Posted: Sep 27, 2017 10:14 am
by Zadocfish2
Nor did he condemn it, or point out that human sacrifice is "horrible".

Please provide source for this claim.

Deuteronomy 12:31, Deuteronomy 18:10, Jeremiah 7:31, many, many other passages including almost every single time the practices of the Canaanites are mentioned even in passing, or, you know, do a quick Google search instead of pretending you're asking a big "gotcha" question. It's mentioned QUITE A LOT in the OT, actually. To the extent that I feel a bit better about not researching ancient Near-East rape laws earlier; at least I'm not the only one making a comment on a subject I'm unfamiliar with without so much as a quick search. On the other hand, while I don't know too much about ancient law in most cultures, I do know the Bible better than most, so I'm in a position to call out blatantly-untrue claims and wildly out-of-context quotes, at least.

OK, better be sure you have a baby animal to hand when your wife gives birth then ... or else?

The temple had plenty of lambs and such in stock; there was plenty of precedent for building up minor debts to the temple if you weren't immediately able to pay, and childbirth was a very major affair. If all else failed, if your kid wasn't sanctified for some reason, you'd probably just get booted from being able to participate in temple rituals and public meetings and the like; that was the usual punishment for breaking ceremonial laws.

And by the way, Go doesn't stop Abraham, and angel does.

That's like saying, "My client didn't shoot this man, the gun did." The word "angel" means "agent" in Hebrew, but the relationship between God and angels in Judaism isn't at all what it is in later Christianity; being told something by an angel is, in Judaism, exactly 0% different from being told the same thing by God.