I thought I'd find out a bit more on the scriptures, dates etc. in order to understand the views of knowledgeable serious Christians - people with impressive qualifications/ doctorates etc. Surely, they must have a point, a valid reason for believing in Christianity....Okay, I won't keep you long, but have a look at this quote from the book:
'Through the first five books of the Bible, called the written Torah, you'll find several hundred references to animal sacrifices and offerings', Brown said,'the fundamental concept was life for life, as recognised by some of the rabbinic commentaries. Why was it so important? Obviously God was seeking to get something across - that sin required a penalty of death, and that God would receive a substitution on behalf of the guilty person. when an innocent lamb was slain and the blood drained out, that was quite a vivid lesson'
This is a scholarly expert talking here! And what is he saying? That the creator of the universe would accept the brutal slaughter of a fluffy lamb to make a person's wrong-doing all right again.....I am almost speechless with incredulity. Beyond comprehension it is that such a degenerate, nasty, illogical, immoral and stupid act of slaughter would be required from an all knowing, supernatural being that created the universe. Beyond comprehension it is that a 'clever' educated professor would profess such a dim-witted view, and beyond comprehension could someone use this view in support of continued worship of such a deity instead of a complete and utter rejection of him/her/it...
The same amoral and senseless idea extends to the sacrifice of Jesus. He is the 'lamb of God' who shed his blood as a substitute for punishing real criminals.
Christianity is amoral and when people insist that religion is the basis of morality, they really should learn to think at a level slightly higher than a five year old.