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I just quickly checked my dictionary and see that "for" has over a dozen meanings. The two that are at the heart of atonement theology are: "for" - meaning representing, on behalf of; and "for" - meaning because of.
I am arguing for the second meaning and against the first.


What is oppression but sin? Even in your framework, Jesus died for "our" sin - the sin of degradation, oppression, ignorance, and hive mindedness. His death is meant to redeem these things and when we remember that he faced these things even to death, we see he died to show us a way of living that does not give these things power over us.

I appreciate your attempt to deconstruct a theology of atonement that has been used as its own oppressive technique, but really, Jesus died for our brokenness.

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