem (see Exodus 20:24; Leviticus 17:3-6; Deuteronomy 12:13-14, 16:5-6), which at this point in time does not exist. Nevertheless, notice what King Solomon proclaims in a prophetic prayer as he dedicates the first temple. In 1 Kings 8:22-53, but especially highlight verses 44-50 for it is there we see Solomon describes a variety of scenarios for both Jew and Gentile to get forgiveness including when Jews are dispersed in various lands, taken captive, etc. with no capability of accessing the Temple, all they must do is repent and God will forgive them! Lamentations 3:22-26 as does Psalm 50-51, Psalm 103, Isaiah 1:16-20 and numerous other passages throughout the Hebrew Bible clearly state all one must do is pray to God and repent for their sin and He will gladly forgive them! I dare you to search this out for yourself. Explore terms like sin, forgiveness, salvation, etc. in the Hebrew Bible – an enlightening picture will unfold. You may want to read my article about how the Christian and Hebrew Bibles define “salvation”.

Fourth, research and know there is not one place in the Hebrew Bible stating one must believe in a Messiah in order to be saved; however, there are numerous places stating those who obey God’s commands are literally physically saved (see Psalm 50 as one example) while other passages indicate rewarded in the World-To-Come or what some may refer to as the Messianic Era or even the New Heavens and New Earth. In fact, Isaiah 56 seems to indicate non-Jews also known as foreigners have an even higher status should they choose to honor and obey God’s holy covenant. Judaism teaches that this passage of Isaiah 56 as well as other examples such as Ruth or Caleb are referring to Gentiles who convert to Judaism and strive to obey God’s covenant given to Israel at Mount Sinai. Furthermore, have you ever considered what Israel, or the Jewish people, were actually chosen for? Chosen to do what exactly? Jews, as God’s chosen people, are chosen or commissioned to be the light of the world, bringing Torah to the nations (see Isaiah 2:3, 42:6-7, 49:6; Proverbs 6:23; Psalm 119:105-106 as a few examples) primarily by leading in love since the Torah defines how God wants us to love Him and others as well as promoting social justice according to concepts found in Torah (Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 11:1; 16:20).

Did you know in the Messianic Era or World-To-Come, the world is shocked to discover the Jews, who have been afflicted and hated for thousands of years, had it right and will be elevated one fine day (Jeremiah 16:19-21; Isaiah 52:13-53:1; Isaiah 60) so much so that many will grab onto a Jew recognizing God is with them wanting to know more (Zechariah 8:23) and that Torah will be taught by the Messiah and presumably by Jews to the world (Isaiah 2; Micah 4)? Moreover, the nations must also comply with Torah, God’s voice, His law one day INCLUDING keeping sacrifices and if they don’t, their land won’t see rain and therefore will have no crops and suffering economy (see Zechariah 14:16-21). Additionally, please study Ezekiel 36-48 where it describes the resurrection of the dead, the regathering of Israel, all twelve tribes, to the land of Israel, God’s Torah being established and obeyed, as well as sacrifices being held and even led by the prince, presumably what some refer to as the Messiah (see Ezekiel 44-46). Notice in Ezekiel 45:15-25, the “prince” makes sin offerings for the people, but only for unintentional sins as discussed previously. If Jesus is the one and only Messiah or “prince”, the perfect sinless lamb of God who made a sacrifice once and for all as the anonymous author of Hebrews proclaims, why does the Tanakh prove otherwise? This Messiah figure, which Messiah simply means “anointed one” and was used very rarely to describe kings, priests, and prophets and even a Gentile king (see the Hebrew of Isaiah 45 and Daniel 9) rather than one singular “Messiah”. This prophecy of sacrifice in the final temple discussed in Ezekiel is made by the resurrected prince/king David (see Ezekiel 34:23-24; 37:24; Jeremiah 30:9; Isaiah 9:7; Hosea 3:5) and is undeniably in the New Covenant, where we will no longer need to teach one another about the LORD (Jeremiah 31:31-34) because His Name, His Presence, His Light/Torah, His Voice/Torah are publicly made known and not up for dispute or discussion at that time and David, the prince/king is reigning once more. Also, you will find there is no sinless Messiah described in the Tanakh for it clearly states there is no one without sin according to 1 Kings 8:46. Moreover, if we currently are in the New Covenant, as Christianity teaches, why are we still having Bible Studies- that contradicts both Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8 misquote of Jeremiah 31? If we are currently in the New Covenant, when did the massive resurrection occur? If we are currently in the New Covenant, why aren’t all Jews dwelling in Israel as the prophets repeatedly describe? Why isn’t the whole world obeying Torah? Because it hasn’t happened yet, obviously.

