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Animal Sacrifice – 29 February 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

Can you imagine that there are many “religious” people who are agitating for the resumption of animal sacrifice?! This just goes to prove how they are being led astray by their self-interest and hardness of heart so that they are really following Satan, who has duped them, rather than God, whom they claim to follow. After thousands of years, false prophets (Jeremiah 5:30-31)* are still leading their followers down the broad way that leads to destruction. (Matthew 7:13-14)*

The following paragraphs are taken from an excellent article entitled Animal Sacrifice, that appeared in the July/August 1998 issue of Humane Religion. Copyright 1998 by Viatoris Ministries. To read the entire article, please visit: 

“Many Orthodox Jews and Fundamentalist Christians actively support the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Christians who agitate for this restoration do so because they believe it is God's will that sacrificial religion be restored. They see the resumption of Temple worship as a sure sign of the Second Coming of Christ.”

“In our own day, we have never been faced with the realities of sacrificial religion. To modern minds, phrases like the "holy of holies" and the "altar of the Lord" conjure up some sort of ancient, godly society in which priestly men served the Lord in His sanctuary. But the Temple was actually a slaughterhouse, and the linen vestments of the priests were stained red with the blood of their victims. And terms like the "altar of the Lord," obscure the fact that what is being talked about is the killing and butchering of helpless victims, in the name of God.”

“Now, almost two thousand years after this bloody worship was ended by the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple, there are large numbers of Jews and Christians who are working and praying for its restoration. Those who are committed to this cause have no compunction about the massive slaughter of animals that would take place in the name of God. But neither do they have any compunction about a massive slaughter of human beings. They believe this, too, is part of God's unfolding plan.”

Neither do they have any compunction about the billions of animals sacrificed in the slaughterhouses for the greed of human beings. This proves that these people have no love for God or His creation, and are devoid of empathy or compassion. They are simply self-indulgent and bloodthirsty; they call “evil” “good” and “good” “evil.” (Isaiah 5:20)*

* Jeremiah 5:30-31:
30 "An appalling and horrible thing Has happened in the land:

31 The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My [God’s] people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?"
~New American Standard Bible

* In Matthew 7:13-14, Jesus says:
13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.

14 "For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it."
~New American Standard Bible

* Isaiah 5:20
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
~New American Standard Bible

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