Isaiah has a clear message to the people of Israel in order to have their sins forgiven. He assures them that if they turn from their sins and instead care for those in need, their sins will be completely forgiven. This is a consistent, and often repeated concept in the Tanach. This same message is for us today, Jew or non-Jew. Don’t forget, God forgave the non-Jews at Nineveh by repentance alone, and the same is true today. He didn’t need or desire their blood. God also didn’t require King David to go make sacrifices.
“16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, 17 learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.18 “Come now, let us reason[c] together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”” Isaiah 1:16-20
I was told in Christianity that “… though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow...” was because Jesus blood turned my scarlet sins to white, but now as I see in context, this is totally NOT what Isaiah is saying. In fact, there is no such thing referenced here.
The God of Israel is not a blood-thirsty god who must have something innocent killed so that the wicked can go free. (But, this is the pagen belief. Shocking, right?) That is NOT God’s judicial system, but rather is completely foreign to Him. In fact, this concept is an abomination to Him. And, the most detestable abomination to Him is human sacrifice, which was prevalent back in the days of the writing of these texts. It is repeated over and over that the God of Israel just wants us to return to Him, admit we are wrong, and to turn our own lives around, willingly, to do His commandments, and to help the poor and needy. He has no desire for blood, especially that of another human being killed for us. Disgusting!
Who is this “new god” of the New Testament that is blood thirsty? It’s not Hashem, the God of Isreal….
“…and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:22 – This is a corruption of the “Law” in the Tanach and is NOT true.
Why does this core Christian doctrine appear no where in the Tanach? Because the belief in the death of another “innocent” human for a “wicked” human is a pagen practice that went on for thousands of years even before the time of Jesus. It is a wicked practice that is completely repulsive to us humans and to the true God, alike.
- “21 “‘You are not to let any of your children be sacrificed to Molekh, thereby profaning the name of your God; I am Adonai.” Lev 18:21
- “Adonai said to Moshe, 2 “Say to the people of Isra’el, ‘If someone from the people of Isra’el or one of the foreigners living in Isra’el sacrifices one of his children to Molekh, he must be put to death; the people of the land are to stone him to death. 3 I too will set myself against him and cut him off from his people, because he has sacrificed his child to Molekh, defiling my sanctuary and profaning my holy name. 4 If the people of the land look the other way when that man sacrifices his child to Molekh and fail to put him to death, 5 then I will set myself against him, his family and everyone who follows him to go fornicating after Molekh, and cut them off from their people.” Lev 20:1-5
- “30 be careful, after they have been destroyed ahead of you, not to be trapped into following them; so that you inquire after their gods and ask, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I want to do the same.’ 31 You must not do this to Adonai your God! For they have done to their gods all the abominations that Adonai hates! They even burn up their sons and daughters in the fire for their gods!” Deut 12:31
- “33 They have turned their backs on me, not their faces; and although I taught them, taught them frequently, they have not listened so as to receive instruction. 34 Instead they put their detestable idols in the house that bears my name, to defile it; 35 and they built the high places for Ba‘al which are in the Ben-Hinnom Valley, to burn alive their sons and daughters to Molekh — something I did not order them to do, it never even entered my mind that they would do such an abominable thing — and thus they caused Y’hudah to sin.’” Jeremiah 32:34-35
What about the “sacrifice of Isaac” by Abraham, requested by God? This story is NOT what I was originally taught. I was taught this was a picture of the future sacrifice of Christ and how God was showing us this story to give us a “sneak peak of the ultimate approved sacrifice.” Boy, was I wrong! This story is the exact opposite!! It is a story to teach us that even though this is what the nations around us were doing, that God says to NOT do it. It was God’s dramatic way to show us, visually and powerfully, that He will NOT accept a human as a sacrifice and so He told Abraham, “Do not kill the boy.” This is why God makes it very clear in the passages above that the people were not to sacrifice people, as the nations were doing. DO NOT take on this cruel custom. It is NOT ordained from God, but is the most evil thing one could do.
My God is merciful and forgiving and doesn’t demand payment of my blood (or someone else’s) to forgive me. I just go to Him, pour out my heart to Him, ask for His forgiveness, try to live a better life, and try to help people in need. That’s it. No cruel killing!! Aren’t we suppose to do the same for others? I don’t demand blood from someone else who has wronged me. Why would I expect my God to require my blood? Aren’t we made in God’s image? This is an evil doctrine and I am so sad that I believe it for so long! Sob!