Lastly, while still in Jeremiah 31, notice verse 30 where it says, “But every one shall die for his own iniquity.” That’s strange don’t you think? Why doesn’t it say but Jesus died for everyone’s iniquity and now we live happily or heavenly ever after? Why doesn’t it say this here in Jeremiah 31 particularly when it is discussing the World-To-Come or during the New Covenant? The entire chapter of Jeremiah 31 is prophesying the future full regathering and restoration of Israel one fine day in the Messianic Era and yet still speaking of people dying for their own sin (not Jesus) – being responsible for their own sin not trusting in Jesus to do it for them.

You see, had the Church studied the Hebrew Bible, instead of conveniently attempting to do away with it to sell the avoidance of hell, while elevating themselves and lining their pockets, they would know no one can die for another person sins. The law and prophets clearly speak to this several times as if giving plenty of advance warning of a false religion that will teach such concepts – most likely because this concept of human sacrifices has been a pagan practices since before ancient Israel even existed! Please review Deuteronomy 24:16, 2 Kings 14:6; Psalm 49:7; Ezekiel 18 and 33, all of which speak to the concept of a human cannot die for another human’s sins. Every one is accountable to God for themselves. So why do we think Jesus, a human, can die for our sins? Also, now knowing the law and prophets speak nothing towards such concepts of a Messiah dying for our sins, nor we need to believe in a Messiah to be saved, and we now understand human sacrifice for atonement of sin is forbidden, plus forgiveness is granted simply by repenting when a temple is not in place, and when it is in place, flour can be used as a substitute for blood, etc. and if God does nothing without revealing it to His prophets first as Amos 3:7 states, why would we suddenly think God changed not only His pure language (see Zephaniah 3:9) from Hebrew to Greek, did away with His instructions found in Torah, and yet didn’t reveal it to His prophets of such dramatic changes or that a person must believe in His Son, the Messiah, in order to be forgiven and saved?

Ironically, I discovered this and so much more when I attempted to write an article proving Jesus is the Messiah using only the Old Testament. Needless to say, upon doing so, over many astonishing and grievous months, Abba Father “flip-flopped” my faith as His word clearly declares Jesus Did Not Die For Anyone’s Sins!

Carrie R. Turner, 8/30/2020

What Is Salvation According to the Christian and Hebrew Bibles?

Christianity is easy to sell when you make people believe they’re going to hell. Whether Catholic or Protestant, Christianity teaches one must believe in Jesus Christ, or put another way, that Jesus is the Messiah, in order to be saved from a default destiny of doom. Depending on the particular path of Christianity you are sojourning, in addition to accepting the concept that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the definition of salvation may emphasize doing good works, being baptized, and or receiving the Holy Spirit or all of the above as qualifying you as having been “saved” or will be saved (John 3:16; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38-39). To be clear, the motivation in said events is to be saved from burning in hell when you die or at some point in the future. Most Christians believe when you die, you instantly are ushered into heaven or hell, but what determines if you are saved from being sent to hell by default is your faith in Jesus, or you believed in Jesus AND were baptized, or whether you believed in Jesus, were baptized PLUS received the Holy Spirit, and or whether you were in general a good person, etc, etc. Naturally, the variety of salvation doctrines or man-induced formulas never cease to exist and reproduce, but at the heart of them all is you must believe in Jesus. Otherwise, you are definitely going to hell and even part of the Anti-Christ spirit, according to the Christian faith, a faith I once believed and belonged to. Hence, the overall spiritual version of the salvation concept or one’s guaranteed ticket to heaven plan. Being us humans tend to avoid pain and suffering, it is not difficult to get people to believe in someone or something if it means we will forever avoid tormenting flames and instead can be strumming harps or lounging on clouds in heaven. Faith in Jesus is easy to sell if it means you’ll avoid burning in hell. Similarly, naive children innocently believe Santa will come down their chimney to deliver them gifts, if only they believe in him and be good. All lies wrapped in dazzling packaging. The truth is most of the world, including myself, have been sold many lies.

