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Animal Sacrifices: Are You Sure That Was God's Idea?

Animal sacrifices were performed in the Minoan culture of Phaistos on Crete from 2000 to 1700 BCE where basins have been found which were used for animal sacrifices. Animal sacrifices were a universal practice during 2000-1500 BCE in the Ancient Near East. The Aryan tribes north of the Caucasian steppes had been offering a Plant, a Bull, and a Man many centuries before the first Biblical stories began to be put into a written narrative during the court of Solomon. The need for blood to satisfy God was an older idea than the Hebrews.

And the near sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham has been a standard for all monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Is it reasonable? Could it simply have been the traditional practice of ancient religions adapted for later generations?

And here's how its done today in India.

Now as this pertains to the roots of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and even Mormonism, sacrifice was allegedly demanded by God. A complete system of animal sacrifice was built and the Bible instructs in Leviticus all the rules for sacrifice. Chapter 4:27-29 explains: "If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord's commands, he is guilty. When he is made aware of the sin he committed he must bring as his offering a female goat without defect. He is to lay his hand on the head of the of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place of the burnt offering." Just the men 20 years and older who were able to fight in the army were numbered at 603,550. So a sinful day in the wilderness could be a pretty bloody day at the gate of the tabernacle. Pretty barbaric even for a practice that Christians say points forward to Jesus.

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