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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 lisa36 36-40, F 41 Responses Nov 27, 2010

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Consider this, burnt offering are as you have already noted OT. Christians use that as history but begin with the Massiah, you should direct your question to the Jewish, or Ancient Hebrew ( those are going to be a bit hard to find). But from my understanding, there we sacred sign's as to where their father god was supposed to be, and a priest or trained religious man was able to find the correct locations.

I'm not sure this will help, it has been a longtime. You should read the bible to find the answers. That is what I am doing currently. I see now the folly I've made before in attempting to know God without reading from the book most closely related to him. God is purely good. He cannot be in contact with sin. The sacrifices covered our sin with innocent blood which made it possible for us to approach God. The priests were one of the twelve houses of Jacob, God's chosen people. They were the Levites. They were not permited to own land or share in any of the inheritance of Israel, but of the sacrifice they were fed. These are not satisfactory answers, I know, because there is so much to explain. But, the questions you asked are the same that people asked even at that time and the answers are there to be found. Yes, God is evident in all of His creation, but for full understanding and to have a real relationship with Him you have to seek him through the Word. Again, I promise you the answers are there. God exists in a form that is supernatural ... finding Him is also supernatural. But no less convincing when you truly seek him with all your heart.

He likes it because only the devil would say worship me, I'm jealous, or I will kill u andplace u in hell Forever!!,........But I love you........ The devil makes evil fair-seeming

The reason God requires death to forgive sins is that when Jesus was executed - God (according to the bible) actually TURNED him into sin itself - all the sins of the world. In this way, when Jesus died, it was not only Him dying, but your sins as well. As far as the Old Testament goes the reason they had to slaughter animals is the the offerer would put his hand on the animals head first, transferring his sins to the animal in such a way that when the animal died so did the offerers sin. If yould like further clarification I have a youtube video on it - you can email me

ba<x>sed off old testament? You do realize that there was no promised salvation in the Old Testament? So ba<x>sed on you're heavy usage of Old Testament there may as well be no salvation to come. And whats the point in calling it salvation after that? Salvation from what? Unconsciousness, no thought. So therefore a salvation just becomes an added extra.

Now, does the Bible teach that evildoers will be tormented in a fiery hell for all eternity? Not at all. This is what the Bible actually teaches. At Ecclesiastes 9:10 we read, “The dead know nothing … Whatsoever thy hand is able to do, do it earnestly: for neither work, nor reason, nor wisdom, nor knowledge shall be in ** hell **, whither thou art hastening.” (RHE, WYC) It's interesting to note that many other versions use the term "grave" instead of "hell" in this passage. As you can see then, the Biblical hell is nothing more than the grave. <br />
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Now, is the grave a fiery place of eternal torment? Well, when pronouncing sentence upon Adam, Jehovah stated: "Dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3:19) Where was Adam before God formed him from the dust of the ground and gave him life? He simply did not exist! When he died, Adam returned to that state of complete absence of life. <br />
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The condition of the dead is made clear at Ecclesiastes 9:5 where we read: "For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all." sc<x>ripturally then, death is a state of nonexistence. The dead have no awareness, no feelings, no thoughts :)<br />
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From these passages it's clear. The doctrine of a fiery hell is not a Biblical truth.

The sacrifices commanded under the Law covenant all pointed forward to Jesus Christ and his sacrifice or to benefits that flow from that sacrifice. (Heb 8:3-5; 9:9; 10:5-10) As Jesus Christ was a perfect man, so all animal sacrifices were to be sound, unblemished specimens. (Le 1:3, 10; 3:1) Both the Israelite and the alien resident who worshiped Jehovah were included in presenting the various offerings.—Nu 15:26, 29.<br />
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In the communion sacrifice, for instance, the blood and the fat of the animal were offered to Jehovah, while portions of the meat were consumed by the priests and the offerer. It was thus a symbolic meal signifying a peaceful relationship with Jehovah. The Law stated: “Now in case you should sacrifice a communion sacrifice to Jehovah, you should sacrifice it to gain approval for yourselves.” (Leviticus 19:5) While all Israelites were dedicated to Jehovah by reason of birth, those who made their dedication meaningful by making voluntary offerings ‘gained approval for themselves’ and were richly blessed.—Malachi 3:10."<br />
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Burnt offerings were presented in their entirety to God; no part of the animal being retained by the worshiper. (Compare Jg 11:30, 31, 39, 40.) They constituted an appeal to Jehovah to accept, or to signify acceptance of, the sin offering that sometimes accompanied them. As a “burnt offering” Jesus Christ gave himself wholly, fully.

