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Letter from Michael Williams about the sacrifice of animals - 12 Mar 2008

In response to this article (JESUS, THE MONEYCHANGERS & ANIMAL SACRIFICE), was it not God that instituted the sacrifice of animals in the book of Leviticus?

Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman

Dear Michael:

The Bible doesn't say that God initiated the sacrifice, but only seemed to limit it and define it, as part of a concession, as a way of limiting the evilness of human beings.

The first mention of a sacrifice was in the end of Genesis 8 when Noah sacrificed some of the animals, and while God accepted their sin offering, He responded by saying that humans are evil from their youth. Clearly, God wanted obedience rather than sacrifice.

We hope this answers your question.

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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