We do not believe in the blood atonement of Jesus Christ. For the doctrine of blood
atonement presents a God who demands the human sacrifice of an innocent man, and
any God who demands murder to appease justice is unworthy of worship or adoration.
32 Now there being certain priests among the people, when they heard all these words,
they grew angry with Enoch and they spoke hotly against him, saying:
33 “Who are you that you should speak for God? Are we not the priests of the Most
High? Who appointed you to preach to this people?
34 Who ordained you to speak unto all the inhabitants round about concerning the
love of God and the forgiveness of sins?
35 For behold, the God who created the heavens and the earth is great and mighty,
and by the fierceness of his wrath are the elements made to tremble; by the indignation
of his fury has he weighed in the balance the worth of all men, insomuch that he
has ordained unto all the full measure of his judgment.
36 Who is this God who forgives sin without sacrifice and blood atonement? Have
you come forth to destroy this people? For we know that there is no other way wherewith
we might obtain favor with God except it be by the shedding of blood.
37 Shall these people be made to perish because of your vain imaginations? Shall
they go seeking after strange gods, only that they might receive unto themselves
the torments of an everlasting punishment?
38 How shall we obtain favor with God except we first satisfy him with the offerings
of our sons and daughters? For by the blood of the innocent are we made clean from
all unrighteousness, for by the shedding of blood are we granted favor and pardon.
39 Who gave you power, that you should forgive sins with a word? For we know that
you are come to get power over the people of this land, that with soft words you
might become as some great one.”
53 Whosoever has ears to hear, let them hear and understand. For I tell you truly
that these churchgoers who stand before you wrapped round about in such authority
as they would give themselves, even they would kill again this Yeshua of Nazareth
if he should come again to walk among you.
54 Woe unto you hypocrites, churchgoers with hands made red with blood. What are
your churches now if not the tombs and sepulchers of that God whom your fathers murdered?
55 Guard yourselves, therefore, against the righteousness of churchgoers; for by
word and deed would they hope to make you subject unto certain men of authority,
that they might hedge up the way against you, that you might be encompassed round
about with the doctrines and creeds of men.
56 Watch, therefore, and beware: For in the beginning did the teachers and preachers
of the church seize the keys of deep knowledge and with great cunning did they hide
them beneath the robes of their authority, securing them against you for the sake
of their traditions.
57 I tell you truly, they shall not enter into the kingdom of God, neither would
they permit that you should enter either.
58 Whosoever has ears to hear let them hear. For it was spoken by Yeshua this saying:
‘Behold, the kingdom of Heaven is within you.’
59 Why, therefore, have you gone seeking beyond yourselves, ever hoping that perchance
you might find God? Did you not know that you, even every one of you, whether male
or female, are a part of God and that God is a part of you?
Now when the elders of the church heard these words, they grew angry with the Teacher
and demanded to know of him by what authority he spoke unto the people.
And he answered, saying: “I, too, would ask of you a question; and if it so be that
you answer rightly, then I will tell you by what power I speak and do these things
which you see.
Come now and before the people answer: The death of Yeshua, was it according to the
will of God or not?”
And one answered him, saying: “Surely it was according to the will of God. For how
shall we attain for ourselves the glory of Heaven except there first be made some
blood atonement wherein all our sins are forgiven?
For by Adam’s transgression did death come upon every man, but in the death of Christ
are we made alive unto God, having been cleansed of all corruption.”
Thus spoke the elders before the people, and the Teacher hearing this, said: “Is
it not written among you this saying: ‘We believe that men will be punished for their
own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression?’
Seeing that this is held as true among you, what need have you of blood atonement?
Consider, therefore, how that by such doctrines as you would teach, you would make
God to appear as being bloodier than you yourselves.”