The Atonement is the only defense that cannot be used destructively because it is not a device you made. The Atonement principle was in effect long before the Atonement began. The principle was love and the Atonement was an act of love. Acts were not necessary before the separation, because belief in space and time did not exist. It was only after the separation that the Atonement and the conditions necessary for its fulfillment were planned. Then a defense so splendid was needed that it could not be misused, although it could be refused. T-2.II.4:1-6
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
The “Atonement” in A Course In Miracles is the healing of the separation. The atonement is needed because of the “tiny mad idea” that we can separate ourselves from our Creator.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested in, step three, that we turn over our willfulness to our Higher Power. This “turning over” is a miracle and facilitates the Atonement.
In Unitarian Universalism we covenant together to affirm and promote the respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. In affirming and promoting this respect we are working a miracle which hastens the Atonement of the whole world.
Today, it is suggested that we consider the Atonement, the giving up of our conditional love for unconditional love, as our natural inheritance, and abide in the peace this awareness brings.