I’ve seen it claimed by christians that in order for mankind to get perfect atonement or perfect mercy from God, a perfect (sinless) man had to die in our place. There are variations to this, such as the notion that the debt of sin that man “owed” was infinite so it needs something infinite to pay the price, therefore it could only be God Himself who pays the price. Christians and those they persuade will say that this makes sense.
But there’s one crucial and fundamental mistake with this argument: it’s not in the Jewish Bible! It’s not in their “old testament.” In other words, God never said it.
If God is the one who makes the rules of engagement between us and him, and those rules are in the Jewish Bible, then it should at least strike someone as being odd that this logic has no reference in the Jewish Bible, in His words.
Now although christians can point to a few out of context verses that state the relationship between death and atonement, there is nothing that talks about some infinite sin or infinite debt or perfect mercy or perfect atonement. I don’t even think there is a place in the Torah that overtly, in the text, relates the type of sins that require animal sacrifices to “debt.” As had been said in previous articles, there is no place in the text of the Laws of Moses that show that the death of one human, however supposedly perfect, can be a valid sacrifice for the sins of another individual, much less the sins of the entirety of humanity at least for the past 2000 years. There is nothing that states that an execution can be a valid sacrifice. In essence, there is no place in the text of the Jewish Bible that states anything like “perfect mercy demands a perfect death.”
Of course, some christians will claim that this is just the normal “measure for measure” or “equal measures” principle that is stated in the Jewish Bible. The problem with this claim is that the actual terms of this supposed “equal measures” transaction are fictions made up in the minds of Jesus-followers and acolytes of Paul, the conman of Tarsus. The Jewish Bible says nothing about an infinite debt of sin. The Jewish Bible never speaks of a perfect mercy. The Jewish Bible, God’s word is wholly silent on the concept of a perfect man without sin, or that the death of such a creature would be suitable payment for sins he is not responsible for. There is nothing said about how the sins of the entirety of the generations of the human race at least for the past 2000 years would be conferred upon him without their knowledge or consent (something that is present in the real sacrifices done in the Jewish Bible).
In fact, for many of these details, if not all of them, the Jewish Bible and the laws of Moses that God gave him for Israel seems to say the complete opposite, fundamentally undermining and undercutting this innovative argument of christians. A person pays the price for their own sins; no human is perfect; the righteous can’t die for the wicked; etc. In fact, God’s prophets said that it is departing from evil and doing good and returning to God that gains forgiveness, and this is so because God’s ways and thoughts are not like ours (Isaiah 55:6-9). And there are other places that reflect these same sentiments.
So it should be made plain that the “logical” argument of christians that somehow our sins could only be atoned for using the execution of a perfect person is not what God says, neither does it reflect his thoughts, neither is it present in God’s words in the Jewish Bible.
The concept of “perfect mercy demands a perfect sacrifice” has no place in God’s word, in the Jewish Bible. It’s just a fiction.