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reply to post by dashen
Incidently in the Tabernacle in the desert built by Moses and in the temple built by Solomon in Jerusalem the fire descended from heaven on to the offering. Or something like that.
reply to post by Answer
To figure this out you'll have to go back further than animal sacrifice. Human child sacrifices seem to have been more the fad before you see a change to animal. Biblically the change came when Abraham's almost sacrificed his son Issac before told to change to a Ram instead. I believe this switch from child sacrifice to sacrificing a Ram is symbolic of changing Gods or religions. In Abraham's time child sacrifice was practiced by the Canaanites and worshipers of Baal a.k.a. Baphomet. This was one of many cult of the bull deities that stem back to Egypt and maybe even before. Sacrificing the horned Ram could be symbolic to switching your religion and burning the old horned god effigy to represent that. From there it most likely went to sacrificing different animals as time went on.
Now why did they use children for sacrifice? Maybe the earlier God(s) ate us and preferred young tender meat so now you see cannibalism as a way to copy them and maybe even to become more like them.
I did a thread awhile back that is similar to what you're saying. It's my spin on the subject. Take a peek if you want.
Are humans created to be the perfect food source for a carnivorous alien race?
The Old Testament never mentions cutting out the eyeballs tongue udders anus genitals etc c of a cow. A sin offering was totally consumed by fire. Other offerings such as a peace offering were eaten by the donating parties and temple priests. The parts of the cow that went to the priest were the cheeks the front right leg and the chest. Forbidden from being eaten were the fats that were found on the internal organs. All the internal organs were washed and burnt.
Cattle mutilation is a fairly common phenomenon associated with aliens and UFO's. Evidently, some cattle mutilation remains closely match the Old Testament instructions for ritual sacrifice.