how to tell the biblical story in a way that makes a difference

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Thanks. I’d missed that. But I can’t think of anything in the whole of scripture that suggests that God himself needs to suffer in order to atone for the sins of humanity. The blemish-free animal sacrifice is never identified with God. On the contrary, if there is any identification at all, it is between Israel and the sacrifice. What qualifies Jesus is not his divinity but his faithfulness.