This word is used almost exclusively in Mormon teachings as a reference to Jesus’ sacrifice that took place in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. According to Mormonism, Jesus has made it possible for all people to enter again into the presence of Heavenly Father to be judged according to their good works for which they will be held accountable. By this act of obedience, Jesus’ Atonement has redeemed all people from the effects of the Fall (physical death). This gift of immortality, to live in glorious and resurrected bodies, is an act of grace from God.
“Through the Atonement, Jesus Christ redeems all people from the effects of the Fall. All people who have ever lived on the earth and who ever will live on the earth will be resurrected and brought back into the presence of God to be judged.” (True to the Faith, p. 18)
As Christ was able to live a perfect life and fulfill Heavenly Father’s plan for Him, Mormons have that same opportunity to exercise their divine potential and eternally progress. Since Jesus was able to use the “power of redemption” because of His perfect obedience, Mormons are encouraged to “use the Atonement” in the same way. This means receiving the power to be obedient and worthy so they may progress in carrying out Heavenly Father’s plan and become perfect like Jesus.
Biblical Christianity teaches:
Sin has caused a separation between mankind and God.The atonement describes the work Jesus carried out on our behalf so God and humankind can be “at-one” again. His death satisfied God’s justice by appeasing His anger. By faith alone a person immediately receives the benefits of Christ’s death and is reconciled with God. (Romans 5:11)