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.