Why Did God Allow Animal Sacrifice? (Father Simon Says)

Ever wondered why the Old Testament is filled with tales of animal sacrifices that seem, well, kinda outdated (not to mention a bit gross) to our modern sensibilities? A mom who wrote in told Fr. Richard Simon that she’s trying to explain this to her 12-year-old twins during homeschooling! 😅

Here’s the scoop straight from Fr. Simon, who dives deep into this perplexing question. Turns out, it’s not what you’d expect! 🐑✨

First off, let’s bust a myth: God wasn’t sitting up in heaven demanding animal sacrifices for His own entertainment or pleasure. Nope, not at all! Instead, these ancient rituals were profound lessons in love and sacrifice, pointing directly to the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the cross. 🕊️❤️

“But why animals?” you might ask. Well, here’s a gentle reminder: those Old Testament folks were experts in ensuring the process was as pain-free and humane as possible. It was all about respect and significance, not cruelty. 🙏

Even God says He doesn’t need those sacrifices. 🤯 They were never about satisfying divine demands but about teaching us humans a thing or two about sacrificial love and the imperfections of our world. 🌍💔

Father explains: the world’s imperfection is built in. It was a “six-day creation”, symbolizing our imperfect reality, while “seven” represents divine perfection and the promise of a new, restored creation.

So, next time you’re munching on a burger, remember… It’s a modern echo of those ancient sacrifices, reminding us of love’s sacrificial nature. And the good news? In God’s eyes, nothing is lost, not even those animals. They’re all part of the grand plan for a renewed heaven and earth where every creature finds its place. 🌟🐾

 🕊️🧐 Remember, to God, all are alive!

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.