Monday, January 18, 2016

Interesting Quotations From The Answer To Question (24) Of The " 100 Tough Questions about God And The Bible " By Stephen M. Miller.

By Sodium

Re--citing Question (2):
" How killing a goat get rid of a person's sin ? "

Quotation One:
" Sin is a capital offence as far as God is concerned, Bible writers say. ""

Quotation Two:
" God made that clear enough in the beginning when he gave the first couple just one rule to obey: " You must never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evilbecause when you eat from it you will certainly die "  ( Genesis 2:17 ). "

Quotation Three:
" It's as though sin and holiness can't be in the same vicinity. That might explain why God gave Adam and Eve the divine boot out of Eden after they sinned. "

Quotation Four:
" Abel, Son of Adam and Eve, was on record in the Bible to sacrifice an animal to God: " Abel also brought some choice parts of the firstborn animals from his flock " The Lord approved of Abel and his offering, "  ( Genesis 4:4 ).

Quotation Five:
" People throughout the ancient Middle East sacrificed animals to their gods. It was a familiar ritual long before Moses came along and declared it God's official law for the Jews. "

Quotation Six:
" As the Bible puts it, God told Moses to explain the sacrificial system this way: " The life of each creature is in its blood. So I have given the blood of animals to pay for your sin on the alter. Blood is life. That is why blood pays for your sin "  ( Leviticus 17:11 NIRV ). "

Quotation Seven:
" Human sin. They deserve to die for it, Bible writers teach. But God allows guilty humans to pay for their sins by killing animal as substitutes. "

Quotation Eight:
" Jews had sacrificed animals to God for several centuries before Moses. "

Quotation Nine:
" Abraham, the father of the Jews ( and the Arabs ), is famous for almost sacrificing his son. But God gave Abraham a last--second substitute: " When Abraham looked around him, he saw a ram behind him caught by its horn in a bush. So Abraham took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son "  ( Genesis 22:13 ). "

Quotation Ten:
 Jews continued offering sacrifices for some 2,000 years --until the Romans leveled the Jerusalem temple while crushing a Jewish revolt in AD 70.

Quotation Eleven:
" Jews no longer sacrifice animal. Instead, they ask God's forgiveness through prayer. "

Quotation Twelve:
" But as the Bible tells it, Jews have been doing all that all along, in addition to offering sacrifices: " Let my prayer be accepted as sweet smelling incense in your presence. Let the lifting up of my hands in prayer be accepted as an evening sacrifice "   ( Psalm 11:2 ). "

Quotation Thirteen:
" New Testament writers describe Jesus as the sacrifice to end all sacrifices:" He offered a sacrifice once for all, when he gave himself " ( Hebrew 7:27 CEV ). "

Final Words:
There is some discrepancy in the quotations as quoted in the foregoing I will not go in detailing all of them--just referring to one is sufficient:

Since God's initial warning to Adam and Eve was that they would die if they ate from the tree of knowledge, why he did not kill them after they ate from it ?  Instead of killing them, He just kicked them out of Eden. The question is: Why ??

Perhaps to make them and their decedents, ( the human race ),suffer in endless violence, blood shed and endless wars. If He killed them, there would not have been a human race, unless He created another couple, Adam--2 and Eve--2, who would abide by God's instructions to the fullest and stay away from the tree of knowledge, Of course, this is a tall assumption which has stemmed from the fact as presented in Quotation Two, as quoted above.


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