In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.Hebrews 9:22 NIV
Digest the quote from the Christian Bible above… “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” I was raised in a Christian home, and I accepted this as a simple truth. Yet now, as an adult, I look at this in bewilderment. It lacks common sense.
How does blood (animal or human) cleanse one from sin? How is it a requirement for forgiveness? If your child errors, do you say, “bring me your pet so that I may butcher it for your mistake…”? Of course not.
What we’re describing here is cognitive dissonance. Meaning, that these two ideas of error and killing something to correct our personal error, are not related.
What Christians have accepted as truth, is absent of logical reference. This is as illogical as saying, “without sex there is no forgiveness…” Or perhaps, “without the eating of donuts, there is no forgiveness.” Cognitive Dissonance.
The killing of an innocent, to cleanse one of their transgression is completely illogical.
Cain & Able
When digging into the depth of the Christian faith, we should start with the oldest teachings they have – the Book of Genesis. This is the first book of the Bible and it tells the story of God’s first creations and how they fell out of grace.
This “fall from grace,” is the excuse given to enjoy killing other things.
2 Then she bore again, this time his brother [b]Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And [c]in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.Genesis 4: 2-5
In the story above, you have this tale of an All Powerful being. He created all of the Universe… galaxies, solar systems, planets, life, molecules, even atomic structure. Yet this grand being requires earthlings to butcher animals and spill their blood because they made mistakes? I’m not talking about eating meat to survive. We’re talking about the enjoyment of animal sacrifice, for a deity to enjoy and offer favor for your errors.
The two offerings above are fascinating to me, for the compassionate offering is Cain’s and the cruel offering is Abel’s. This great God looks down upon Cain and snubs him… NO RESPECT… after all Cain didn’t enjoy a good killing. He didn’t hold an animal, look in its eyes and slit it’s throat… No, he brought fruit to god. But this god wants the pain and suffering. This isn’t a God, it’s a mythological demiurge. A true God wouldn’t want blood.
You could argue that Able was preparing animals for clothing and food, and took a portion (the fat) as an offering. I can digest that… it’s like setting a part of your dinner aside.
However, the story of blood need will grow in a very dark way – where people slaughter animals for their sins… and butcher other humans in the name of God. Ultimately leading to a theology of human sacrifice (Jesus.)
Start of Sacrifices
While Cain and Able is a story of sacrifice to God, it was Noah that introduces the subject as a regular practice:
20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took some of every clean animal and some of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And when the Lord smelled kthe pleasing aroma, the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again lcurse1 the ground because of man, for mthe intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. nNeither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.Genesis 8:20
The story of Noah is filled with it’s own problems (like God killing everyone), yet focusing on the sacrifice aspect, we see Noah was starting a practice of so-called redemption. He takes a bunch of animals and butchers them, or burns them alive (who knows) and it says that God found it to be a pleasing aroma??
Here again we have this concept of God as a Butcher. He enjoys the death of others. After a good genocide of humanity God evidently revels in his own creations who are also killing, in his name.
Smearing Blood on your Door
In the stories of Moses comes the tale of God instructing Moses to tell his “chosen ones,” to smear animal blood on the doors of their home and the angel of death will not take their children.
Anyone without blood on the door would be a victim of the plagues wrote by an angry god.
Let’s visualize this:
Basically, they are told to go find some lambs… slit the throats… hold that lamb still while it’s body jerks about, pour that blood into a bowl. Once the bowl is filled with warm blood, they dip some cloth (hyssop) into it and then smear this fresh, warm blood on the doors of their homes.
Doesn’t that sound… a bit cultic?
For two-thousand years the Church of Rome (and its offshoots) have demonized pagans as “satanic” in nature. Using propaganda they have tried to show pagans as focused on blood ritual, animal sacrifice and the like.
Yet it is the Christian faith that roots itself in the old teachings of blood sacrifice, not the pagan!
Need for Blood
The Abrahamic faiths need blood but they never really flush out the idea behind this need. The closest we get to the need is in the story of Jesus “dying for your sins.” In this concept it is Jesus who stands in your place, to take on God’s punishment for your failures & mistakes.
If that story is all you heard, you might accept it, as many have. It’s like someone saying, “I’ll take the punishment for their thefts in the neighborhood,” and the thief is released. While it removes personal responsibility (which I’ll address later), it sounds fairly pleasant.
Yet it’s those same Christians today who will demand we vote for a certain president who will “take the fight to the enemy.” Why fight an enemy? Why kill and butcher others? Christians are so rage ridden today because they are born from a faith in blood sacrifice. There’s so little compassion from Christians today. In part I think it goes back to this idea of needing the blood of others – to induce pain and suffering in an innocent, in order to feel relief of guilt.