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If you correctly identify the characters, you will discover that YHWH never asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. In fact, YHWH (i.e. the Sovereign Almighty Creator Power of Ancient Biblical Israel did not talk to Abraham at all, it was a power(s) (Alueim) that talked to Abraham, and tempted him.

YHWH never never asked anyone for an animal or human sacrifice in order for Him to forgive. All YHWH asks for is a repentant heart. Human and animal sacrifices are all man-made primitive pagan ideas.

Where in the entire Bible does YHWH require an animal or human sacrifice in order Him to feel good enough to forgive a repentant sinner?

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Please quote the source of yours that states that the God of the Bible requires a sacrifice to feel good. Also, please explain your view of Genesis 22:2. – Steve Aug 25 '14 at 0:12
The question is good, but your tone is all wrong. Your welcome to your opinion, but please don't use the "Ask a question" feature to voice them. Stick to answerable, academic questions. – fredsbend Aug 25 '14 at 2:59
This question appears to be off-topic because it is a rant which presupposes to answer its own question. – Flimzy Aug 25 '14 at 10:16
Read Leviticus. – Zoe Aug 25 '14 at 10:52
lol I get it now. JWM: Just Wrong, Mostly. – fredsbend Aug 25 '14 at 18:30

"If you correctly identify the characters"; by characters I suppose you mean actors rather than Hebrew letters, since your argument appears to be that Jehovah (i.e. YHWH) and Elohim (which you spell Alueim) are two different beings, and further according to your theory it was Elohim and not Jehovah who spoke to Abraham. That this is clearly not the case is made plain when God speaks to Moses in Exodus 6:3.

Exodus 6:3 (KJV) And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.

We find from this that Elohim and Jehovah are one and the same being. That Elohim is the title "God" and Jehovah is his proper name, and that he affirms to Moses that Abraham knew him and he spoke to Abraham but simply did not reveal his proper name to Abraham. So the theory that a being other than Jehovah spoke to Abraham cannot be based on the wording of scripture itself; it can only be based on antiscriptural speculation.

However, I don't believe God really wanted Abraham to sacrifice his son, by which I mean that His plan was always to stop him before he actually went through with it. And I kind of think Abraham knew this as well, for example from his comment to Isaac "God will provide himself a lamb." (Genesis 22:8) The Old Testament does clearly require sacrifices in many places, despite the verses that diminish the importance of sacrifices in the prophets. Asking how to harmonize the two ideas in the Old Testament would be a much more productive question than a combative "the Bible doesn't really say God required sacrifices" which is overly simplistic and a denial of reality. The entire book of Leviticus is a laundry list of sacrifices that were required and how they were to be done, after all.

An argument can be made that although they were required they were not absolutely required because (they were merely types and shadows [Col 2:17, Heb 8:5, 9:5, 10:1] of Jesus' sacrifice and) Jesus' sacrifice which was in the future would apply retroactively to saints from before his time, so that Abraham and Moses and such would in reality be saved by Christ's sacrifice not the blood of bulls and goats (Heb 10:4, "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.."). For example, see Hebrews 9:15

Hebrews 9:15 (KJV) And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

According to this verse, Jesus' sacrifice also applies to transgressions committed under the first covenant, not just to those who live after his time.

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In the words of Jesus:

Matthew 22:29 KJV Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation, unless otherwise noted.

Here are some of the Scriptures you apparently do not know;

Exodus 29:10 and 11 And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock. And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Exodus 29:15 and 16 Thou shalt also take one ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. And thou shalt slay the ram, and thou shalt take his blood, and sprinkle it round about upon the altar.

Exodus 29:19 and 20 And thou shalt take the other ram; and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the ram. Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.

Exodus 29:36 And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it.

This was required to cleanse Aaron and his sons from sin; in order to minister to the Lord.

You might want to check out these books from the Pentateuch just to see how many times the Lord decreed an animal sacrifice in atonement for sin.

Here is a short list.

94 verses

Exodus 3 verses

Leviticus 56 verses

Numbers 35 verses

since the blood is the life:

Genesis 9:4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.


Leviticus 17:14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.

Since God had demanded that death was demanded for sin:

Genesis 2:16 and 17 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Only a life can atone for sin and since the blood is the life, the blood of the animals was necessary to atone for sin, and that was a precursor to the death of Jesus on the cross. Just as the animal blood was put on the Altar of God in atonement for Israel's sin so was Jesus blood put on the altar of God in atonement for our sins, and that was why God instructed Moses to sacrifice animals in atonement for their sins.

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In the Old Testament, God never demanded human sacrifice but was disgusted by it.

Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft. (Deuteronomy 18:10, NIV)

He followed the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, engaging in the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites. (2 Kings 16:3, NIV)

God did not want Abraham to actually sacrifice his son Isaac(Ismael according to Muslims), God was only testing his faith.

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. “Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.” “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:1-2, NLT)

God actually felt good when He smelled the aroma of burning animals.

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. (Genesis 8:20-21, NIV)

You are to wash the internal organs and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD. (Leviticus 1:9, NIV)

and the priest will burn them on the altar. It is a special gift of food, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. All the fat belongs to the LORD. (Leviticus 3:16, NLT)

Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. (Exodus 29:18, NIV)

However, God only forgave their sins temporarily because animal sacrifice cannot remove sins, it only covers it temporarily. It is important to know that animal blood was only for forgiveness of sins, not for the removal of sins.

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)

It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4, NIV)

Only the blood of Jesus can take away our sins.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29, NIV)

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