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I always see people question why God made man and women as sinners. He certainly did not. As for your questions, sharpen your understanding, it has gotten dull from neglect.

I am a catholic and I know.<br />
When there were pagans they believed that the god's lived of the smell of burnt offerings.<br />
After God asked Abraham to kill his own son ( which he didn't do in the end) God revealed that he didn't require sacrifices. In fact he wanted us to steer clear of any pagan activities.

Prove it.

When there were pagans they believed that the god's lived of the smell of burnt offerings.<br />
After God asked Abraham to kill his own son ( which he didn't do in the end) God revealed that he didn't require sacrifices. In fact he wanted us to steer clear of any pagan activities.

Because priests don't like the taste of raw meat.

Of course Almighty God respected the autonomy of man's free will in spite of knowing he would fall. To suggest a God of callous pettiness who would create man to play with him, mock him or manipulate him is abhorrent to any human being, created as we are to love and be loved.<br />
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I appreciate my Protestant friend, JohnHKingsbury's insistence that Jesus came not to judge the world but to save it. That is not to say, however, that judgement does not lie in wait for Christians. Au contraire.<br />
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And one cannot let pass the comment about Hail Marys, either. One can hardly expect Protestants to understand it if most Catholics don't. So I will leave with expressing my indebtedness to my esteemed friend for the inspiration for a new story.

It seems God wanted to experience love so created Adam with free will which gave Adam the ability to love or hate God because one cannot love if one also cannot reject. I also enjoy the smell of cooking meats, but I suspect God enjoyed the fact that people do what he asks more than the aroma of cooking meat.<br />
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And a burnt offering is more than saying half a dozen Hail Marys because the animal sacrificed has value and in a country that has famines and such it can have great value a a food source.<br />
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Animal sacrifices are classified as blood offering because the sacrifice is something that involves the taking of life so Jesus was a blood offering. God rejected Cain's offering probably because it wasn't a blood offering. The first blood offering in the Bible is when God scarified animals to make garments for Adam and Eve.<br />
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But why sacrifice Jesus is your question. John 3:16 is like a Valentines Card in which God shows us how much He loves us, but leaves open the human right to choose or reject God.<br />
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For some reason Fundamentalist and such don't read John 3:17 which says that Jesus didn't come to judge the world, but to save it. <br />
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I doubt this has been all that helpful because I'm basically an illiterate laymen according to most Christians, but I thought I would give your question a try.

Well explained Perserverer! But you still haven't answered the questions on original sin, and God's omnisciense of our actions.(To answer the remark made on Adam being set up for a Fall, as god knew he would eat the apple...) More on the Free Will would be good!

