It is important to understand man's motivation to perform animal sacrifice as a part of his religion. Did God in the Old Testament require animal sacrifice? Lets begin my answer to this question by quoting the words of Moses Maimonedes, one of the most respected of Jewish theologians, historian, and Talmudist, where he writes about the nature of scripture: “Every time that you find in our books a tale the reality of which seems impossible, a story which is repugnant to both reason and common sense, then be sure that the tale contains a profound allegory veiling a deeply mysterious truth; and the greater the absurdity of the letter, the deeper the wisdom of the spirit”.
When understood from the perspective of the original authors of the scriptures (see An Inconvenient Truth
), what is presented in the scriptures is a blueprint of the seekers own mind -- the levels and forces of consciousness -- and the Laws that control every aspect of the person's life. And while the scriptures may appear as historical accounts, this is merely the facade that enables the authors to present the inner spiritual meaning which portrays the mental development and spiritual events in the life of the seeker in search of Higher Truth.
Why would the scriptures contain (allegorical) fabricated "...stories which is repugnant to both reason and common sense"
-- which I might also add was why Paul portrayed these stories as the "letter that killeth"
[and] "Jewish fables"
(see 2 Cor 3:6; Titus 1:14).
Why? The answer goes to the core of our own holographic reality -- and the fact that whatever we perceive in the outer world, is merely a reflection of the inner reality of our own mind and being. And that primitive man the world over is often observed performing animal sacrifice, is because he is externalizing his own animal nature which he perceives in the outer world. Innately he senses that his own animal nature must be transformed -- and so, he engages in the (outward) ritual of animal sacrifice -- doing outwardly, what he must accomplish within himself. Quoting from http://TheConsecratedLife.com
And when AskMoses.com
states that we must sacrifice our inner animals, is this any different than the teachings of Yeshua in the Gospel of the Nazirenes: "For they, making a god of their belly, sacrificed to their God the innocent creatures of the earth, in place of the carnal nature within themselves. And eating of their flesh and drinking of their blood to their own destruction, corrupted their bodies and shortened their days, even as the Gentiles who did not know the truth, or who knowing it, have changed it into a lie."
Only those who make their body-vessel a Living Temple -- and in the words of AskMoses.com
, they must "...sacrifice our inner animals—our hormones, our lusts, our desires, our beastly compulsions"
-- and is this any different than the words of Paul when he commanded the Gentiles to "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature"
(Col 3:5 NIV)? Or the requirement that “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live”
(Rom 8:13 KJV): Which means that we must transform the beastly predator of carnal man's lower nature, into an unblemished perfect lamb that is a fit sacrifice on the altar of our Inner Living Temple. And this state of required purity and consecration is exactly what is stated by Isaiah where it is written: "And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it"
(Isa 35:8 NIV).
It is important to recognize that under the Law of Moses, the Jews were ONLY permitted to perform animal sacrifice in ONE place -- i.e., the Jerusalem Temple. And when it is understood that the temple in Jerusalem was an allegorical portrayal of the Living Temple that the seeker/disciple must transform in their own body-vessel (see The Living Temple
), then it is their understanding that it is their own lower animal nature that must be raised up as an unspotted lamb, and sacrificed on the altar of their own transformed body-temple. Which is why the literal text of the Old Testament is portrayed as the "letter that killeth"
when the Jews fail to understand the spiritual meaning of the allegorical text, and apply what Jesus call the Key of Knowledge ( http://KeyOfKnowledge.org
) -- turning the scriptures within their own consciousness, mind and being. Yet, the message and meaning is of the utmost importance.
As explained at What Difference Does It Make (http://ebionite.com/AnInconvenientTruth.htm#WhatDifference
), man is of the fourth kingdom -- with the lower three kingdoms of mineral, vegetable and animal as part of his earthly consciousness. That man's lower animal nature in many instances rules and controls his consciousness and being (seehttp://SoulSelf.org/#AnimalNatur
), which is the cause of much of the violence and brutality in the world. And because we fail to comprehend the Cosmology of Mind and Being ( http://SoulSelf.org
), and remain ignorant of the fact that in many people what we have is the beast walking in the forum of man, there are countless elements within our modern culture that actually causes and supports the beast in man to prevail in our society. Further, Paul emphatically warns that Christians and Jews who remain at the level of what he portrays as of a "natural" organic human consciousness, are incapable of comprehending either the higher reality of the Soul, or the true spiritual meaning of the scriptures, because as Paul asserts the faith-based believers of a "natural" mind are of an "animal-soul"
level of consciousness and understanding (see What Difference Does It Make
) -- and therefore remain totally carnal and earth-bound in their thinking because they are ruled over by their lower animal nature.