Why the Need for Sacrifices?

I have a question, and perhaps some of you can help me. I have always seen a fundamental problem with religious sacrifices.

What exactly is the point?

In a pantheon where deities are not the creators of everything, or do not have unlimited powers, it might make sense. They use the “food” and worship to power themselves.

However, if some god is the creator of everything, can make anything it wants at any time, and ultimately owns everything, it is stupid. Person X breaks some rule and has to kill creature/s Y to appease god Z; destroying part of god Z’s creation to make god Z less angry?

It always reminds me of someone buying me a birthday present with my own credit card.

And tithing is stupid as well. Giving god Z part of your wealth/food (which he created) as a gift to thank him (which he already owned in the first place). Duh.

And why do these deities need all of the copper/brass/silver/gold/etc. in their various texts? What do they actually DO with it? Go down to God-Mart and buy stuff they could just blink into existence like I Dream of Jeannie? And why give them your money. Can’t these deities just fill their temples with wealth overnight, any time they wish?

In a galaxy of 400 billion stars, in a universe with 270 billion observable galaxies, your $20 seems kinda unnecessary.

Sounds like a scam by the priestly class.

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3 thoughts on “Why the Need for Sacrifices?

  1. YES!
    Good questions. Such subjects eat at the mind of the non-religious and it is high time that a blogger asked them clearly and with appropriate disbelief/amazement.
    I’m not sure what led earlier peoples to believe that sacrificing animals or other people may improve their chances at crop production, war, seafaring, hunting or whatever. Religions like Christianity come with their own justification for sacrifice, connected with the story of the messiah dying for our sins. Even though many a logical mind asks: what is the big deal? because the supposed Jesus was in some strange way god himself, an immortal being in a mortal shell, subject to death but not for long and all that shit. Looking at it plainly, their was no sacrifice on behalf of gullible mortals, so great question, why would we sacrifice to that or any other god. (Apart from gaining the chance to clearly display our gullibility).
    Good post, ncc1707c!

    All the best,
    Woody

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    • Yes. In the Jesus story, he said that he would die and rise again in three days (mimicking Jonah). However, official church doctrine says it was at most 40 hours, not even two days. However, it would be three days the way the Romans counted time, showing that this is a later addition for a non-Jewish audience.

      Also, if Jesus was an immortal being who existed since the beginning of time and will exist forever, 40 hours is not much of a sacrifice. It is more like an inconvenient weekend.

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      • As a contrast, Odin All-Father hung on a tree for nine straight days, not 3 or 6 hours, depending on which gospel you read. In his story, he sacrificed himself to gain the power of the magic runes. The way to overcome death, is not to die.

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