I was in Bali during the Islamic “Festival of Sacrifice” last week. Someone we met invited us to go to the Mosque to witness the ceremony. The Qur’an contains a story that’s pretty similar to our story of Abraham and Issac. The celebration is to commemorate Abraham’s great faith. There is a helpful article HERE about the festival. The festival has nothing to do with atoning for our sins or using the blood to wash ourselves from sin. The Qur’an says, “It is not their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.” (Qur’an 22:37).
We watched 15 animal sacrifices in an row… they were brutal and it would suit me fine if never go to another one. Even so, this Muslim ceremony caused me to love Jesus more intensely than ever.
I have never realized so vividly that I deserve to die in this manner. I have never felt so guilty over my own sin as when I stood over an animal who was being slain to appease god. I deserve to be tied up, I deserve to be forced to the ground, I deserve to have my throat sliced open as mockers watch, I deserve to struggle for breath, to defecate, to twitch and to have my lifeless body stacked in a pile the wicked.
If you have the stomich for it I have set up a page with some pictures from the event. HERE and a video below.