The statement was made, “if one wonders why we don’t do sacrifices today, it’s because God said to only offer sacrifices in the Place where He chooses, and that place today and forever is Temple Mount, Jerusalem, where currently a Mosque written with blasphemies still stands.“
The author of Hebrews was clear concerning sacrifice:
Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.
24 For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. 13 Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, 14 because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
There is no need for any sacrifice – God made the ultimate sacrifice for us who believe. If further sacrifice were needed, then Christ, being our High Priest, would have to continue making sacrifice. But He does not need to, nor does He do so. He sat down at the right hand of God.
Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us – once for all, all sin and all people, effective for those who believe. We have no need to make sacrifices of animals.
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
The sacrifices, made as sin offerings, were made in the temple by the high priest. But they did not clean the conscience of sin; they were external regulations until the new covenant was given.
7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.
Now we have a NEW high priest who does not have to continually make sacrifice. Christ’s offering was not made in the physical temple, but it still was made for all sin – once for all. There was a change in preisthood and a change in law. And His priesthood is forever, with no need to return to the old law. We have the new covenant and are free from the old. This does not mean to not teach the principles of the old (what I would call the spirit of the law), but it DOES mean we are not subject to the law or its requirements.
For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.
but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood.
Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.
Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. 7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll – I have come to do your will, O God.’ ” 8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made). 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
It is not sacrifices at a temple that that God wants – He wants us to trust Him and love Him and others, THAT is the sacrifice God wants us to give.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
1 Peter 2:5-6
5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
So no. We are not to offer sacrifices at a temple. Christ has made the ultimate sacrifice. Our sacrifices are to be spiritual in nature, praise for God, and helping those who need help: orphans, widows, the sick, the needy, the enprisoned. These things will show our love for God and others, which is what we are commanded to do.
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