The Misconception Of Animal Sacrifice in the Bible
We have to eat!
Why would God command animal sacrifice?
Why would God command for us to give an animal sacrifice, and even more why would human being have a problem with this commandment? Even though there is great debate between Theist and Atheist to whether God exist or not, one thing I find that will remain true for both sides, and that is that we have to eat. Even more truer than the fact that we have to eat is the fact that something has to die in order for us to live. If you disagree with this, I challenge you to eat a living fruit without killing it.
So why did god command us to give a sacrifice if we have to eat any way? Take yourself back to the first thinking man ever. Be it Adam or who ever you imagine.If humans are animals it would be our instinct to hunt or gather. If by watching the other animals at some point we discovered we can eat meat, we would eat the meat just like the animals we learned this behavior from. We would not have had a clue as to how to build a fire and cook the meat so it would have been eaten raw. Whether one man sparked the idea of trying to cook the meat or some God came to him and commanded it so, the fact still remains that man learned that cooking the meat was beneficial in one way or another. In scripture Cain killed Able (Genesis 4:3) because Able brought the brought the firstlings of the flock and and Cain brought the fruits of the ground. I assume that Cains offering was not accepted by God because it was not the proper time for the fruit offerings. Harvest come at the end of the year and firstlings are a year old and given in spring, the time of birth. Either way this tells us that the cooked meat offering by fire was given to Adam and he taught this to his sons.
If you think about what little we know in today's world, we do now that cooking the meat kills many bacteria and germs, along with parasites that could be harmful to our body. We know that adding spices and herbs enhances the flavor to the meat and even can help tenderize it.
For those who choose not to believe in some kind of outside outer-world interference within human development, I lean to ask: How did mankind learn to plant cultivate and raise gardens and to cook meats. Whether you believe that the followers of the God of Israel "Jah-weh" helped out or you believe that the bible stole everything from the ancient Sumerians, it is most logical that someone or something taught the dumb animals to Cook and Garden. The oldest stories in every culture such as the Native Americans, Adam and Eve in the bible, and the Sumerians tell of a more intelligent being from the sky teaching them these basic skills to a better, easier way of living. People did not know that meat contained worms and parasites and germs and that cooking the meat kills them until the past 100 years.
So what does God ask us to sacrifice animals for? God in the bible ask us to give animal for us to have a healthier life, and to show our obedience and love to him, and to each other as well. God does not get anything other than satisfaction of knowing we believe and we obey him, from our giving animal sacrifices. (Leviticus 2:9) "And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar:it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord." We on the other hand gain greatly from this tradition. We gain from the health benefits from cooking the meats, but we gain from social benefits as well. When following the laws of the scripture, we would be eating the sacrificed animal with our family and friends much like a barbecue in a social manner celebrating Our live, God, and the death of the animal, this creates bonding between the people "the world could use a lot more of that".
What a sacrifice was really like!
The beauty in animal sacrifice.
As I have read in the Old Testament of the (KJV) as well as the Hebrew Torah, and the Cuneiform of the Ancient Sumerians, animal sacrifice was always done in the manner of people working together to kill an animal, cook it and eat it in celebration.(Leviticus 1:6) "and he shall flay the burnt offering and cut it into pieces". This is no different than today as people collect together buy some beer and toss some stakes on the grill. Well okay people do not kill the animal for the most part unless they are from neck of the woods. Still, the concept is the same, an animal died you eat and enjoy life because the animal died and you ate it.
Within the laws of the Torah or the first five books of the Old Testament of the bible there are many ceremonies that call for an animal to be sacrificed. There was the Heave offering, the Harvest offering, the Sin offering, the Passover, the Healing offering and many more. Basically any reason given that we could celebrate being alive we were to kill an animal and eat it with our family and friends.(Exodus 12:7-8) "And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side post of the house, wherein they shell eat. and they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread: and with bitter herbs they shall eat." (Leviticus 6:18) "All of the males among the children of Aron shall eat of it, it shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the Lord made by fire; everyone who toucheth them shall be holy." Today it would seem a wast to kill a cow to feed on family even if they brought their closest friends, but the world has changed much since the times of the bible. Families are much smaller thanks to socialism, governments, and capitalism. During the time of the bible families stayed close by because there was protection in larger numbers.(Deuteronomy 12:18) But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose , thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.
For the people in the bible families consisted of 30 or more people up to even hundreds. To gather for a huge meal of meat was always an event. Meat was not eaten on a daily basis unless you were rich. To eat meat in those time was call for celebration. The traditions that went with them were all beneficial as well. Cooking the meat in the temple separate from the Tabernacle where the meat was eaten allowed time for the men to bond, pouring the blood aside from the altar kept contamination down, and burning up completely of the inedible parts such as the gall and the hoofs and the liver would keep from having rotting parts collecting disease that could kill the who community.
For the most part every animal sacrifice in the scriptures while they ate, they drank whine beer and liquor and the were marry as they danced an sang. Even though there were certain rules such as the men ate and drank first as the women and children waited until they had finished, still this was a family affair.
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What happened to the animal sacrifice?
Much like with every good thing, along come some smuck who has to ruin everything. I would presume that either some rebellious child who did not want to follow the commandments their father followed from God, or some greed driven individual who wanted to sell meat, the idea that giving animal sacrifice was a lame thing to do came about, especially in the name of God. Throughout the Old Testament there are many stories of how one man wanted to follow the laws of God but as his children or their children steered away from the traditions.
