Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin

Hebrews 9:22 tells us that blood must be shed to purge sin from our lives.  I believe this calls for personal sacrifice and not necessarily the physical shedding of blood.  The same personal sacrifice that is inherent in the divine love that Jesus demonstrated by both His life and His death.  When Jesus was approached to act in a family dispute about the distribution of a family inheritance He made it plain that He had come to change hearts and not financial equality (Luke 12:13-15).  More money doesn't change hearts.  Redistribution of wealth isn't about changing the heart of the receiver, it's about changing the heart of the giver.  If no one was in need there would be no call on us to be compassionate and believe me we would not be compassionate and lay down our own lives for another without a strong tug on our hearts.  Even in the midst of the tragedy in Texas there are those who's hearts are untouched and can only think of their personal agendas.  Legislation doesn't change hearts, Compassion that leads to personal financial sacrifice does.  Jesus addressed our myopic view of life in  Mat_16:26 when he said "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"  Unfortunately Tragedy is often needed to awaken the compassion within us that leads to the personal sacrifice that makes us more like God.  I don't believe God has built tragedies into our life for that purpose but He knows that when they come we will often rise above our own self-interest to be the loving soul He created us to be.    

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Comment by Forrest Curo on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 4:48pm

If Jesus is the one who said "My yoke is easy; and my burden is light," then the heavy burdens must be something people are doing instead...

Comment by Forrest Curo on 9th mo. 3, 2017 at 6:25pm

My reading of that family inheritance story is more like:

"Tell my brother that I'm right and he's wrong."

"You want I should say what?"

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The Torah was not about financial equality; it was however emphatically concerned with recognizing physical wealth as God's property, loaned to us to make sure everyone had their needs covered. Was a good Jew to ask himself, "Do I feel Charitable today?" That wasn't even a consideration; the demand on anyone prospering was: "Don't harden your heart or charge your brother interest; don't even think about whether the low-life scum is going to pay you back; make sure he's okay."

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