Excerpt From The Secret Origins Of Judaism
...At this time, The High Priest and his aids set their eyes upon the bull or bullock, there in waiting - they slaughter the animal, prep it as their rituals prescribe. They take a container of the animal's blood, along with burning coals, and smoking incense and proceed toward the entrance to the Holy of Holies i.e. the sanctuary of god. While the assistants pause, the High Priest pushes aside the veil that covers the entrance to the Holy of Holies and he alone enters - he takes with him the fiery coals and smoking incense and places these items into the room before the seat of Yahweh, the misty god shrouded in cloud-like form, that resides therein - the High Priest takes the container of blood, dips his fingers into it repeatedly as he sprinkles blood about the environs in a designed ritualistic pattern - take note of the following:.......Leviticus 16:11-14 And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.
The killing is not yet done! - now the priests turn upon the goat previously chosen, by the casting of lots, as the sacrificial gift of atonement for the general Jewish population. They slaughter the animal and basically repeat the ritualistic processes that followed the slaughtering of the sacrificial bull - see the following:.......Leviticus 16:15-19 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness. And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel. And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the LORD, and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.
We come now to the scapegoat, standing there trembling perhaps, in abeyance, awaiting its fate. The High Priest now proceeds toward the scapegoat, lays his hand upon its head, and repeats prayers of expiation for the people of Israel - that their sins are transferred to the scapegoat, and the scapegoat is thus released and escorted away from the proceedings into the wilderness - note the following:.......Leviticus 16:20-22 And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
After the slaughtering is complete, the High Priest and his assistant priests doff their blood splattered garments, wash up, and put on fresh attire. They gather the scraps of skin, gristle, intestinal waste, bones, what have you; take the items to a spot and burn them - see the following:.......Leviticus 16:23-28 And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar. And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp. And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh, and their dung. And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp.
The bloodletting rituals are an eternal obligation of the Jews - The congregation is now exhorted as to their obligations to god, of their covenant with god as a special people. They are reminded that this ceremony of Yom Kippur must be repeated from year to year throughout all eternity, on the tenth day of the seventh month - note the following:.......Leviticus 16:29-34 And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
... The clergy tells us that the bizarre rituals that we have just reviewed were established by godly decree - that the bible is god's word. I think that it must be abundantly clear to all truth seekers, who possess the courage to weigh these matters dispassionately and unemotionally, that the Jewish claim of divine sponsorship cannot withstand rational scrutiny. The rituals that we have just examined are not only implausible and puzzling but also clearly and blatantly absurd. In regards to the Yom Kippur festival, and the other festivals that we have reviewed to this point, the taint of primitive sacrificial rites and superstitions is palpable. These so-called godly ordained religious rites are clearly holdovers from distant primal ages when the Semitic or Hebrew culture was grossly underdeveloped and very primitive.
The Judaic ritual sacrifices, and such, are...