This is an excellent question.<br />
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To answer it from the Catholic perspective, to understand sacrifice as it was practised in ancient times, one must have some grasp of the relationship that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, longed for all eternity to have with His people in the Holy Eucharist, and how He prepared generations of people to be able to receive His teaching.<br />
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The Old Testament passage that perhaps explains it best is Isaiah 53 about the suffering servant. Vicarious sacrifice was primarily a guilt offering. A victim was sacrificed so that the people could be acquitted. This notion of a sacrificial victim being accepted for the sins of the people received its ultimate meaning in the Son of God taking upon Himself the sins of the world for the redemption of mankind.<br />
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Undoubtedly Israel borrowed much of her sacrifical practice and liturgical language from others. It was a widespread belief in the ancient world that animal sacrifice was a means of sustaining life and overcoming a broken relationship with the deity.<br />
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The concept of the sacrifical victim underwent a profound transformation in Israel as it came to represent a willing self-sacrifice made for others. The Servant is the agent through whom God overcomes broken relations and reconciles the world unto Himself.<br />
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The Old Testament records sacrifices which typify the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Melchisedek, both priest and king, offered a sacrifice of bread and wine. (Genesis 14:18) Abraham was asked to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, and we see in the person of Isaac carrying the wood for the fire up Mt Moriah an image of Jesus carrying His Cross to Calvary. (Genesis 22:1-12) And in the Passover sacrifice, the paschal lamb being male and unblemished and consumed in entirety is also a figure of how Jesus Himself would one day be sacrificed and consumed by the faithful.<br />
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The Passover indeed received its final significance at the Last Supper as the sacrifice of Calvary, represented in an unbloody manner under the appearances of bread and wine.

How do you know?

God is a God of the senses. For example, we can think prayers, but he likes to hear us speak to him using our voices as we speak to each other. He likes us to use our eyes to recognize his hand at work in the world. He enjoys smells which we enjoy. Burnt offerings (grilling) aside, he enjoys incense which is never absent from his worship, even when the grilling is. Not so much sulphur. Someone else likes that.

Like seriously, did you think this up when you were HIGH?
NO? then where in the HELL did you get this ludicrous answer? The bible? Quote the scripture, or just admit, you made it all up!

If you read the Sumerians account of mankind and how we got here, it is crystal clear. The gods loved the smell of roasted meat, not God. When you know who the gods are, you will have your answer and it will make total sense. Wait till you find out about Adam and Eve and who they really were, which makes even MORE sense! I'm just saying...

Do not forget the blind faith. You are part of his infalible plan!!<br />
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I was going to capitalize all the sentence like they do, but I owe respect to my cellphone.

Ah, I keep forgetting that God created me with a critical, skeptical, thinking, analyzing brain but wants me to ignore that part when it comes to him and just "trust" that he's out there and he's watching me! Silly me.

God works in mysterious ways and the human mind can not understand his complexity. <br />
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Debating with Christians has taught to think like them

Andy, how is your relationship with god? Does he reciprocate conversation? Make things happen consistently? Is he there for you like a loyal friend? Or if something bad happens, do you just say "well, it must be a part of his overall plan"?

If it was symbolic, why not just burn weeds as a symbol of an offering of smoke of flesh up to god? People eat crackers and grape juice in a symbolic way to eat christ. And if it is just symbolic, why go to all that touble to build temples and outfit them according to very specific dimensions, fabric types, colors, etc. and actually kill animals? Why crucify jesus if it was just symbolic? Besides, how did they know that god was happy with all that? See, you "think" the reason is symbolic but are you "sure" beyond any doubt? I am not, that is why I can't accept god or his boy as real things.

I am not a Christian and I don't think the reason has anything to do with Christianity. Most religions favor burnt offerings or used to. I think the reason is symbolic. The items you sacrifice are destroyed and "converted" to smoke. This is symbolic of it going up into heaven or into the spirit world.

But how would you know about god if someone didn't tell you at some point in your life? What if you had never even heard of god? Would you know that god existed on your own?

Religion should be more about my relationship with God and not about what someone has organised for me! My relationship is personal; one-to One! i don't need anyone else who needs to tell me about who God is! If GoD is limitless, then EVERYTHING I sense is GOD!!!

There is no value in religion except to disable the critical thinking process and see it as a virtue, thereby creating an environment in which any random belief, either literally or figuratively can be harbored and supported (whether mild or extreme). <br />
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What is valuable? Secular Humanism: a philosophy that espouses reason, ethics, and the search for human fulfillment and focuses on the way human beings can lead happy and functional lives. (definition on Secular Humanism pulled from wikipedia).

