Animal (and human) sacrifices in Mosaic law and similar practices in Christianity. Might be suitable for sacrificial aspect of Jesus' death on cross or of Eucharist too.

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Why is there a need for a perfect sacrifice? Why does Jesus have to be perfect?

Theologically, why was it necessary that Jesus be perfect? Couldn’t there be another ordinary human who said “I will be the sacrifice and take on all the sins of the world past, present, and future ...
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Did Samuel act as a priest on top of being a prophet

Thinking about the life of Samuel, you can see that in some ways lived like a priest on top of being a prophet, despite being from the half-tribe of Ephraim. One, he was brought up in the temple by ...
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Jesus as a sacrifice [closed]

If God is The God and can be everywhere, then why would He need Jesus to bear the burden of dying, even when Ezekiel states that the son shall not bear the burden of the father?
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Did Jesus ever directly say he would die as a voluntary sacrifice? If so, was it double sense?

I know evangelical literature like John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. says Jesus died to ...
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Crucified for false accusation, how did Jesus' death turned into a redemptive sacrifice for our sins? [closed]

In the OT God provided a way for His people to redeem their sins through burnt offering and sacrifices. In a way to demonstrate His grace and love for His people, and to give a glimpse of His ...
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Why did heaven need to be purified by Christ's blood?

Hebrews 9:23, speaking of Moses purifying the earthly tabernacle and Jesus the heavenly home with blood, says, It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be ...
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What loss did God incur when he sacrificed his son to die on the cross? [closed]

We always hear the statement that God sent his son to die for us as a living sacrifice. A sacrifice always involve a losing something , eg: sacrificing a lamb involves losing a lamb's life. But what ...
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Are there examples of God forgiving without sacrifice?

So far I have seen, some kind of sacrifice, direct or indirect, is required to have forgiveness from sin. So, my question is - Are there examples of God forgiving our sins without any sacrifice?
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What is the biblical basis for classifying the Eucharist as an offering or sacrifice?

It is commonly believed in Catholicism that the Eucharist/Lord's Supper/Communion is a "sacrifice" or "offering." For example, one website states, The Eucharist is a true sacrifice, not just a ...
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What will be the indication that God accepted Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf [closed]

In the OT when the high priest exited the holy of holies alive it was an indication that the blood sacrifice on behalf of the sinner had been accepted by God. What is the indication that God accepted ...
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Why did the blood sacrifice in Genesis take place as acceptable to God?

I have asked pastors where is it commanded by God to have a blood sacrifice as an offering in Genesis since that is the beginning. It doesn't seem to be explained until Leviticus. Can someone please ...
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Why did God instruct the Israelites to perform so many different types of sacrificial offerings? [closed]

In the Bible, there are many different sacrificial offerings (Leviticus 1-5) which were to be performed in the Tabernacle/Temple. Burnt Offering Sin Offering Meat offering or Drink Offering ...
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According to Scripture, is sacrifice a requirement for salvation?

Regarding salvation, I was always under the impression a sacrifice had to be made (and as Christians we know Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for all sins), but looking through the Bible I see ...
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Where in Scripture does it say that God requires a sacrifice to forgive sin? [closed]

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 ...
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Why does blood need to be put on the mercy seat

In Leviticus 16:14-15 it says: And he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat ...
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Abomination of Desolation [closed]

This question is for all denominations. This opens the question wide up and is broad, but as a seeker of truth, I am curious to know what each denomination teaches and considers doctrine about this ...
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In what sense was Jesus's death a sacrifice?

Why do we say that Jesus sacrificed himself for us? I don't mean to offend but I seriously don't understand how it would be a sacrifice. When Jesus died didn't he end up in heaven? To me, a sacrifice ...
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Which Catholic encyclicals discuss the Catholic teaching on the results of Jesus' sacrifice? [closed]

Which Catholic papal encyclicals discuss questions like - 1) Why did Jesus have to die? 2) What are the effects of the sacrifice of Jesus? 3) How does God look at the world before and after the ...
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Which encyclical talks about the Mass as a sacrifice?

