Yom Kippur

The ground is red with blood
The whole area smells of death
Blood flows freely
Each person touching death personally

Each person will touch a chicken
Each chicken must die
A blessing to transfer sins
A dead chicken killing the last year’s sins

In the beginning God created life
These days, we destroy that life
Daily carelessness destroying life
None of us takes our actions seriously

Today, people touch the chicken
Wave the chicken in the air,
Each person slaughters the beast
Each person sees the effect of Sin.

How much life does greed destroy?
What harm is brought without thought?
The whole Earth groans from our acts
One day, the destruction is personal!

The heart asks, is this all necessary?
Must we see harm personally.

Today Gary spoke of the doctrine of Substitutionary atonement. I found it interesting, though it seems accidental that Yom Kippur also falls today. The sermon was a basic overview of the doctrine.

Personally, I feel that Substitutionary atonement is at best very incomplete. If the primary purpose of the incarnation was Substitutionary atonement, then Christ came to save sheep and chickens. Today the Jews will sacrifice chickens to atone for their sins… Christ must be more than the ultimate sacrificial chicken.

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7 comments on “Yom Kippur

  1. Charity says:

    Yes, sacrificial chicken salvation…it lacks something in the area of mystery and majesty. Unless you consider that chicken sacrifice is not sufficient to relieve the sin debt. So, Christ dying for us to remove trust in ineffective ritual and place that trust in the omnipotent would be the better focus.
    Happy Day of Atonement!
    Charity

    • :-) Thanks for your input. I struggle more than most people know with theology — always asking questions. This is one issue where the why’s elude me — I’ll definitely keep reading and thinking.

  2. Theodore A. Jones says:

    FYI. The doctrine of substitutionary cannot be completed for it has an insurmountable complication proponents of this doctrine ignore. The insurmountable obstacle to substitutionary atonement is God’s unchangeable oath in Gen. 9:5 NIV. There cannot be any man’s life taken by bloodshed which does not result in the residual requirement of God demanding an account for taking that man’s life by bloodshed. However it is only relative to Jesus’ crucifixion that that the residual requirement to account is exponential. For the law of God has been changed making it mandatory that each man to save himself must give an account to God regarding the fact that Jesus’ life was taken by bloodshed. There are no exceptions. Because refusing to account to God by this Way is a sin by law for which there is no forgiveness.

    • Thanks for your comment. One odd thing, I did not question this (Jesus as scapegoat) until I started studying theology — I learned there were other, rather ancient theories of salvation… and I started thinking… “The problem with the forgiveness of sin — is it still leaves me where I started. Dead in (from) sins, but forgiven is still dead… we need new life.

      Mmm… Jesus’s life was taken by blood shed — Gen… that is an interesting observation… and, your reading seems to be supported as Peter speaks to the Pharisees in Acts (3 is it?)

  3. Theodore A. Jones says:

    My friend I did not expect such a quick reply nor did I really expect any entertainment that I might be considered right. One of the defects of theologies is the false assumption(s) that all OT sacrificial ceremonies are relative to Jesus’ crucifixion. Only one is, Passover. Since you are a quick study I think the connection should be apparent, but I will state it for the sake of other readers. It is the rule of Passover requiring mandatory participation to become a recipient of Passover’s benefit, escape from death, that is the significant feature relative to Jesus’ crucifixion. There are two other things only relative to Jesus’ because his life was taken by bloodshed. One is God’s set purpose for each man.

    ” And from each man too I will
    demand an accounting for the
    life of your fellow man.”

    The second is Heb. 7:12, “change of the law.” And Rom. 5:20 is the clarification.
    So then consider this.
    “It is not those who hear the law who
    are righteous in God’s sight, but it is
    those who obey the law who will be
    declared righteous.”
    What is the law you must obey to be declared righteous?

  4. […] that this theory is itself heretical… only incomplete. It has the difficulty that it has Christ standing in the place of sheep and chickens. The humanity of Christ is unimportant under this theory — and the deity of Christ is a […]

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