You have actually answered your own question. <br />
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"God is just a convenient explanation for grilling meat? Maybe grilled lamb was really savory and funding was impossible unless it was a religious ritual?" <br />
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In a ritual one must have a good number of people and at the end of asking for forgiveness, there must be a feast to thank all who came. <br />
How could grilling meat ..... taking another life be a means to repentance and asking for forgiveness. Should it not be in the form of serving a days meal to a nearby orphanage or old folks home. Enabling the less fortunate to have at least one good meal and seeing them smile is more meaningful. <br />
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The true value of religion is lost with mankind making his own additions and subtractions.

LMAO Godfree! You make me **** myself like every day! (Figuratively of course). lololololololololol!!!!

if only the gods of Olympus had hit on this deity /food thing, we could have had a buffet of the divine each week

Godfree, I keeping forgetting that rubbing one out and murder is in the same category. But you gotta admit, those little cookies are tasty! Or chunks of bread. Don't forget the grape juice! Hey, don't catholics all drink wine from the same cup? I feel sorry for the 20th person who has stood in line to partake. How many cold viruses and yucky mouth germs are in that last sip? Ew.

If I might interject, you see, in the old days gods hands were tied by the primitive culinary habits of the people of earth. Grilling was the only way to offer a really good sacrifice, the flames and smoke, the fat sizzling away on the grill dripping onto the burning embers.......yummy yummy. You don't have to be a god to see the appeal of such a sacrifice.<br />
But then came the liberation of the "sacrifice" thanks to our lord and savory Jesus H Christ.<br />
Thanks to him a sacrifice now comes in the form of cookies, no fire needed for these tasty little treats.<br />
Lamb of god little tiny wafers give you that ritual sacrifice goodness without all the messy clean up so often associated with old testament holocausts.<br />
So folks, listen to me, whether its redemption from murder or just a big so sorry for rubbing one out watching Internet ****, little lamb of god crunchy cookies are the modern gods choice for your sacrificial dollar

Yes, it is hard to believe something that doesn't quite add up. Interesting bit about Zeus, I didn't know that he required the same type of sacrifice. <br />
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I do not wish to believe in anything that is not real and condones ostracizing people for being different than they are. Religion divides people, it gives children guilt for being the way they are, it harbors (and sometimes supports) extremists and I believe, ultimately seeks to control the masses. <br />
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Studying morals, how to be a better human, finding ways to volunteer and contribute to causes that help others are very good things, but it can come from a resource other than the bible, which also preaches misogyny, bigotry, racism, slavery, hypocrisy, the notion of blood sacrifice and the nightmarish existence of demons, satan and hell.

I think you're right about the grilled lamb. I remember an ancient history professor telling us something about how Zeus just wanted the smoke and the people were free to eat the meat. Not much a sacrifice is it?<br />
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I totally agree about God's sadism. It's not like Adam would eat the apple. It's not like he couldn't have prevented it. He made Adam that way, knowing in advance he'd eat the apple, then punished and exiled him for it. <br />
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Whenever I've asked about that last bit, people say, "Um, free will" without knowing how it really applies when God has infallible foresight and Adam was purpose-made, not just thrown together while God was blindfolded of something. <br />
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I'm not anti-religious, I wish I believed. I just don't.

sorry for you, i cant bring myself to read anymore of this. Good day.

Maybe this god is a demon that has pretended to be a god for thousands of years and has brainwashed his followers into making up stories and laws for future followers.

lol,thank you

We might only burn for like 5 to 10 seconds,and then come back to earth.So in that case we would just be like ouch,that was hot.

You're catching on snow. :-)

Well we dont have any actual proof that we will burn indefinatly,no one knows for sure what happens.

LOL, me n Kaikki, chillin, waitin...<br />
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*tapping fingers*<br />
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*yaaaaawn*<br />
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*streeeeeeetch*<br />
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Should we get some drinks and come back to see if anything has changed?

So far this story has received 16 views and no attempt has been made. I'm afraid that any attempt made to answer this question, if one materializes, will only result in a theory.

I was raised catholic,but I cant think of a good answer to your question.