The human sacrifice of Jesus

Category: Christianity
Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:32
Written by MDI

 

The main fundamental of Christianity is the human sacrifice of Jesus, that Jesus, an innocent man, was killed and crucified on the cross, for the sins of mankind.

Christians claim that in order to be saved one must believe in the death of Jesus, accepting it into their hearts.

So this in essence is Christian theology, but from a biblical basis, how sound is this theology? Well the answer is very simple; when we read the Old Testament, that is the Jewish Bible, the book Christians claim to also believe in, the book that was revealed by the same God they believe in. We do not find a single passage that speaks of sacrificing an innocent human in order to be saved. The closest we come to is when God orders Abraham to kill Ishmael in Genesis chapter 22:

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (1-2)

So as you can see God commands Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael (Not Isaac since it was Ishmael who was the first born son), however so as we all know God eventually tells Abraham that he was only testing Abraham:

And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.  And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.  And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. (11-13)

So as we see instead of Ishmael being sacrificed, God puts a goat in his place, and an animal gets sacrificed.

Throughout the Old Testament the only form of sacrificing for God comes from sacrificing animals, such as goats. There is nowhere in the Old Testament where human sacrificing is commanded by God for salvation or as means of obedience.

So we now ask the question of who actually believed in the practice of human sacrificing? Because it sure didn't come from the Abrahamic God, so therefore who used to carry these things out as a form of religious belief? The answer is very simple, it was the pagans.

If anyone studies pagan religions of the past, one will find human sacrificing as a form of worship and obedience to their gods. Whether it was the ancient Egyptians, or the Aztecs.  In fact if someone even studied the history of the Semitic people of the region one would learn that they too were involved in human sacrificing.

For instance Semitic people in the region of the Levant (Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon) used to have a pagan god named Moloch, whom some claim was satan himself. People would sacrifice their children to this idol by throwing the children into the fire with the graven image of this idol nearby.

The Bible even speaks of this:

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 18:21)

And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jeremiah 32:35)

The ancient Celts were also notorious in Human sacrificing as J.A. MacCulloch writes in his book ‘The Religion of the Ancient Celts':

THE Semites are often considered the worst offenders in the matter of human sacrifice, but in this, according to classical evidence, they were closely rivalled by the Celts of Gaul. They offered human victims on the principle of a life for a life, or to propitiate the gods, or in order to divine the future from the entrails of the victim. We shall examine the Celtic custom of human sacrifice from these points of view first.

Cæsar says that those afflicted with disease or engaged in battle or danger offer human victims or vow to do so, because unless man's life be given for man's life, the divinity of the gods cannot be appeased. The theory appears to have been that the gods sent disease or ills when they desired a human life, but that any life would do; hence one in danger might escape by offering another in his stead. In some cases the victims may have been offered to disease demons or diseases personified, such as Celtic imagination still believes in, rather than to gods, or, again, they may have been offered to native gods of healing. Coming danger could also be averted on the same principle, and though the victims were usually slaves, in times of great peril wives and children were sacrificed. After a defeat, which showed that the gods were still implacable, the wounded and feeble were slain, or a great leader would

Human victims were also offered by way of thanksgiving after victory, and vows were often made before a battle, promising these as well as part of the spoil. For this reason the Celts would never ransom their captives, but offered them in sacrifice, animals captured being immolated along with them. The method of sacrifice was slaughter by sword or spear, hanging, impaling, dismembering, and drowning. Some gods were propitiated by one particular mode of sacrifice--Taranis by burning, Teutates by suffocation, Esus (perhaps a tree-god) by hanging on a tree. Drowning meant devoting the victim to water-divinities. 

So the fact is this; the doctrine of human sacrifice is pagan in nature and origin, God, or at least the Abrahmic God, never called for such form of worship for salvation.