Discussing the Bible with people brought with it many mixed opinions. On the one hand were those who felt as I did, confused by some things but finding relevance in the Gospels, while on the other hand were those who seemed to concentrate more on “The Cross” and “The Blood of Christ.” While both viewpoints were interesting, it was hard for me to accept that a God so full of love and grace would require a blood sacrifice as a way of atoning for the sins of mankind. In my view, that kind of atonement was neither loving nor forgiving. It required that someone had to pay, and in that case, couldn’t really be considered forgiveness at all. It resembled more of an “eye for an eye” philosophy to me than it did a “turn the other cheek” philosophy.
— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 35)