Atheist is confused by the absolution from sin offered by God the Father via grace through faith in Jesus Christ at the Crucifixion. Please permit me to explain with as much brevity as possible…
Atheist, Mark L., stated: “maby [maybe] jesus [Jesus] died for your sins but that doesn’t mean you’re not guilty.”
Response to the atheist…
In the eyes of God the Father (speaking metaphorically because God is a Spirit, John 4:24), Jesus took my sin and my guilt upon Himself and through the shedding of His innocent blood at the Crucifixion (2 Corinthians 5:21), Jesus and God the Father cast my sin, my culpability, my guilt, into the sea of forgetfulness to be remembered no more forever (Micah 7:19; Hebrews 8:12); now, when God the Father sees me, He sees only the righteousness, the perfection of His dear Son, Jesus Christ, Who suffered and died so that I could receive His righteousness, His perfection, over my life by imputation (not by my effort/work but by God’s grace – unmerited favor) through propitiation (Jesus as my substitute for payment of sin) (John 3:16).
It is the total absolution from the stain of sin that permits me access to God’s Kingdom subsequent to death of the body (2 Corinthians 5:8); without same, nothing impure will be permitted to enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27). Mankind, who has rejected the pardon freely offered by God the Father by grace through faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, will tragically die a “second death” in Hell for this very reason, their unrepentant, unforgiven, destructive, sin will bar them from God’s Kingdom in Eternity (Revelation 20:14); therefore, they will lose both body and soul in Hell forever (Matthew 10:28).
Therefore, it matters not what the World/people think or judge concerning my guilt or my culpability by some Earthly subjective standard (1 John 2:15-17), but ONLY what God the Father thinks and knows; My God has chosen to forgive and forget my culpability, my sin, because I have trusted in His Son’s perfect righteousness to absolve my unrighteousness in Eternity.
I have agreed, through faith in Jesus and obedience to the Holy Spirit, to enter into God’s Covenant of Grace through Jesus Christ as my Lord and Mediator for sin; as a result, I have received the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Seal, the Guarantor, of that relationship (Ephesians 1:13) and I now have peace with God the Father through faith in Jesus Christ as my Lord…forever (Romans 5:1)!
Rickey D. Holtsclaw