When I scavenged through the Hebrew Bible, or what Christians would call the “Old” Testament, however, I discovered a different definition of salvation unfolded before my eyes. First of all, there is absolutely no mention of one must believe in a future Messiah let alone you must believe in a man-God as Messiah to be saved. I found that omission surprising as the Lord does nothing without revealing it to His prophets first (Amos 3:7). Surely, they would have written about such critical beliefs in advance. Rather, what I did find was an overwhelming amount of times God says He is it, the end all be all, there is no one other than Him, no other savior, no other redeemer. Please take the time to review the following verses: Isaiah 42:8, 43:3, 10-11, 15; 44:6, 8; 45:5-7, 11, 14-18, 21-25; 46:9; 47:4; 48:12,17; 49:26; 59:20; 60:16; Hosea 13:4. Here are what a few of these verses convey:

Additionally, God’s Torah makes it clear anyone who believes in someone who claims to be God or worships an image in the likeness of a man or other being or uses an item or festivity not prescribed by God as if it is God or all about God, it is considered idolatrous for God intentionally did not reveal Himself in any definitive form so that His people would not make an image like Him and then worship it as if it is Him (Deuteronomy 4:15-24; 12-13). And yet, Christianity teaches that Jesus is God, specifically found in the Gospel of John, the author expresses Jesus is God’s only Son, in fact a definitive version of God Himself and Jesus is God’s Torah or Word manifested in physical flesh. Doesn’t that contradict everything God said before? Why would God come in the likeness of man when He inexplicably said previously He intentionally did not reveal Himself in any form like a man in Deuteronomy 4? Doesn’t that go against the concept of faith or trusting in God alone? Why would God go out of His way to repeatedly state there is no one else but Him in the prophets like Moses, Isaiah, and Hosea? Why does He also state in Micah 3:6 He does not change and yet Christianity proclaims everything has changed? Indeed, the doctrines of man found in Christianity has changed everything to avoid any resemblance of being Jewish and moreover, to go against the One True God. Suddenly, some several hundreds years post-Jesus, as more and more Gentiles believed in Jesus, the Sabbath changed to Sunday, to align with the pagan worship of the Roman sun god, things God specifically said are not permissible to eat are deemed food (see Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14) to fit the appetite of the pagans, the pagan concepts of polytheism is merged into a Trinity doctrine, feasts of the LORD changed to feasts of the Roman Catholic church, the Passover was changed to the Eucharist/communion, and instead of obeying God’s laws, it is taught to hate God’s law, but rather embrace Roman law, all the while hating God’s people in exchange for claiming the Church is now God’s chosen people, and so on. Out with the “Old” and in with the “New”. Perhaps by having prophets like Moses, Isaiah, and Hosea scribe such warnings over and over again, God knew His people would come against many false gods or false messiahs claiming to be God as well as many false doctrines that blatantly contradict God’s ways.

Furthermore, repeatedly throughout the Hebrew Bible, but more specifically in Psalms and the Book of Isaiah, I read concepts of a literal salvation from physical oppression and harm as well as the understanding that this physical blessing of salvation is simply a result of striving to obey God and His instructions detailed in Torah, the first 5 books of the Bible. By listening and obeying God’s Voice, which is His eternal word, His instructions in Torah (see Deuteronomy 28:1), we are walking in the way of life eternal (Psalm 119:89-94), we are learning and walking in righteousness (Isaiah 2:2-4, 26:9-10). In other words, righteousness, which is by walking uprightly, genuinely striving to do what God says to do, will be rewarded with salvation or eternal life in the form of resurrection or reuniting with Him one fine day here on earth. Conversely, modern day mainstream Christianity says you can do anything, break any of God’s laws, and still go to heaven as long as you say you mentally believe in a guy named Jesus died for your sins. Much of modern day Christianity teaches your physical actions need not match your word much less God’s word! However, please review how God defines salvation in Psalm 50:

