I am a skeptic, but I am friendly, so I hope you will be too!
I recently started reading the old testament, and I have a question. Forgive the language…I mean no disrespect, but I don’t know how else to ask it.
Why does God need to be appeased by burnt animals? The old testament documents thousands of animals being sacrificed. I understand the punitive aspect of a man giving up something of value to atone for his sins, but the scripture makes it sound like God actually ENJOYS animal sacrifice.
Also, how exactly does killing/burning an animal atone for one’s sins? Why take it out on a dumb ox?