Why Does God Like The Smell Of Burnt Offerings?All through the OT, God requires offerings for atonement of sins. Elaborate temples have to be built to very specific detail and for every sin that is committed, an animal has to be killed, bled and burnt. Or was God just a convenient explanation for grilling meat? Maybe grilled lamb was really savory and funding was impossible unless it was a religious ritual? I have to ask because the bible never explains why the smell of burnt meat is a satisfactory offering to receive his forgiveness.
Christianity's central theme is recognizing that a sacrifice has been made for our sins. But no where is it explained as to WHY death and blood atones.
Clearly, the death of Jesus made up for the sacrificing of all the animals. If God required the scent of burnt offerings for atonement in the OT, why wasn't Jesus body charred for the smoke to go up to the air for God to smell? Maybe the explanation for that is that was because it was God himself. So, then, how is God satisfied with his own death? Was it the smell of his own dying body? Did the curiosity of being killed finally satisfy him? If so, why?
Why did God create us as sinners and then require sacrifice through blood and death for atonement? Why did he give us such an unfair ultimatum? That if we don't love him, we will burn indefinitely? But I thought love is God and God is love. Why would he do that to those that he loves?
lisa36 36-40, F 40 Responses 2 Nov 27, 2010