I don’t get it.
In the book of Genesis Cain kills Abel and God says to Cain :
“Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.” Gen 4:10
Who of you has ever been able to hear blood in any form, crying out to you?
Why does the Bible use language like that? It makes blood sound anthropomorphic, like it is a life force unto itself.
And why, in the Old Testament Law, does God make the Israelites kill animals so that the shedding of their blood serves as a cleansing for sin? Why couldn’t God just have made it that you ask him to forgive you and you are forgiven? Why does sin have to be paid for? Why must God be propitiated? And why must it be with blood? Why not just changed words, attitudes or actions? The blood cleansing had to be accompanied by life cleansing in the Law as well anyway.
Really, I can understand why people look at this part of the Bible and lump Christianity/Judaism in with all other religions. In this respect it seems no different from all of the other religions of the time.
It seems just as brutal as the rites of the Assyrians or the Egyptians.
Why did God want his people to use blood so prominently this way? Why did he make them kill animals at all?
And finally, why must it be the blood of Christ which cleanses our sins? Why can’t it be his soap, or maybe his spittle?
Obviously blood is a big deal to God. We know that it conveys oxygen and nutrients to our bodies and that without it we would die, so it is vital for life, but why is it such a strong, central motif to the message of the Bible? Why does the symbolism have to be so stark?
I’d love to hear anyone ‘s thoughts on this topic.