Christian Discrepancies With God’s Word: #5 Sin Sacrifice

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Center for Tanakh Based Studies

By: William Jackson

The blood of Christ: Christianity states that Jesus was our sin sacrifice.

“…Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Ephesians 5:2)

“…Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many…” (Hebrews 9:28)

“…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

“…the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

The Blood sacrifice: When these above verses point towards a blood sacrifice they are probably consulting Leviticus 17:11, here it states

” For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for yourselves; for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life.”

However, if we read things in context, this is talking about the sin of consuming blood (Leviticus 17:10-12).  Actually, the Christian religion is guilty of this infraction within their practices.    

Other Sacrifices to atone for sins: We seem to forget that the Torah presents other sacrifices that would atone for sin, not just blood.

Incense, Numbers 16:46-47

Giving charity, Exodus 30:15-16 and Numbers 31:50

Flour, Leviticus 5:11

Is a sacrifice required? God states that a sin sacrifice is not required.  He does, however, says that we need to repent.

“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3)

“Does Adonai take as much pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying what Adonai says? Surely obeying is better than sacrifice, and heeding orders than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15: 22)

“For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)

“My sacrifice to God is a broken spirit; God, you won’t spurn a broken, chastened heart.” (Psalm 51:19[17])

Conclusion:

As we read the new testament we see that Christianity hinges its theology on “the sin sacrifice”.  That is the purpose and reason behind their messiah, Jesus.  Even when we look at the building of the Temple, many might say its sole purpose was to sacrifice to God.  This is why Jesus said he would destroy it and take its place; Matthew 26:60-61, Mark 14:58, John 2:19.  But, during Solomon’s dedication of the Temple, the King talked about praying towards God for forgiveness (1 Kings 8:38-39), not sin sacrifice.  In short; God wants our repented heart, not a human sacrifice.  Nothing in Tanakh (God’s Word) validates the new testament concept (man’s word).

 

Please read our previous articles on this topic:

Christian Discrepancies With God’s Word: #1 The Blood

Christian Discrepancies with God’s Word: #2 Human Sacrifice

Discrepancies wit(h God’s Word: #3 The Second Coming

Christian Discrepancies With God’s Word: #4 Honoring Your Parents

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