Sometimes when people talk about God, it’s hard to determine if they are talking about Kronos or Christ?
What is the deal with all the Old Testament sacrifices, altars, tabernacles, and temples, or the New Testament’s narrative about the nailing of Jesus to a cross and the language of drinking the blood and eating the body of Christ in Christian worship?
How can the late-modern person take serious anyone talking about eating the flesh and drinking the blood of their God and not think these folks are delusional, self-identified Werewolves or Vampires?
Doesn’t it all seem a bit too fantasy geek to believe in angry and wrathful gods, sacred temples, rites, and acts that all revolve around an ancient text that reads like a menu of bizarre sacrifices for whatever ails or offends?
What kind of God requires the death of anything or anyone to be right with Himself?
Why can’t God just declare someone OK and skip all the bloodletting?
Am I really sure I want to sing about being “washed in the blood”?
Isn’t it true that the sacrificial systems of worship that exist in most ancient religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Animism and the Judeo-Christian branches of faith simply reveal they are connected to an archaic system of beliefs that misunderstood the nature of reality, and were rooted in uneducated, superstitious thought?
Hasn’t the modern, scientific world replaced those old and odd worldviews with a more accurate, logical, verifiable explanation of the natural and metaphysical world?
Is God a bloodthirsty Monster?
These are the questions of the skeptic, seeker and saint in our day.
What does all of this have to do with a sermon series on: ‘HomeMatters: Singleness, Marriage, Family & Faith: God’s Plan for human flourishing in the Old and New Testament’?
Surprisingly a lot, and I hope that you will give me the chance to present to you why the Bible teaches that these issues matter for the heart and home to flourish.
Come join us at Jacob’s Well Church this Sunday at 10AM for Sermon #7: ‘Why the Pagan & Pious understand Sacrifice is required for Human Flourishing’.