From the time of Moses to the death of Christ, Yahweh’s Old Covenant was in effect—a Covenant which the religion of Judaism claims to be based on, although in practice, modern day Judaism is a carnal mess. During the days of the Old Covenant, there were many special rules about how sin was to be handled, and all Christians should have a basic understanding of what some of those rules were. But here’s the problem: modern day Christian leaders are doing an abysmal job of educating people about how the Old Covenant worked. The information we’re about to present to you is information that most of you will never hear taught in any church. The Old Testament sacrificial system is one of those topics that Christian teachers avoid like a plague. Why? Well, most of them don’t understand how it works because they were never taught, and they just don’t care. Among the few who do understand how the sacrificial system worked, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who wants you to make the connections we’re going to spell out for you in this post. Why? Because keeping you in the dark about the sacrificial system is extremely profitable for Christian teachers. Don’t believe it? When’s the last time you fell for the fat lie that God commands Christians to tithe? When’s the last time you actually paid some inflated ego money to share his knowledge with you because you were so impressed with the fact that he knew the Bible better than you did? As long as you think your spiritual leaders have some huge advantage over you, you’ll adore them, obey them, pay them, and follow them. If you think that kind of thing isn’t addictive, you need to think again (see Shady Shepherd Tactics: Gaining Rank). Continue reading
The modern Christian Bible is filled with commandments, instructions, and guidelines—many of which are not applicable to Christians. So before you pin up a copy of the Ten Commandments or start stressing over some rule that you find God laying down in Scriptures, you need to understand some basic facts about Bible commands. So let’s get into it. Continue reading
Christians have a bizarre tradition of clinging to the Ten Commandments as if they are the only commandments Yahweh ever gave. Then we pretend that God was talking to us when He gave these commands—which He wasn’t—and we go on to preach that God is still demanding that Christians obey all of these commands today. Well, this is an epic misunderstanding, for do you know what would happen to you if you really put heart and soul into obeying the Ten Commandments to the letter? You’d end up in Hell. Why? Because you’d refuse to worship Jesus or the Holy Spirit as the Almighty Gods that They are. Do you want to end up in Hell? Of course you don’t, and that means it’s time to take off the blinders and give some serious thought as to which of these commands are still applicable under the New Covenant. Continue reading
In this lesson, we will continue our study of the four books which comprise the second major time period in the Bible: Now when you read about the sacrificial system in these books, it’s very easy to get confused and overwhelmed. Leviticus is the book that really gets into the details about how various types of sacrifices were to be processed, and much of the instruction in Leviticus was directed at Levite priests. Yahweh was quite particular about what kinds of offerings He would accept and about how those sacrifices were to be handled. Since the goal of this post is to simplify these concepts and help you identify important principles, we’re not going to bog you down with the graphic details of which anatomical parts Yahweh wanted the priests to dig out of various animal carcasses. What you need to understand is that this was very hard, messy work. It required a man to be in good physical condition and it was the kind of job that never let up. With Yahweh creating so many reasons for people to have to bring sacrifices and with just one processing center (the Tabernacle) available to service millions of people, the priests were always busy.
In this lesson, we’ll take a brief look at the different kinds of sacrifices Yahweh required. We’re just going to look at the main ones that are going to come up over and over again throughout the rest of the Bible. After we get familiar with these key sacrifices, we’ll learn about how the system of sacrifices was abused by both the people and the priests.