Christians insist that blood sacrifice is a necessary prerequisite for the atonement of sin. These Christians believe that this is an open teaching of the Jewish Scriptures. Although there is no verse which explicitly says: “without blood there is no atonement” Christians still believe that the overall testimony of the Jewish Scriptures would lead one to this conclusion.
What are the Christian objections that have been directed against general observance of Law? What is the truth behind these Christian objections. We find out here.
. Christian Objections to the Oral Law
We now move on to those Christian objections directed against the Jewish belief in the unwritten teachings of Moses.
We now move to the next Christian objection directed specifically at the Rabbinic institutions which are so prominent in Judaism. Moses specifically commands the people “do not add onto that which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2, 13:1). How then can the Rabbinic leaders legislate new decrees and institutions? Is this not a direct violation of Moses’ command?
THE LAW AND THE CHOSENNESS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE
The Angel of the Lord
Let us move on now to those passages in which God seems to be interchangeable with an angel. In chapter 18 of Genesis three men appear to Abraham.
Belief in the eventual coming of the Messiah and perfection of the world under his reign is a basic and fundamental part of traditional Judaism. The concept is not mentioned explicitly in the Torah (Five Books of Moses), but many hints are given through exegetical teaching of several passages.
Rabbi David Aaron*, in his most provocative book, Seeing God, relates the following dialogue with his son:”My three-year-old son was watching me pray one day, trying to imitate my movements, pretending he was also praying. Then out of the blue, he blurted out, “Daddy! I just saw God’s feet.”
The Tenth of Tishrei, the date of Yom Kippur, marks the anniversary of when Moshe (Moses) descended from Mount Sinai for the second time, following the people’s sin with the Golden Calf. B’nai Yisroel (Children of Israel) and Moshe prayed that God should hear their plea for atonement and forgiveness from such an unfathomable sin.
I read an article by a professor in Israel who suggests that the revelation at Mt Sinai was actually a drug-induced hallucination. I thought it was a ridiculous proposition, but it did get me thinking. How do we know that it was indeed G-d who spoke to Moses and not some mind-altering mushroom?