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Jesus' sacrifice question

Ok, this question was actually sparked by a website I just visited while doing homework.

God never accepted human sacrifices. He always called for animal sacrifices. Yet Jesus died for our sins. So that was a human sacrifice if it was Jesus' human self that was dying. Why did God suddenly change his mind? Unless of course you want to try to say it was Jesus' God self that was dying but then you have to admit God can die.

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Asked by purpleducky at 12:00 PM on Nov. 27, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Jesus was God made flesh. He was not fully God nor fully human. He had to die because he is perfect. Also, he was brought back to life.

    Answer by A.Perry at 12:06 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • A.Perry .... Christ was indeed FULLY God and FULLY man.

    OP ... If you recall the account of Adam and Eve in the garden, God said that if they ate the forbidden fruit, that they would die. The punishment for that sin was the life of the sinner. In His covenant with Israel, he could not ask for human sacrifice for atonement, because the sacrifice had to be perfect. But the animal sacrifice was incomplete - it only atoned for past sins, not future sins, nor did it cleanse the people from unrighteousness. Christ's sacrifice, took the punishment for eating the forbidden fruit - which is death. His death and resurrection atoned for past sins, present sins, and future sins of those who believe in Him, as well as cleansing from unrighteousness. It's not that God changed his mind of about what kind of sacrifice was acceptable, it was about providing man with a complete atonement.

    Answer by Gal51 at 12:15 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • So Jesus' death makes up for original sin?

    Comment by purpleducky (original poster) at 12:16 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Yes ... for those who believe in Him and His redeeming work on the Cross. While it is sufficient to cover the original sin of every person who has ever walked this earth and ever will, it only covers those who are in the new covenant with Him.

    Answer by Gal51 at 12:18 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Adam was a perfect man so it would take a perfect man to balance the scales of justice.

    Answer by dgall3 at 1:18 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • human sacrifices in the OT were pagan practices to a pagan god, He was giving them guidelines and asking them not to follow pagan rituals.
    What Jesus did was a sacrifice for ALL man kind to finally end all animal sacrifices.
    the death of Jesus was to wipe out all sin... and when we believe and confess that Jesus is Lord we become a NEW CREATION no longer having to try so hard not to sin.. it works to our disadvantage so this way Jesus made it easier for us by becoming the ultimate sacrifice and we no longer have to keep sacrificing animals and living a law based life but enter into a grace based one.
    I know I have recommended this book several times but I cannot emphasize it enough how many of the questions like this are answered in this book Destined to Reign by Joseph Prince. It puts a lot into perspective what is NOT taught in legalistic and law based churches!

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:09 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • Jesus was THE ultimate and FINAL SACRIFICE. He was fully man so he could take on our sins. He was fully God so he would not succumb to that sin.He became the final sacrifice so that we could be free from the law, which in and of itself is a WHOOLEEEE nother discussion!

    Answer by WhitleyLyles at 4:56 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • It's pretty awesome, what God has done for us!

    Answer by cmlkb at 9:18 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • The animal sacrifice in the OT didn't wash away their sins. Them showing obedience in following the "rules" and trusting that God would one day provide the perfect sacrifice, is what "washed away their sins". It was the intent and attitude, not the action. In the OT people looked forward to the cross and trusted that it would happen to receive Salvation, now we look back to the cross and trust that it did happen. Sacrificing animals was just a picture, not an actual event that did something. It was to show that one day God would send His Son to be the perfect Lamb to wash away our sins.
    I Peter 1:18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
    19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
    20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was

    Answer by Laura2U at 11:27 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

  • So easy to forget, isn't it. Jepthah's daughter, is offered as a sacrifice on god's altar and WASN'T an animal. Human sacrifices are condoned in Lev. 27:29 and Judg. 11:30-39. In the book of Numbers 32 virgins are set aside for the lord. Since women couldn't serve in the temple what were they put aside FOR? Sacrifice. Abraham is instructed to kill his son Isaac and sets about doing that, without blinking so much as a eye. As if it were something that his god asked for on a daily basis. God seems to like human sacrifices almost better than animal ones. He could have offered forgiveness to those with true contrition, WITHOUT blood sacrifice. But that would have entailed being loving and compassionate...something we all know he isn't.

    Answer by witchqueen at 11:32 PM on Nov. 27, 2010

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