SCRIPTURE: “For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; … yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement.” -Alma 34:9. [source]
COMMENTARY: If the sacrifice of Jesus was a requirement of our salvation, and God had no other choice, then He isn’t truly omnipotent. But if He is omnipotent and he chose a plan that required the suffering and death of Christ, then you have to wonder what kind of sadist He is. Imagine if His plan instead went something like, “Okay, I can’t forgive you unless you give me a hug and say you’re really, really sorry. I love you.” That seems more like something a loving omnipotent god would be able to work out. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.