Sacrifice FAQs:

Q: Is sacrifice the offering of food?

A: Yes, and objects or the lives of animals to a higher purpose, in particular divine beings, as an act of propitiation or worship.

Q: Was sacrifice practiced in Ancient Israel?

A: Yes, and with the opening chapters of the book Leviticus detailing parts of an overview referring to the exact methods of bringing sacrifices.

Q: Is sacrifice between a couple thousand and twenty thousand per year?

A: Yes.

Q: Was sacrifice practiced on a far larger scale in ancient China?

A: Yes.

Q: Were sacrifices to help the sun rise, some to help the rains come, and some to dedicate the expansions of the great temple at Tenochtitlán?

A: Yes, There are also accounts of captured Conquistadores being sacrificed during the wars of the Spanish invasion of Mexico.

Q: Were sacrifices of young adults or children?

A: Yes.

Q: Is sacrifice made present without Christ dying or being crucified again?

A: Yes, it is a re-presentation to God, of the "once and for all" sacrifice of Calvary by the now risen Christ, who continues to offer himself and what he has done on the cross as an oblation to the Father.

Q: Is sacrifice the ritual killing of an animal as part of a religion?

A: Yes.

Q: Was sacrifice practiced by various Pre-Columbian civilizations of Mesoamerica?

A: Yes.

Q: Were sacrifices supposed to lessen the divine ire?

A: Yes.

Q: Was sacrifice practiced by many ancient cultures?

A: Yes.

Q: Is sacrifice emphasized by Jeremiah?

A: Yes.

Q: Was sacrifice a necessary part of the relationship between God and man?

A: Yes.

Q: Are sacrifices a concession to human psychological limitations?

A: Yes.

Q: Is sacrifice still practiced today by the followers of Santería and other lineages of Orisa as a means of curing the sick and giving thanks to the Orisa?

A: Yes, However, in Santeria, such animal offerings constitute an extremely small portion of what are termed ebos—ritual activities that include offerings, prayer and deeds.

Q: Is sacrifice no longer officially condoned in any country?

A: Yes, and any cases which may take place are regarded as murder.

Q: Are sacrifices an ideal in Judaism?

A: Yes, and completely central.