According to the OT the life of an animal is in the blood. Since this is also a physical truth, there are few who would argue this point. It would seem, then, that this is the basis for the blood sacrifices in many religions, and indeed, in Judaism before the destruction of the temple and the dispersion.
Yet, according to the prophet (I Sam 15:22), Hashem prefers obedience to sacrifice. So it behooves us to examine what that obedience is, and, if possible begin to attempt to live that way. There are 613 Mitzvot, or commandments on how to conduct one’s life if one is living under Hashem’s covenant with Moshe, or Moses. An examination of these commandments confirms Y’shua’s teaching that all of them, with few exceptions, are about living in peace and compassion with one’s fellow man. It would seem then, that obedience would mean to have compassion, at all times and in all places, for one’s fellow creatures.
So, how is it that in Christian teaching it is more important that you accept that Y’shua made of his own body a blood sacrifice for your sins, yet you do not have to live in obedience to his one commandment to love? This is the basis of why I walked away from the church as I knew it. (I have come since then to realize that not all Christian churches teach this, there are those that teach that both are necessary.)
Yet, if the prophet was correct, Hashem did not require the blood sacrifice of a g-d-man, Hashem only required we listen to the rabbi’s teachings to love. So, if indeed Y’shua’s sacrifice was for us, it was from our perspective, not the perspective of The Ancient of Days. The Holy One wants only that we learn to be compassionate with one another, for the rabbi said that the most important command was to love G-d and love your fellow man.
Yes, I know I am a broken record on this point, but it is the point. There is no other point. According to the Dalai Lama, the real point of religion is to fill our hearts with compassion for one another. I have to agree wholeheartedly, it is because of this man’s teachings, and the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, that I consider myself a Buddhist Christian. I, in fact, have come to glean those teachings of Y’shua’s about compassion and love as the only ones I count as true to his mission. I suspect the rest were added by very human individuals with agendas that were not G-d’s!
It is not Hashem who needs all the ceremony, it is humans. I suspect that the most spiritual among us may be the child that reaches out to another creature, any creature. It is here we see genuine joy and interaction that heals. Forget the blood sacrifices, go let your inner child out to play, perhaps then you will know true spirituality. (Luke 18:15-17)