The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
I grew up in a non denominational (spirit filled) church and still +attend but have difficulty reading the bible because of all the animal sacrifices in the old testament. Did the animal sacrificing stop when Jesus died on the cross for all sin? Why would God ask us to harm the creatures he made as a sacrifice?
My husband and I are both vegetarians and help in all animals causes. We also do not wear leather so this is a big concern because we both believe in Jesus as our Savior and also believe that animals shouldn't be tortured or eaten.
Any help in this would be greatly appreciated.
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you for your letter. You are not alone in your feelings.
The problem is not so much with the Bible as it is with the interpretation and the way it is taught.
First we need to look at God's intent. There was no death in Eden and there's no death in heaven. God wanted our obedience and not sacrifice. The whole meat eating and sacrificial system is part of a concession God granted because of the hardness of heart of humans, in the hope that we would return and once again be obedient to Him. See: http://www.all-creatures.org/sermons98/s17mar2002.html.
The Jewish sacrificial system ended in 70 AD, about 40 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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