I am interested to know if there are any encyclicals which specifically compare the sacrifice of the Mass with the Temple sacrifices of the old Testament, wherein Jesus himself takes the place of the ...
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Are sinners in Satan's kingdom?

OK, people seem to agree who is in Christ's kingdom. But if there is a Satan's kingdom. Are non-Christians or sinners part of his kingdom? what does that say about rich evil politicians? Does the ...
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Who were the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices?

The passage from the Gospel of Luke 13 has a very curious beginning. We hear about an episode involving Pontius Pilate that is not recounted in any of the other Gospels. It says Pontius Pilate had ...
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Would God really demand human sacrifice? [closed]

God asked Abraham to offer his son as a burnt sacrifice but then stops him when he is about to do it. Is it safe to assume that God would not want any human sacrifice even if he asked for it, because ...
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Why was Christ's sacrifice such a big cost? [duplicate]

Many hymns refer to the immense cost that Jesus paid on the cross. In one sense this is consistent with evangelical theology in that Jesus was taking the sins of the world upon himself. But some ...
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Why did God accept Abel's offering and not Cain's?

In Genesis 4, we read the following account of Cain and Abel: So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also ...
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How does Sacrifice work

2 Kings 3:27 says: Then the king of Moab took his oldest son, who would have been the next king, and sacrificed him as a burnt offering on the wall. So there was great anger against Israel, and the ...
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How to determine a genuine call from God?

Imagine one day a person hears voices like God speaking to him (or as how he would describe as God), with bright lights, angels, burning bushes, and all. It would seem so real for him but only he ...
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Who instituted the practice of sacrifice?

Sacrifice plays a very important role in the Bible. One of the earliest stories, that of Cain and Abel, begins with two sacrifices. The death of Jesus on the cross was a sacrifice. Here is how the ...
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) 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. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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Who told Cain and Abel of Sacrificial rituals or offerings?

In Genesis 4 Cain and Abel gave offerings (or sacrifice). Who instructed them to give this offering or sacrifice? Was it a burnt offering?
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Where in the Bible does it say that sacrifice can only be done on the temple?

This is probably more relevant for Judaism than Christianity. However, I am checking both. Hezekiah instituted a religious reform that prohibit sacrifice on high places. The justification is a ...
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Why couldn't we reconcile ourselves to God? [closed]

I always hear people say things like, 'the debt was too large' ... well, why? Why couldn't I pay for my own sin? I don't like that Jesus took punishment for me, I would hate for my earthly father to ...
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Are there any sects of Christianity that still practice animal sacrifice?

Are there any modern sects who originate from or claim affiliation with Christianity that still practice any sacrificial rites? If so, who are they and what specifically is their understanding of the ...
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How did Pascal reconcile his wager with 2 Corinthians 9:7 and Psalms 50?

I'm not asking about a justification or an attack on Pascal's Wager. I'm just curious how/if Blaise Pascal, being an intelligent and analytical fellow, reconciled his famous gambit with 2 Corinthians ...
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Apparent discrepancy in Isaiah 66:3-4

In Isaiah chapter 66: 3-4, God had this to say. 3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a person, and whoever offers a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck; ...
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Did the ancient Hebrews believe that blood had unique spiritual properties?

I seem to recall learning at some point during an Old Testament study that they did, and that the belief explained things like the significance of the blood that was part of the animal offerings ...
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Did Jephthah sacrifice his daughter?

In Judges 11, Jephthah vows to give whatever comes out of the door of his house as a burnt offering. Judges 11:30-40 (ESV) [emphases mine] 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD and said, ...
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Was Jesus' death legitimate?

Legitimate, not in the fact that He died, but in how specifically his blood was shed. It is said that Jesus' death was the final fulfillment of the old testament requirements. If this is true, then ...
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Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?

It seems like a "cure" for leprosy that involves taking two birds, killing one and dipping the other in the blood of the first, then sprinkling the blood in a particular fashion, multiple times. ...
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What was the purpose to animal sacrifices?

I've never completely understood the purpose as to why God required that the Israelite's should kill an animal in order for God to forgive them.