We recommend this book for further reading.
This booklet is a printed copy of one of my online articles that deals with the subject of God’s character
“An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you.” (Exodus 20:24)
“Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats.” (Exodus 12:5)
The impression these texts give is that God wants people to kill animals in sacrifice to Him and that when they do this He will bless them. Christianity.com states: “In order for the Israelites to gain forgiveness, something had to die.” Another online article on Gotquestions.org explains: “Animal sacrifice is an important theme found throughout Scripture because ‘without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness’ (Hebrews 9:22).”
But did God really require these sacrifices in order to forgive us? Does His love and justice demand that His wrath be appeased with a sacrifice like the pagan gods of the other nations? Peter teaches the truth that we were redeemed “with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:19). Does this mean that animal sacrifices were merely an appetizer until God had the blood of a human sacrifice? In this booklet we’ll discuss the folly of such claims and discover who really led Christ as a lamb to the slaughter (Isaiah 53:7).