The storyline follows the horrific consequences of the effects of a simple lie. The essence of the theme is the nature of irrecoverablility.
"These two interlocking situations are seen concurrently in real life when such a lie is purported to be the truth," M V Tronson espoused.
When a lie is told which gains credibility, the injustice is that the victim suffers a real loss, and as in the film, a change in personal circumstance that can never be reversed, no matter how hard someone may subsequently try to make amends (or 'atonement').
We see this happen in all walks of life, and can think of parallel situations in the corporate world, in the professions, the trades, in sport and in family relationships.
In the view of M V Tronson, it is particularly important for professionals to consider the possible aftermath of any lies or partial truths they perpetuate. Although individual humans will always be fallible, in our society, we look to those people in various public offices to show us the way in considering how to avoid such situations occurring.
The Scriptural notion that 'lies of omission' are as damaging in their effect as the 'sins of commission' apply equally to those in leadership roles as it does to international athletes, as it does to any other aspect of human relationships.
"The prevention of sin is at the heart of Christian ministry. Consequently, members of the Clergy should be highlighting this tenet, and should avoid becoming part of the problem," M V Tronson noted.
There are known situations where members of the clergy have sadly failed in this area themselves, leaving behind them the most alarming trauma. Occasionally, they have avoided accountability for their actions. The Apostle Paul expressed horror that 'Grace' should be an excuse for such bad behaviour.
M V Tronson says of this motion picture 'Atonement', that it allows the viewer to see first hand the nature of sin, and highlights the permanent, irreversible changes that can occur to people's lives as a consequence of particular actions.
The 'irrecoverable' haunts the human soul.
"In my view, as an optimist, I'd like to think that every person who has seen 'Atonement' might reflect somewhat before they tell their next lie.