In the New King James Version
In the Jewish Publication Society

Notice in Psalm 50, David explains a person who actively is engaged in honoring God’s Torah, His way, by authentically seeking to obey Him, God will save that person. In the next chapter, Psalm 51, David likewise describes repentance as a means to have ones sins blotted out, to having God’s Holy Spirit dwelling with him, and consequently causing him to instruct others in God’s ways found in His law, His Torah. David goes on to explain it’s not sacrifices for sin God is interested in, but rather, God is longing for people with a repentant, broken, circumcised heart that seek Him and His will for their lives. Psalm 103 reiterates the same concept of repentance for breaking God’s law and forgiveness providing everlasting mercy to those who remember to do His commands. Read it for yourself in both the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) version as well as the New King James Version (NKJV):

In addition to learning God’s grace has always been made available and He is not as interested in sacrificial atonement as He is more interested in a heart that seeks Him and wants to obey Him, He will gladly forgive us or blot out our sins (also visit Isaiah 1:16-20; Psalm 109:14-15). There never is a mention of someone needing to die for our sins much less an image in the likeness of God such as Jesus to do so. Christianity teaches Jesus HAD to die for our sins, but according to the Hebrew Bible, God’s word, another person cannot die for another’s sins rather each person is held accountable for themselves (see Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18 and 33:12-20). Shocking I know! Therefore, the concept of a deity dying and rising from the dead is a farce and comes directly from Greco-Roman mythology as well as many other pagan religions. In fact, Justin Martyr wrote, “when we say … Jesus Christ, our teacher, was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascended into heaven, we propose nothing different from what you believe regarding those whom you consider sons of Zeus.” (1 Apol. 21). I dare you to seek out this theme in many pagan religions. You’ll love how some are even born to virgin mothers. Naturally, the well-circulated foundation of pagan religions made it easy for Gentiles to believe in Jesus, a man-deity that allegedly overcame death. Is it not suspicious the “New” testament is written in Greek while the “Old” is in Hebrew? I suppose God changed what He deems a “pure language” too (Zephaniah 3:9)- from Hebrew to Greek?

Photo credit: Chabad.org

Moreover, the definition of salvation in the Hebrew Bible is consistently connected with being saved from physical persecution, abuse, oppression, and harm (Psalm 53, 54, 78, 80, 85, 91, 126; Isaiah 51, 60-62; Ezekiel 34-39; Jeremiah 29-32; Zephaniah 3) while literally being restored to Israel, specifically Mount Zion or Jerusalem, where God’s presence will permanently dwell. In other words, it’s not being saved to some mystical heaven, but rather being saved to be apart of heaven on earth (Psalm 53:6, Isaiah 11, 54-56, 65-66, Zechariah 14).

Fascinatingly enough, upon reading prophecies penned by Jeremiah and Ezekiel, I found it interesting that many Jews will be literally saved from evil oppression and tyranny, restored to their rightful land and place, be cleansed with water, and receive God’s Spirit of Holiness causing them to want to obey God’s instructions with their whole heart (see Ezekiel 11:14-21; 36:24-29; Jeremiah 30-31; Isaiah 43:25-29; 44:1-5, 21-22; 46:12-13). It’s as if it is the Jews/Israel experience the exact reverse of how Christianity defines the salvation experience (i.e. baptism, receiving the Holy Spirit, then believe and obey). Upon being resurrected and regathered, many Jews will be you could say, “born again”. When I simply read the various Scriptures for what they said instead of through my Christian filter while also reading them in context and looking at the repetitive theme, a varying definition of salvation emerged similar, yet quite different, from the Christian explanation. Additionally, Isaiah 56 says even the non-Jews who obey’s God’s holy covenant by keeping Sabbath for example are taken to Mount Zion. Likewise, Psalm 67:2 hints that God’s Torah, also known as His way, will be known among the earth; therefore, salvation will be among all the nations of the earth (also see Isaiah 2, 11, 42, 49, 51; Micah 4; Zechariah 14:16+).

To recap, the wicked indeed are held accountable to some extent deemed by God for their rejection and rebellion towards God and His word, His law, His Torah, which are His instructions for living. However, those who believe in God enough to actually attempt to obey Him and are humble enough to repent when they fail, both Jew and Gentile/foreigner, will be considered righteous and rewarded, which also is deemed by God. Everyone is eventually physically resurrected to be judged (Daniel 12:2-3, 13) and or physically regathered to Israel one fine day (Ezekiel 34-48; Zechariah 14). This is the Hebrew Bible’s repetitive definition of salvation and heaven on earth.