Monday, May 17, 2010

Exodus 39-40 & Leviticus 1-4

The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)

Exodus 39 - No mention of any women.

Exodus 40 - No mention of any women.

Leviticus 1 - No mention of any women.

Leviticus 2 - No mention of any women.

3:1 - An offering of well being may be a male or female animal from the herd and it must be without blemish.
3:6 - An offering of well being may be a male or female animal from the flock and it must be without blemish.

4:28 - When a sin made by an ordinary person is made known you shall bring an unblemished female goat as an offering to the Lord for the sin that you have committed.
4:32 - If the sin offering is a sheep then you shall bring a female without blemish.

My Comments

I think I have an idea of why the offerings to God, that so closely mimic the same kind of sacrificial offerings that many, many other religions (including the Greek and Roman religions), bother me. The Christian God is supposed to be the True God. I would think in this respect, then, the True God would be very much different from every other god. So yeah, if he's so special then why is he so the same? And if God later, through Jesus, wants us to help our fellow man, give to the poor and feed the hungry and whatnot then why is God being so wasteful? Why is he commanding his people to sacrifice stuff that could easily be given the the poor and hungry and needy? Is it because God is not all powerful and is in fact a being that requires some form of material sustenance? Or is he simply just mean and evil, turning tithes that could be used for charity into wasteful offerings that he doesn't even need? Seriously, it always seems to come down to either God is not all powerful and needs material things to live or he's an asshole.

And also, to add, if you read these sacrificing rituals to a random person on the street, omitting any mentions of God specifically, I wonder how many people would say these rituals were from an occult or Satanic ritual. Some ritual that is associated with an evil presence, an evil god. Because there is ALOT of sacrificing going on, and a lot of blood that is ritually splattered on the altar, on the horns of the altar, on the priests themselves, and the specifics about how to slaughter the animal and how to separate the fat from the rest of the animal and on and on. It's amazing how barbaric it sounds. And I'm willing to bet that a lot of people, if read these rituals would think they were occult rituals of some kind.

Oh, and male critters are what God wants for sacrifices. Not the female ones, those aren't good enough to God to have. The Bible has to make sure it keeps constantly reminding everyone of this fact. Except, for some reason, unimportant people's sin sacrifices. Those are female animals. Which is... oddly specific. Why are males used for some sacrifices and not others? The Bible is relentlessly specific about SO MANY DETAILS and yet takes no time to explain WHY these details are the way they are.

Are we gonna get back to any women again anytime soon?

Tomorrow: Leviticus 5-10

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