Q. My husband was watching a debate on youtube about God’s existence and he said that in this video it was mentioned that in the old testament (specifically in the book of Deuteronomy) there used to be human sacrifice offered to God but then it was switched to animals. I’ve never heard such thing and I find it hard to believe.
Also, what do you tell people when they start questioning God’s existence, love, compassion and kindness when they ask why would God say to stone to death people for being homosexual, not virgin, etc? I’ve never known how to respond to those questions.
A. I will guarantee you that there’s no verse in any Book of the Bible that shows God condoning human sacrifice. He’s the Author of life.
Paul said that everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. (Romans 15:4) The Bible teaches us that God hates sin, and the punishment for sin is death. God’s qualities include love, compassion, and kindness, but they also include righteousness and justice. Some one has to pay the penalty for our sins. During Old Testament times certain sins brought immediate punishment by stoning. This was to teach us how much God hates these sins.
Later, out of His love for us. He sent His Son to die in our place to save us from the penalty of our sins.
The lesson from all that is, even though we don’t take people out into fields and stone them anymore, those who refuse the pardon that His death made available to them will still die for their sins. Tell them that.