This lead to discovery. Someone would discover the laws of God and having been going though some hard time would believe they needed to make up for making God angry, so they would pile animals on fires and burn them to a crisp. They did not understand that it is not about burning up and wasting an entire animal, instead it is about bonding and celebration. This put great difference and argument between those who did give animal sacrifice making those who did not veer even further from the idea. I can not remember where but in the Old Testament there is a story I believe in the book of Jeremiah, that told of a king slaughtering thousands of animals and angering God, because he did not know how or why to do this. Christians today use this as a way to support that God does not like or want animal sacrifice. This is not the case however, God just expects us to do it the way he described.
Another problem occurred when Alexander the Great conquered the land and forced the Greek way "Hellenism" on the Jews. The Greeks did not understand the traditions of the Jews and were constantly trying to change their ways. Eventually this happened in such extreme that God sent Jesus to correct the church because they were teaching mans rules instead of Gods laws. In concerns with the animal sacrifice this event was to be the death of it. "Pardon the pun". After the death of Jesus the church was losing control over the people, because people were following Jesus the true example instead of coming to their church. The church conspired with the government since they were both losing money due to the teachings of Jesus. The church began killing followers of Christ who chose to live by Gods laws and not the churches corrupted laws. eventually Constantine the Great, ruler over Rome chose to end the blood shed of Christians by claiming only one true religion. Constantine was to combine the old corrupted ways of the church with the new (old) ways of Jesus. But how was he to do this? The followers of Jesus knew the laws of God as they were given to Moses and taught by Jesus, and the churches laws were corrupt and called for man to bow down and serve a government controlled by the rich. Constantine Chose to leave the Old Testament in tact so the followers of Gods true laws would not see the deception, while adding new books to Justify the churches ways as well. The church wanted to deny Jesus and the believes would not let this happen so a third part of the book was mixed in and that is the Gospels of Jesus.
If you read the books from front to back you can see that Gods ways are in the Old Testament, even telling how men will change his ways to suite themselves. The Gospels of Jesus tell us to live the same way God commanded and showed him as enemy to the church. Then all of the books of Paul are the only place you can find any other story than obey Gods laws. Paul is the only one who contradicts God and Jesus and even mocks God saying "I only say this out of permission not by commandment". I find it funny that of the Gospels of Jesus Matthew and John are the only two that actually witnessed seeing Jesus and knowing Jesus in real life. Why is that?
The reason is because with every book from the mother of Jesus, the prostitute Jesus took everywhere, to all of his Disciples, tells that Jesus came to teach the people to obey Gods laws as they were given to Moses and not to bow down and serve your governments. Paul on the other hand is the only books that say Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and we no longer have to give animal sacrifices. This is because Paul was a Pharisee from the church and was taught to believe the Greek and Roman way and did not understand Jesus nor did he truly see him.
1st John chapter 3 tells us that breaking Gods law is sin and that if we sin we do not know Jesus and we have not seen him. withing the commandment (Leviticus; 20) God commanded we build an altar and give animal sacrifice where we will be blessed for doing this. This statement alone makes everything the Christian church teach a lie. The church further offends the laws by placing Jesus on the altar of death to replace the commanded sacrifice of animals. In Matthew and Luke Jesus says "When you see the abomination and desolation that Daniel the prophet spoke about go ye and stand in the holy place". Read Daniel, he tells that the people will see the other cultures ways and hate Gods ways. They will take away the animal sacrifice and replace it with something that God does not approve of that will anger God.
Yes God approved of Jesus but he does not approve of Jesus being placed on the altar as a lamb and being sacrificed in the belief that this will save you and cleanse you from breaking Gods laws.
Misconceptions about the animal sacrifice.
Christian seem to get confused along with many others about animal sacrifice. The tend to lock on to the sin offering and forget all about all the other offerings commanded by Gods laws. But did you know that the sin offering is nothing like Christians wold describe. To hear them tell about it you had to kill and animal for your sins, and the animal was burnt up with fire, and that Jesus died so you will not have to pay the price for your sins any more.
In truth according to the laws of God in the bible when you sinned you had to bring two goats in to the temple. One was to be killed and eaten by you , your family and a portion by the priest, while the living goat would be set free after you confessed you sins with your hand on its head and this goat would carry your sins off. This makes the teachings of the church about Jesus's death for your sins complete nonsense. The one who carried off your sins did not die at all so how could Jesus have to die for your sins if the sin Goat in the laws of God did not have to die for your sins?(Leviticus 16:7-10)
Another thing that make the ideal of Jesus dying to pay the price for you sin not make any since is (Deuteronomy 14:24-26) "And if the way be to long for thee, so that thou are not able to carry it; or if the place be to far from thee, which the Lord thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the Lord thy God hat blessed thee: Then shall thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thy hand, and shalt go into place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, for sheep, for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt there before the Lord thy God and thou shalt rejoice, thou and thine household." If we an sell our sacrifice we were to give to the Lord and buy what we lust after why would he let us kill his son to replace something we can sell and get drunk with the money?
In fact all of the animals that were commanded within the animal sacrifices were cooked and eaten. They were sprinkled with herbs and spices. Some were baked, fried, while others were grilled on an open fire. But not one of the sacrifices were commanded to burn an animal and wast it.
No mater if you believe in God/Gods or not one thing we can all agree on is that we all like and need food. "Some of us more than others". Something has to die for us to live and it can not be a bad thing to kill and animal, cook it and eat it in the name of whatever you may chose. People are two caught up today with trying to tell others how to live and what rules to follow, arguing over if God is real or not, when the most important thing should be love, peace, and working together to ensure that one does with out. Work on the true issues food, electric, water and shelter for all and stop trying to always be right.