In Micah chapter six, the writer asks, “What can we bring to the Lord? Should we bring him burnt offerings? Should we bow before God Most High with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?”
The answer we are given in verse eight is, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
I recognized these verses when I read them as being part of the chorus of a popular Christian contemporary song. They are striking in their beauty and one wonders why even in this day and age there are still practices of animal sacrifice with verses like this in evidence to decry that ritual practice.
In Hosea chapter six, verse six, the same sentiment is reiterated, with God saying, “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.”
This ritual practice is something I have always been confused about since it seems illogical that God would ask ritual killing of animals he himself created. Another reason that this practice greatly alarms me is that children empathize so greatly with animals that for them to grow up around this practice can be very traumatizing and permanently damaging.
This video on youtube shows just one child’s fervent pleas for his goat to be spared from sacrifice, and it reminds us of how children relate to animals in a much more intense and emotionally vulnerable way than adults do.
Exposing children to cruelty to animals is a form of domestic violence that can damage them for life. (See this link for more data) In the verses above, God is asserting his desire for us to practice love and mercy and to emulate the mercy that God and Christ have shown all of us. When I interacted with Christ as the consciousness of the Sun I was allowed to feel his love for me, and I was astounded at the depth of love and compassion I felt coming from him.
It has taken me a long time to fully come to terms with the existence of a being this loving and sometimes I still find myself grappling with plausibility of the existence of a love so profoundly deep and compassionate. But I know what I saw and what I felt, and I know that this love, the love that God and Christ are made of, is what we come here to this planet to emulate. Cruelty to animals can kill this in children, and something like that done in the name of God is even worse because it can turn children from their trust in God and Christ permanently.
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