He set up the animal sacrifices as a temporary covering until such time he was ready to bring forth this "seed" which proved to be his Jesus.
Why does Yahweh play Shakespeare and drag out this unnecessary drama? If your god really wanted to forgive people for their wrongdoings he would just forgive them, not have them cut the throats of lambs.
To not demand perfect justice would mean he is not a perfect being. But he did, lovingly, provide a way for forgiveness to be extended while at the same time he satisfied the requirements of perfect justice.
Again, an all powerful and perfect being would just forgive- it wouldn't make up some disgusting ritual involving sprinkling the blood of animals on altars. That's silly and barbaric. The Judeo-Christian religion sure is obsessed with sacrifices.
It is also a concept that the child willingly did this. Let's say father and son are on a battlefield together and they see a grenade land among a group of soldiers. Let's say the father is not physically able to get to the grenade and he instructs his son to throw himself on the grenade to save those other men. Let's say the son agrees with his father and throws himself on the grenade and it explodes, killing him. All the other men are safe because of this.
Are the father and son heroes or are they evil?
Wait a second... the father takes out a grenade, pulls the pin, and lobs it in his own platoon's foxhole, then tells his son to jump on it? He's evil
I have a more accurate analogy for you, tell me what you think:
There once lived a man who bred dogs. Over the years he worked to produce a breed of strong, intelligent and loyal animals. At last he developed a unique breed which, he liked to think, reflected the best of his own nature. And for awhile all was good. Then the animals began fighting. They fought among themselves and with other breeds. They fought and injured and killed, often for trivial reasons, sometimes for no reason at all. Worst of all in the breeder's eyes, the dogs became disobedient, sometimes not even recognizing him as their master. Because he could not bear their savagery, nor endure their arrogant disobedience, the breeder decided he must destroy them. He planned to kill them all.
Then he had another idea. He loved his dogs so much, in spite of their unremitting savagery, that he decided to put his young son in the dog pen as a model of innocence and virtue, to save the dogs from themselves. Surely, in the presence of such an obvious example, a teacher sent by their master, the dogs would be humbled and would learn to reject their monstrous ways. But in his heart the breeder knew this would not happen. He knew the dogs would kill his son. And they did. The dogs ripped away the young man's clothing and tore him to bloody pieces.
The insane breeder continued to love his dogs, and he told them, "Any of you who will believe this was my son, whom I allowed to be killed for your sakes, I will not punish, but I will bring you to live with me in my house." -Anonymous
Is he evil, Jst?