The Only way to Remove Sin ?
Dear brothers and sisters,
Christians claim that the only way to remove sins is through
the blood of Jesus, they claim that the Old Testament supports
The Christians point to the Old Testament and claim it
supports their views that sin is only removed through blood.
Let us have a closer critical look at the Old Testament and
see if it supports the Christian views that the only way to be
saved is through the blood of Jesus.
The most commonly used verse from the Old Testament by
" For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have
given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your
souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the
If this was the only verse in the entire Old Testament, then
it may support their views but this is only a fraction of the
guidelines of removing sins.
The Old Testament goes into numerous Different methods of
removing sins and blood is at the bottom of the list.
For Example the Old Testament says you can also remove sins
by giving charity Exodus 30:15-16 and Numbers 31:50, incense
Numbers 16:46-47, etc...
" The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not
give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto
the Lord , to MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOULS . And thou shalt
take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt
appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the
congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of
Israel before the LORD, to MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOULS . "(
Exodus 30:15-16 )
"We have therefore brought an oblation for the Lord , what
every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets,
rings, earrings, and tablets, to MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR OUR SOULS
before the Lord . " ( Numbers 31:50 )
Furthermore, blood sacrifices were only preformed for
unintentional sins (Leviticus 4:2-3 ,Leviticus 5:15 , and
"If a soul commit a trespass, and SIN THROUGH IGNORANCE ,
in the holy things of the Lord; then he shall bring for his
trespass unto the Lord a ram without blemish out of the flocks,
with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of
the sanctuary, for a trespass offering: "(Leviticus 5:15)
"Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul
shall SIN THROUGH IGNORANCE against any of the commandments of
the Lord which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of
them: If the priest that is anointed do sin according to the sin
of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he hath
sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the Lord for a sin
offering. "( Leviticus 4:2-3 )
"And if any soul SIN THROUGH IGNORANCE , then he shall
bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the
priest shall make an atonement for the SOUL THAT SINNETH
IGNORANTLY , when he sinneth BY IGNORANCE before the Lord , to
make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him." (
Novembers 15:27-28 )
If we take a closer look at the Logic behind Leviticus 17:11,
we see that the Christian opinion that the only way to remove
sin is through blood is even further not supported in the Torah.
For Example, Blood sacrifices would only be available to the
rich who can afford a animal.
Therefore the Blood sacrifices would not be for everyone as
The Old Testament made it clear that blood sacrafices was not
the only way to remove sins becuase it stated that if someone
was too poor for a lamb, they then could offer two turtledoves
or two young (Leviticus 5:7)
It even goes further to show that blood was not the only
means to salvation by saying if you couldn't even afford
pigeons, then use flour;
"But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two
young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering
the tenth part of AN EPHAH OF FINE FLOUR FOR A SIN OFFERING ; he
shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense
thereon: FOR IT IS A SIN OFFERING ." (Leviticus 5:11)
Since flour could be used for a sin offering, it is clear
that blood was not the only way to forgive sins.
The Christian claim that only blood sacrifices can forgive
sins contradicts the Old Testament.
Throughout the Old Testament, it states that everyone is
responsible for their own sins;
"But everyone will die for his own sin; each man who eats
sour grapes, his teeth will be set on edge" (Jeremiah 31:30).
"No man can by any means redeem his brother, or give to
God a ransom for him" (Psalms 49:7).
"So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for
blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the
land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of
him who has shed it!" (Numbers 35:33).
"The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the
punishment for the father's iniquity, nor will the father bear
the punishment for the son's iniquity; the righteousness of the
righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked
will be upon himself" (Ezekiel 18:20).
"Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor
shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be
put to death for his own sin" (Deuteronomy 24:16, II Kings 14:6).
Therefore the Death of Jesus for everyone's sins is not
supported by the Old Testament.